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May 14, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Steve Swasy

TV writers were performing a postmortem analysis of the death, announced Sunday, of CBS’s CSI: Miami, starring David Caruso, one of television’s top-rated shows. New York Times media writer Bill Carter speculated that the cancellation of the show occurred “because it was more expensive than its newer, and lower-rated, sister show, CSI: New York. It is a curious fact that the longer a TV series remains on the air, the more expensive it becomes to produce. Featured actors often demand huge salary increases. Labor contracts assure even low-ranked crew members substantial pay increases. To retain quality, expensive location shoots are cranked up. And as production costs for CSI: Miami mounted, ratings for the series softened. CSI: Miami has been on the air for 10 years; the parent show, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is in its thirteenth season; CSI: New York is in its ninth. Some media commentators saw the handwriting on the wall for the other members of the CSI franchise. “The news marks the beginning of the end for one of TV’s most successful franchises of the past decade,” The Los Angeles Times commented. There was no immediate comment from producers or cast members about the cancellation. Also canceled on Sunday was the supernatural drama A Gifted Man. Despite the fact that it managed to draw a relatively large audience — averaging about 8.5 million viewers — it was one of the lowest-rated shows among the 18-49 age group. Star Patrick Wilson took to Twitter to complain that he heard about the cancellation via an email, not from the network. However, he added, it was “shocking to no one. He concluded, “I couldn’t be happier. As good as it was (sometimes) it was not what I signed on for.”