Csi: Ny

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A decent brand name goes a long way in television, as evidenced by the four-decade success of the Star Trek franchise. Along with syndication, most TV series these days are planned with merchandise-able characters and spin-offs in mind.

Sunday, 25 July, 2010, 12:00am

Crime pays for father of formula franchise

Twelve years ago, Anthony Zuiker was earning US$8 an hour as a train driver at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas. Today, the 39-year old TV producer is at the helm of one of the most lucrative series franchises in television history, CSI, which now comprises three different shows, each with huge international followings.

2 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

New York state of mind

When Melina Kanakaredes accepted the role of Detective Stella Bonasera on CSI: NY she knew she would be compared to Marg Helgenberger, who plays the lead female character on the original CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. But Kanakaredes, 40, wasn't deterred from taking the part, as the show's enduring popularity has had a positive influence on women choosing to work in forensic science.

13 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

He's on the case

Somehow, it's not too much of a surprise to discover that George Eads is from Texas. The 40-year-old actor, one of the lead characters on the top-rated CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, does, after all, have a bit of a swagger.

16 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

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It is hard not to feel sorry for Ray Liotta. I'm sure if you'd told him back in 1990, just after he'd played the lead in arguably one of the finest movies of all time (GoodFellas), that his ensuing career would be so mediocre, he'd have said you were a funny guy.

1 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

CSI tipping the scales of justice

Imette St Guillen's dream was to be a crime scene investigator, just like the forensic experts she loved to watch as they solved the difficult cases on popular TV shows such as Law and Order and CSI.

2 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

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'When I'm feeling blue, all I have to do is take a look at you, then I'm not so blue,' bleated slap-headed crooner Phil Collins in A Groovy Kind of Love. One would suspect, however, that the former Genesis drummer's response to his blueness would have been a little different had he seen the first instalment of outbreak-based drama Medical Investigation (Star World, Wednesday at 9pm).

25 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

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Question: which TV genre now prominently features the line, 'Oh my God! Oh my God! Oh my God?' Horror? Nope. Mystery? Nope. (Normally the character doesn't survive long enough to say 'Oh my God!' three times.) Comedy? Well, yes, but that's not quite the answer I am looking for.

Answer: home makeover shows.

3 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

Fortune smiles on business behind bars

It's time for the next instalment in Lai See 's occasional series, Paragons of Positivity , where we confound doom merchants by highlighting businesses that are booming (we kid you not) in sunny Hong Kong.

Today, we turn to the somewhat enclosed world of Hong Kong jails.

8 Aug 1998 - 12:00am