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'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation' will have its last case next season

'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation' will come to a close

"CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," the landmark procedural that anchored CBS' prime-time lineup and sparked several spinoffs, will have its last case next year as it moves into its 16th and final season.

The network is planning for the finale of the series during the 2015-16 season. The drama revolves around a group of Las Vegas-based criminalists and investigators who examine physical evidence to solve murders.

Although the drama has been often criticized for its violence and images, it has been a reliable hit for the network since its premiere in October 2000, and is one of the most popular shows internationally.

The series has also survived several cast upheavals and the departure of original lead William Petersen.

Laurence Fishburne joined the cast in 2008, replacing Petersen. After two and half-seasons, Fishburne announced he was leaving. He was replaced in 2011 by Ted Danson, the current lead.

"CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" has sparked spinoffs including "CSI: Miami", "CSI: New York" and "CSI: Cyber," which is being renewed after one season.

greg.braxton@latimes.com

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