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Report: Why CBS Really Canceled 'CSI: Miami'

Hint: It was all about location, location, location

By Corey Levitan May 16, 2012 8:28AM

celebs101.comOf all the strange reasons to cancel a television series, here's a contender for strangest: "CSI: Miami" reportedly met the ax because it's not set in New York.

According to this Zap2it report, CBS President Nina Tassler told press in New York on Wednesday morning that the decision to cancel either "CSI: Miami" or "CSI: New York" was "almost a jump ball."

 

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When the slightly different budgets and rating concerns were factored in, Tassler said, "It was an indiscernible difference ... It was just a matter of looking at the schedule and what looked better."

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According to the report, the reason David Caruso is once again out of a job is because CBS wanted a Big Apple-themed Friday night, featuring "CSI: New York" at 8 p.m. ET/PT, followed by "Made in Jersey" (a show about a Jersey-bred lawyer trying to make it Manhattan) at 9 p.m., and the New York City cop drama "Blue Bloods" at 10 p.m.

Had another CBS night featured two other Florida shows, perhaps the show could have been saved -- at least long enough to produce a proper season finale.

Apparently, the fact that most people still associate Caruso with his regrettable decision to leave "NYPD Blue" didn't count enough to fit the theme.

51Comments
Sep 8, 2014 7:34PM
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Cancelling this show is absolutely ridiculous we all love these characters, the story lines and the cinematography is stunning. The end of this show is a huge loss. Nina Tassier should perhaps be the one looking for a new position. Bring it back now please! 
Jul 7, 2014 12:53AM
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Maybe we should start a petition to bring CSI Miami back!
May 14, 2013 4:29PM
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Maybe it got cancelled because it was RUBBISH!
Mar 3, 2013 1:52AM
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Not a fan of fiction.

Started watching  CSI: Miami in December, 2012, and enjoying it so very much.

David Caruso is that old time Cop.

Cancellation was a Bad Idea.

Bring him back in another show real fast!!

Jan 2, 2013 3:46PM
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For so many years, CSI Miami is one of my favourite TV show, I felt so disappointed that CBS had cancelled the CSI Miami.
Dec 10, 2012 1:10PM
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I watch CSI: Miami because I am Sooooo tired of all of the NY shows. The orginial CSI is what I thought they would let go as it has not the ratings it had and CSI: Miami over ran it years ago. 

Why do the exe's not find out the feed back from their viewers before they make this BAD decisions.

 

:( will miss this show.  At least we can see them on A&E as re-runs.

Dec 6, 2012 12:12PM
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I think its a shame that CBS doesnt care enough about the fans of this show to even give us a proper series finale episode thats just stupid of them!!!
Nov 1, 2012 7:05PM
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There is NO replacement for Horatio Caine!  I didn't hear about the cancellation because I wasn't looking for it.  I spent the new fall season waiting for it.  Still in denial.  Can't believe network decisions sometimes.  NY is fine.  NY is not Miami nor could Mac Taylor (Lt. Dan) ever replace Horatio Caine.  Apples and oranges.... and Ted Dansen, bananas!  Where can we plead Miami's case?
Oct 31, 2012 10:26AM
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This is the only CSI I watched I am so sick of shows set in New York City,the city has ugly back grounds shots and buildings, New York is a dirty city you can see the filth everywhere and with people that would not care if they saw a person lying on the street hurt. so to me shows set in New York City make me feel ill.Miami has lush backgrounds beautiful houses and people.To cancel a show because of the location esp when it some place like Miami is just plain STUPID. I think that it was canceled because of the night they put it on Sunday is a death curse for shows all most every week it get pushed aside because of football games, how can a show get ratings if you don't show it. I think CBS was dumb I would not watch that network now if they paid me.You guys broke my heart.
Oct 20, 2012 5:55PM
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That bites! I have been watching some of Caruso's stuff since he was in the movie "Twins" as a security guard at a parking garage. I was really getting into Miami. They need to bring it back. I actually was looking forward to seeing the new season when I found out that it was cancelled. Come on CBS, bring back CSI: Miami.
Sep 28, 2012 8:27PM
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This really sucks.  I loved that show.  I have watched David since he was on NYPD Blue.  The least they could have done is put calle and delco together with the children.  I am really going to miss this show.
Sep 19, 2012 5:12PM
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This is crap. Get rid of CSI NY. That one sucks. Go figure, always get rid of the good shows. Jerks.
May 16, 2012 9:40PM
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Although I was getting bored with Miami, I like David C & cast. I don't care for the NY, it's so dark/heavy. I will miss H. I wish CBS was keeping Unforgettable- now THAT is a shame to lose, wish Cable would pick up the series. I really like Poppy M.
May 16, 2012 2:52PM
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The real question is why did it take so damn long to axe it??
May 16, 2012 2:43PM
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Miami was a great show! I liked the way Caruso carried himself. Not a very good actor
but he is better to watch than stupid shows like 2 broke women. Now C.S.I is going down the
tube............ ! anyway that is MY opinion.

May 16, 2012 2:38PM
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CBS, what a load of crap! What does it not being in NY have anything to do with canceling CSI Miami?If the network had not moved it to Sunday night & left it where it was would not have lost viewers! Love CSI: Miami & CSI: New York which by the way has a great time slot. CBS killed CSI: Miami, not viewers!
May 16, 2012 2:10PM
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i enjoyed all three csi 's and i also enjoyed a gifted man ,i wonder what cbs will  do cancel all the good shows bring on all comedies and reality shows of course they think all people like survivor and two broke girls i doubt it one day they will wake up and smell the green (money) leaving and they will have no viewers ... cbs really needs to at least give the fans a proper ending to a favorite show or maybe do the smart thing bring csi miami back and a gifted man and cancel some of the amazing race and survivor shows neither will be missed by anyone i know 
May 16, 2012 1:53PM
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if you live in new york you no here it is a show every day of your life lets see whats going on some where else
May 16, 2012 1:35PM
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One of the dumbest things I've heard today.Funny I never really got into CSI NY, the world must revolve around NY.
May 16, 2012 1:18PM
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If they had really filmed the show in South Florida, it would have been more watchable but got tired of seeing California subbing in for most of the live action.
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