CSI Spin-Off Scoop: Patricia Arquette to Star in CBS' Cyber Crime-Themed Offshoot

Patricia Arquette CSI Spin-OffMedium alum Patricia Arquette has landed the lead role in CBS’ cyber crime-themed planted CSI spin-off, TVLine has learned.

The Emmy winner will play Avery Ryan, Special Agent in Charge at the Cyber Crime Division of the FBI in Quantico, VA. Ryan is tasked with solving high-octane crimes that start in the mind, live on-line, and play out into the real world.

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The character, inspired by real-life Cyber Psychologist Mary Aiken (who serves as a producer), will be introduced in an episode of CSI: Original Flavor to air later this season. (CBS will decide whether to order the spin-off to series in May.)

Franchise creator Anthony E. Zuiker will co-write the script with longtime CSI EPs Carol Mendelsohn and Ann Donahue.

Arquette most recently recurred on the fifth season of Boardwalk Empire as a love interest for Steve Buscemi’s Nucky Thompson.