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CBS pulls plug on CSI after 15-year run

CSI stars William Petersen and Marg Helgenberger in 2003 Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption William Petersen and Marg Helgenberger, pictured in 2003, will return for the finale

US TV network CBS has confirmed its long-running drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation will end this year.

The show, which began in 2000 and spawned three spin-offs, will end on 27 September with a two-hour finale.

Original cast members William Petersen and Marg Helgenberger will return as Gil Grissom and Catherine Willows.

Ted Danson, the show's current star, will continue his role as "DB" Russell in sister show CSI: Cyber, which began its first season in March.

The show's other spin-offs, CSI: Miami and CSI: NY, ran for 10 and nine seasons respectively before being cancelled.

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Image caption Former Cheers star Ted Danson has appeared in CSI since 2011

Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation follows a team of forensic investigators based in Las Vegas.

Highlights during its 15-year run include Grave Danger, a two-hour episode from 2005 that Quentin Tarantino conceived and directed.

The show has also featured guest appearances from Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Charlie Sheen, who appeared in a 2008 "cross-over" episode with his then-sitcom Two and a Half Men.

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