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Published:April 7th, 2007 11:22 EST
CSI: NY Rules Wednesday Nights

CSI: NY Rules Wednesday Nights

By Garrett Godwin

The Big Apple has been a great city for shows like Law & Order and spin-offs, Special Victims Unit and Criminal Intent; NYPD Blue, and Without A Trace.

Two years after CSI:Miami, Anthony E. Zuiker went three for three in the latest installment, CSI:NY.  Debuted as a backdoor pilot in CSI:Miami's second-season "MIA/NYC - NonStop" in 2004, Mac Taylor is head of the crime lab in Manhattan.  When it comes to the evidence, he lives by this philosophy: everything is connected because there is always a story.  Together with his team of criminalists-detectives, they set out to solve crimes on the gritty and urban streets of New York.

Like the parent and the eldest offspring, CSI:NY have all the elements to become a hit.  However, in the beginning, the series was originally to be darker than the other two.  After an uneven freshman season, writers and producers lighten several things such as the setting, the clothes, and the characters at the start of season two. 

What makes New York unique from Sin City and Miami is that while the case is the focus every week, the series is more character-driven, going more in the team members' personal lives and background.  For instance, this season, widower Mac is romantically involved with Dr. Peyton Driscoll (Claire Forlani) of the medical examiner's office, his first relationship since his wife died on 9/11.

Now in its third season, CSI:NY is the number-one series on Wednesday nights, beating long-running favorite Law & Order, and recently renewed Lost.

Catch Mac Taylor and his team take a bite out of crime in CSI:NY seasons 1-2 on DVD, and catch new episodes Wednesday nights at 10pm on CBS.