CSI: Vegas has had an interesting journey. The show was originally branded as an epilogue to the original CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, but it was so successful that CBS decided to renew it for a second, and eventually third, season. What was supposed to be a cash-in on procedural nostalgia became a certified ratings draw in its own right.
Of course, CSI: Vegas has run into the same writers and actors strike buzzsaw as the rest of the shows in Hollywood. The show was originally slated to return during the fall, but protests by the aforementioned groups led CBS to delay it to 2024. Let’s discuss what we know about CSI: Vegas heading into the new year, and what fans can expect to see in what is expected to be a shortened season.
Does CSI: Vegas season 3 have a release date?
Even though the actors strike has been officially resolved, and a new working schedule is arranged to make up for the lost time, it will take a little bit for CSI: Vegas and other procedural shows to be ready for the new season.
The writers were able to strike a deal with the studios in October, and have since resumed work on a number of different procedural shows. In the case of One Chicago, casting decisions have already been made on who has been written out of the franchise and who has been written back in. There has also been a decision made to begin prepping soundstages for use, which means that the production for all scripted dramas was getting close even before the actors strike ended.
According to TV Insider, CSI: Vegas season 3 will premiere on Sunday, February 18.
Who is part of CSI: Vegas season 3 cast?
CBS has yet to provide an official confirmation regarding the complete roster of actors for season 3, but we are expecting the return of most of the major cast members for CSI: Vegas. Here’s a list of the cast members who we anticipate will be back for the upcoming 2024 season:
- Paula Newsome as Maxine “Max” Roby
- Matt Lauria as Joshua “Josh” Folsom
- Mandeep Dhillon as Ahalya “Allie” Rajan
- Ariana Guerra as Serena Chavez
- Jay Lee as Christopher “Chris” Park
- Lex Medlin as Beau Finado
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Part of the initial appeal of CSI: Vegas was getting to see cameos from beloved CSI: Crime Scene Investigation characters like Jim Brass (Paul Guilfoyle), David Hodges (Wallace Langham), and Gil Grissom (William Petersen). Both men popped up in season 1 and had memorable interactions with the main cast, but their absence in season 2 suggests that they likely not be returning in 2024.
On the bright side, Marge Helgenberger is a CSI: Crime Scene Investigation veteran who took on a bigger role in CSI: Vegas season 2. She was added to the main cast, and barring any major issues or sudden changes in direction, she will be back as Catherine Willows to help solve cases!
Is there a CSI: Vegas season 3 trailer?
Unfortunately, there is not yet a trailer for the new season of CSI: Vegas and it’s highly unlikely that we’ll be getting one for season 3 before the end of the year. Filming on the new season has not yet begun and with the show’s release date still waiting to be determined now that the actors strike is resolved, there is a decent chance we won’t be getting a trailer for the new season until 2024.
As soon as a trailer for the season is released, we’ll update this piece with said trailer or promo.
Has CSI: Vegas season 3 started filming yet?
Nope. Despite the cast members for CSI: Vegas no longer being on strike, CBS still needs several weeks to arrive at a start date for production. The upside of this current set-up is that it gives the writers time to work on scripts and develop new story ideas without having to rush them to the cast and crew. There is a bit of leeway in terms of time, which could keep the quality higher than the last time there was a writers strike.
How many episodes will be in CSI: Vegas season 3?
Another factor that is benefiting the writers is the fact that season 3 of CSI: Vegas will be shorter than its predecessor. The first two seasons were 10 and 21 episodes long, respectively, and the former was such a small amount because it was had a shortened order.
Based on the current information we have regarding the strike and the amount it takes for shows to be made, we anticipate there being an estimated 10-13 episodes that will air in 2024. It’s less than we hoped for, but at least it suggests that the showrunners and writers are focusing on quality rather than quantity.
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