The verdict is still out on whether or not the Season 9 finale of “CSI: NY,” airing Friday, Feb. 22, will also be the show’s series finale, but the decision on whether or not to pick up the procedural drama most likely won’t be made until May.
As a result, the producers and writers of “CSI: NY” have crafted an episode that can serve as either — but it is the third time they have had to do so — and executive producer Pam Veasey, jokes that if this keeps up, she believes they are going to run out of ideas.
“As a team, we just decide how can we give our audience satisfaction for a season finale, but also possibly the series finale,” she said in an exclusive interview with XfinityTV. “We usually end with Mac Taylor because when the series started, we were with him and he led you into the team… It tends to end with Mac, but we like to show a picture of our whole team together in case it is the end.”
Last season’s finale was an episode in which Mac (Gary Sinise) was shot during a robbery and he hovers between life and death. It was an opportunity for him to “see” his late wife, which he needed to allow him to move on with his new lady, Christine (Megan Dodds). But the very end of the episode, showed Mac on the road to recovery and reuniting with his CSI team. The decision was made not to end with a cliffhanger — his possible death — in case it was actually the series finale.
Preview the “CSI: NY” Finale:
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For this year’s finale, no one on the team is in imminent danger — other than possibly throwing a few punches when civil unrest is on their doorstep — but other lives are in jeopardy when the community becomes unsettled over the police shooting of an unarmed man.
“It is the first time we have had an explosion and outrage against the police from the public,” Veasey says. “We are not doing our typical chase to find out who done it. We know who died and we know who is accused of killing the person. Now we are dealing with the pressure of a community who is outraged and bringing their outrage to the precinct and demanding answers, so it puts a clock on our team to hurry up and find answers.”
The theme for Season 9 of “CSI:NY” was the unexpected in both cases and the personal lives of the characters, so what will happen if there is a Season 10?
“I am only predicting because you are asking, but we would probably expand on family — the addition to families,” Veasey says. “Like Jo [Sela Ward] has a daughter who is dating and her older son may be getting married. Mac is expanding his family. Danny [Carmine Giovinazzo] and Lindsay [Anna Belknap]– at the end of the season, Lindsay is pregnant. So it would be about the expansion of family. We would still do riveting, compelling crime stories, but I think the audience loves the characters so much that they would allow us to let their personal lives complicate the process of doing their jobs.”
“CSI: NY” wraps up its ninth season on Friday, Feb. 22 at 9/8c on CBS.