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'CSI' Canceled After 15 Years of Corpses, Blood Splatter, Maggots

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"CSI," the signature CBS drama and ushered in a series of science-based criminal shows for more than a decade, is being canceled but will get a two-hours movie sendoff as the show closes.

The official word from CBS will not come until the network's formal presentation Wednesday, according to The Hollywood Reporter, but sources told the celebrity publication that the once popular series could include a cliffhanger.

The cancellation of "CSI" marks a sea-change in the television landscape, marked also by Fox's cancellation of another longtime staple "American Idol," reported Vulture.com.

"Two people with knowledge of the situation tell Vulture there'll be a TV movie next season to wrap up loose ends on the show, though the network isn't commenting just yet on that notion," said the site. "The good news for 'CSI' fans is that spinoff 'CSI: Cyber' has been picked up for a second season."

Variety reported that in February, "CSI" averaged a 2.1 rating in adults 18-49 and 11.2 million viewers overall, according to Live+7 estimates from Nielsen.

The original "CSI" had outlasted two of its other spinoffs – "CSI: Miami," which ran from 2002-2012 and "CSI: New York," which aired from 2004-2013.

The show and its numerous spin-offs had become such a phenomena at the height of its success that some in law enforcement had complained about a "CSI effect," because some court jurors expect to see some of the high-tech devices they see on the television show to convict criminals, noted National Public Radio in 2011.

"I think that 'CSI' has done some great things for medico-legal death investigations," Mike Murphy, the Clark County Nevada coroner told NPR in 2011. "It has brought what we do from the shadows — where people really didn't want to know and didn't care what we do — to the bright light of day.

"It's also caused some problems. And some of those problems are [that] people expect us to have DNA back in 20 minutes or that we're supposed to solve a crime in 60 minutes with three commercials. It doesn't happen that way," Murphy added.

Others, like Donald Shelton, a chief judge in Washtenaw County, Michigan where the University of Michigan is located, told NPR in 2011 that after conducting a study that involved 2,00 jurors, he found there was little evidence of a "CSI effect" when jurors view a case.

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