David Caruso and 'CSI: Miami' repeats coming to AMC
The cable network announced Friday that it had acquired the first 10 seasons of the CBS forensics drama starring David Caruso as the hard-boiled Caine -- more than 200 episodes in total -- plus an additional two seasons if those episodes are produced. "CSI: Miami" will premiere on AMC on Jan. 2 and run weekdays at 5 p.m.
AMC has lately staked out a reputation for high-prestige original programming, such as "Mad Men," "Breaking Bad" and "The Walking Dead." By buying repeats of an established broadcast hit, the cable outlet is turning to a ratings-boosting tactic long used by other networks, including USA and A&E. The move also takes AMC further away from its original mission to air classic Hollywood features. "CSI: Miami" marks the first time the network has bought an existing show off the broadcast networks.
"'CSI: Miami' is one of television's most powerful franchises, and AMC is proud to add it into our programming line-up," Tom Halleen, the network's senior vice president of programming and scheduling, said in a release.
"CSI: Miami" repeats already air on A&E, where they will continue running in the mornings and early afternoons. In addition, episodes ran weekends on certain local TV stations for four years ending in 2010. ("CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," which inspired the Miami spin-off, has reruns on Spike TV and USA.)
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Photo: David Caruso stars in "CSI: Miami," now headed to AMC in a syndication deal. Credit: Matt Kennedy / CBS