Now here's something that I should've known but actually didn't until now: CSI was rejected by ABC before going to CBS. That explains why the show's creator, Anthony Zuiker, named his production company Dare to Pass: "If you pass on a project, it may end up somewhere else. I'm daring them to pass."
That production company is in the middle of a new, two-year deal with CBS. Under those terms, Zuiker's company will develop programs, scripted or otherwise, for the network. He will, however, continue to serve as executive producer for all three CSI shows.
But why CBS? Obviously, the roots. "That's the home that built my career," he said. "They gave a kid working on a Las Vegas tram for $8 an hour a chance back in 2000 ... Now, with the CSI franchise healthy and doing well, I'm thinking about the next big thing."
And his approach this time will be different. "Making a one-off TV show is not going to sustain a real business anymore," he said. "It starts with a great TV show, but then becomes a 24/7 experience ... from device to device to device."
"We're going to select projects that are too tough to turn down, that are really character-centric, are cross-platform and come with a built-in business model," he added. The projects will be created "as if they will live on CBS."
Considering that, apart from his work on the CSI franchise, he's also busy with his "diginovel", Level 26: Dark Origins, as well as his memoirs... yeah, makes sense.