Anthony E. Zuiker

Show Creator & Writer


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About this interview

In his two-hour Archive interview, Show Creator and writer Anthony E. Zuiker discusses his early years growing up in Las Vegas and developing an interest in writing, which led to screenwriting assignments. He discusses the creation and development of the CSI franchise, which includes CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: Miami, and CSI: New York. He talks about the various actors on his series, including William Peterson, David Caruso, and Gary Sinise, and the challenges when actors leave his shows. He also discusses his work in digi-novels and his opinions on the business of television. Stephen J. Abramson conducted the interview in Los Angeles, California on October 6, 2010.

"I didn't know any rules.. but to do a science show on CBS.. and show a guy's chest being shot out..and tell fractured storytelling, where you start at the end and have evidence inform the storytelling.. is such a radical concept for the year 2000, that to this day I pinch myself that (CSI) ever got on the air."

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Highlights
Anthony E. Zuiker on coming up with the title CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and on going on a ride along with a Las Vegas CSI unit
Anthony E. Zuiker on "Who Are You" by The Who being the theme song for CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Anthony E. Zuiker on the challenge of writing the science into CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Anthony E. Zuiker on what viewers like about CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and on working with Carol Mendelsohn and Ann Donahue
Anthony E. Zuiker on doing a crossover with CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and CSI: Miami and on splitting duties between the shows
Anthony E. Zuiker on his production company Dare to Pass and on his involvement with publishing
Full Interview

Chapter 1

On his early life and influences; on television he watched growing up, and on writing he did as a child
On selling his first script "The Runner"; on working on various scripts for feature films
on meeting CSI: Crime Scene Investigation producer Jerry Bruckheimer; on how the idea for CSI: Crime Scene Investigation came about; on writing the pilot for the show
on coming up with the title CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and on going on a ride along with a Las Vegas CSI unit; on working with CSI: Crime Scene Investigation producer Jerry Bruckheimer on the show; on the realism of the sets of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and on the use of flashbacks and time shifting on the show
on the initial casting of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation; on Leslie Moonves, who put CSI: Crime Scene Investigation on the CBS schedule; on William Peterson as "Gil Grissom" on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and on the challenge of writing

Chapter 2

On the success of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and reaction to the show from real CSIs and the public; on getting the biological details on the inside body shots correct on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and the process of bringing those elements together; on the demographics of the CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
On the CSI: Crime Scene Investigation writing staff, and on finding stories; on input CBS gives for CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and on the show moving nights; on his favorite episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation "Blood Drops" and on episodes that were hard to do
On working with the directors of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and on where the show shoots; on his Emmy nomination, the CSI theme song, and on how CSI: Crime Scene Investigation has changed the way we view television
On the cast of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation; on the romance between "Sara Sidle" and "Gil Grissom" on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation; on the legacy of the show
On CSI: Miami starring David Caruso; on doing a crossover with CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and CSI: Miami and on splitting duties between the shows;
On CSI: NY starring Gary Sinise; on comparing the three CSI shows
On his production company Dare to Pass; on then-current television he was watching and on the then-future of television; on his then-future
Shows

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

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Anthony E. Zuiker on meeting CSI: Crime Scene Investigation producer Jerry Bruckheimer
Anthony E. Zuiker on how the idea for CSI: Crime Scene Investigation came about
Anthony E. Zuiker on writing the CSI: Crime Scene Investigation pilot and on hooking up with Jerry Bruckheimer
Anthony E. Zuiker on coming up with the title CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and on going on a ride along with a Las Vegas CSI unit
Anthony E. Zuiker on working with CSI: Crime Scene Investigation producer Jerry Bruckheimer on the show
Anthony E. Zuiker on what made CSI: Crime Scene Investigation stand out from other shows
Anthony E. Zuiker on the realism of the sets of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and on the use of flashbacks and time shifting on the show
Anthony E. Zuiker on the initial casting of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Anthony E. Zuiker on Les Moonves, who put CSI: Crime Scene Investigation on the CBS schedule
Anthony E. Zuiker on William Peterson as "Gil Grissom" on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and on his duties in season one
Anthony E. Zuiker on the challenge of writing the science into CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Anthony E. Zuiker on the success of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and reaction to the show from real CSIs and the public
Anthony E. Zuiker on getting the biological details on the inside body shots correct on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and the process of bringing those elements together
Anthony E. Zuiker on the demographics of the CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Anthony E. Zuiker on the CSI: Crime Scene Investigation writing staff, and on finding stories
Anthony E. Zuiker on what viewers like about CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and on working with Carol Mendelsohn and Ann Donahue
Anthony E. Zuiker on input CBS gives for CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and on the show moving nights
Anthony E. Zuiker on his favorite episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation "Blood Drops" and on episodes that were hard to do
Anthony E. Zuiker on working with the directors of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and on where the show shoots
Anthony E. Zuiker on being nominated for an Emmy Award for CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Anthony E. Zuiker on "Who Are You" by The Who being the theme song for CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Anthony E. Zuiker on how CSI: Crime Scene Investigation has changed the way we view television
Anthony E. Zuiker on the cast of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Anthony E. Zuiker on losing cast members of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Anthony E. Zuiker on the romance between "Sara Sidle" and "Gil Grissom" on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Anthony E. Zuiker on the legacy of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Anthony E. Zuiker on doing a crossover with CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and CSI: Miami and on splitting duties between the shows
Anthony E. Zuiker on comparing the three CSI shows
Anthony E. Zuiker on the CSI video game

CSI: Miami

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Anthony E. Zuiker on CSI: Miami starring David Caruso
Anthony E. Zuiker on doing a crossover with CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and CSI: Miami and on splitting duties between the shows

CSI: NY

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Anthony E. Zuiker on CSI: NY starring Gary Sinise
Topics

Characters & Catchphrases

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Anthony E. Zuiker on William Peterson as "Gil Grissom" on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and on his duties in season one

Emmy Awards

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Anthony E. Zuiker on being nominated for an Emmy for CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Pop Culture

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Anthony E. Zuiker on coming up with the title CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and on going on a ride along with a Las Vegas CSI unit
Anthony E. Zuiker on William Peterson as "Gil Grissom" on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and on his duties in season one
Anthony E. Zuiker on "Who Are You" by The Who being the theme song for CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

TV Theme Songs

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Anthony E. Zuiker on "Who Are You" by The Who being the theme song for CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Professions

Writers

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Anthony E. Zuiker on what viewers like about CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and on working with Carol Mendelsohn and Ann Donahue
Anthony E. Zuiker on working with the directors of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and on where the show shoots
Genres

Cop/Detective/Mystery Series

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Anthony E. Zuiker on creating CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
People

Jerry Bruckheimer

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Anthony E. Zuiker on meeting CSI: Crime Scene Investigation producer Jerry Bruckheimer
Anthony E. Zuiker on writing the CSI: Crime Scene Investigation pilot and on hooking up with Jerry Bruckheimer
Anthony E. Zuiker on working with CSI: Crime Scene Investigation producer Jerry Bruckheimer on the show

David Caruso

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Anthony E. Zuiker on CSI: Miami starring David Caruso

Leslie Moonves

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Anthony E. Zuiker on Leslie Moonves, who put CSI: Crime Scene Investigation on the CBS schedule

Gary Sinise

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Anthony E. Zuiker on CSI: NY starring Gary Sinise

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