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It might really suck for longtime fans that CSI: Crime Scene Investigation will be ending this fall with a special movie, but there is a silver lining. Because the series is going out with a made-for-TV movie, most—but not all—of the original cast will be returning, and this week, we got a first look at the gang getting back together on set. Check it out, below.
The picture comes to us courtesy of Marg Helgenberger, who played Catherine Willows on the drama from its inception through Season 12. Also pictured is William Petersen, who played original forensic entomologist Gil Grissom on the show, and Paul Guilfoyle, who played Jim Brass through Season 14. Throw in current cast members Jorja Fox (Sarah Sidle) and Eric Szmanda (Greg Sanders) and you have one of the coolest reunion photos of all time.
What kind-of makes it better is the fact that this photo isn’t all we are getting. CBS announced back in May that CSI was cancelled, but would not be ending immediately. Instead, to wrap the storyline up, the network is producing a feature-length movie that will bring back the show’s most beloved characters and will bring closure to fans. Since Season 15 ended on a bit of a cliffhanger related to Julie being in a coma, hopefully fans who stuck with CSI for years will get that plotline wrapped up, as well.
So far, we don’t know exactly how CSI will manage to get most of the gang back together for the movie, considering the former characters were all written out in different ways. We do know for a fact that not everyone will be back for the CSI TV movie. Elisabeth Shue was still on the series when it aired its Season 15 finale, but she won’t be back for the final bow, leading us to believe that coma storyline may not end so well for the character. In addition, George Eads left CSI during Season 15, and his character Nick Stokes will also not be returning for the CSI feature. That one’s a bigger bummer, as Eads was also an original cast member.
Still, the CSI finale movie should be a big draw, even for fans who haven’t tuned in for an episode of the series in quite some time. If you’d like to see the cast reunite for an actual episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, you can catch the finale special on Sunday, September 27 at 9 p.m. ET during premiere week. In addition, here’s what else CBS has coming up this fall.