Longtime 'CSI' showrunner Carol Mendelsohn leaving, signs deal with Sony Pictures TV

By Daniel S Levine,

For the past 14 years, CBS’ monster hit CSI: Crime Scene Investigation has been overseen by showrunner Carol Mendelsohn, but, in the latest change for the ageing series, she will be leaving. Mendelsohn has signed an overall deal with Sony Pictures TV.

Mendelsohn’s departure from CSI was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter on Thursday. Don McGill, who has worked as co-showrunner since 2010 with Mendelsohn, will take over as solo showrunner to keep things consistent.

“In handing over the helm to my dear friend and partner, Don McGill, I know he and our CSI team will carry on brilliantly what we've all created together,” Mendelsohn said in a statement. “CSI, its cast and crew, writers and directors, will always be my family.”

Mendelsohn will stay an executive producer on CSI, as well as the new spin-off, CSI: Cyber.

Her next move is bringing Carol Mendelsohn Productions to Sony TV, notes Variety. She signed a three-year deal with the studio to develop future projects there.

CSI will be starting its 15th season this fall. Creator Anthony Zuiker already left three years ago and the main cast has seen several changes. The series is now fronted by Ted Danson and Elizabeth Shue. Paul Guilfoyle left in May’s season finale.

CSI is still a huge international hit, although CBS’ NCIS recently became the most-watched show in the world.

image courtesy of CBS, photo: Michele Paniz/CBS ©2013 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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