If the new program CSI: New York reaps the success of its two predecessors, the original Las Vegas-based CSI and the spin-off CSI: Miami, look for CSI: Nashville to be on CBS next fall.
Sources say the show will follow the pattern of the other members of the CSI franchise: dead bodies, glitzy sets and several dashing, crime-bustin' pathologists.
An assistant producer for the show, speaking on condition of anonymity, says that the Music City edition of the crime dramas will play up its location in obvious ways. While most of the interiors of the show will be on sound stages in Los Angeles, some exteriors and the opening credit sequence will be shot in various locations around Nashville.
The show's local influence extends to its opening credit music.
All the other CSIs use a song by The Who for their theme"Who Are You?," "Won't Get Fooled Again" and "Baba O'Riley." For CSI: Nashville, producers have obtained rights to use "Pinball Wizard, " but have had it re-recorded by the twangy BR5-49.
George "Goober" Lindsey, who will be filling his first major dramatic role, will play the lead investigator. He plays "aw-shucks" country pathologist Dr. Lindsey "Goober" George.
"I'm looking forward to it," says Lindsey, whose career has been pretty much defined by his 1960s role on The Andy Griffith Show. "I want to show that I can do more than comedy, and this show will allow me to redefine myself."
Lindsey is joined in the cast by Mindy McCready as a young CSI who has a problem with authority, and Ray Stevens, as Goober's sidekick who often does comic impression to break the crime scene tension.
"There's no city other than Nashville that could provide talent like this," a member of the CSI production staff says. "We had a chance to do CSI: Grand Rapids and picked Nashville in a heartbeat."
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