The CSI franchise is going the way of the Law & Order franchise — at its height, it was three series strong, and probably could’ve sustained a fourth series, but now as time goes on three is now two and the “youngest” CSI show, CSI: NY, airs on Fridays. It is a strong Friday night series and has proven to CBS time and time again that it actually has the viewership to stay on Fridays seeing as anything scripted that isn’t CSI: NY or Blue Bloods that airs on CBS on Friday’s cannot make it past a season (Looking at you A Gifted Man & Made in Jersey). Now, does that means I actively watch this series? No. I use too watch it when I was younger and in the “prime” of its run, but not anymore. Will I tune into it if I’m having a lazy Friday night? Sometimes.

The last time I watched CSI: NY was actually pretty recently when they did this stunt episode where half the episode was silent and featured songs from Green Day’s new album. Upon watching it, I was surprised that, the quality of the series hadn’t much diminished since the last time I watched which had been several years before. At the same time, the stunt episode was not enough for me to actively want to restart watching the show. However, what that viewing did show me was that for such a standard procedural, it still has some compelling elements which explains why Gary Sinise still does not want to return to the world of films.

The show is not as strong as it use to be, but it is still better then a lot of the reality programming, or just “reruns” the other networks offer up. I salute CBS for still making Friday a priority by getting original episodes of shows out on the night. Though this show is not my cup of tea anymore, it could still be a lot worse. This is a take it or leave it show — you’ll either love it or feel meh with it. Hard to really hate this series but there’s not enough in it to distinguish it from a lot of the ballsy shows being produced nowadays. Its only advantage is that it airs on Fridays with very little scripted competition. If Friday was still in its hayday (like in the 90’s and earlier), this show wouldn’t be on the air anymore. Still though, I don’t recommend you watch this show actively — I’m not saying you shouldn’t watch the show entirely at all.

However, maybe you might want to make an exception tonight and at least DVR this week’s episode. Our EIC, The Pit, has a friend in this week’s episode- so check it out for him!

Episode Description, “Blood Out”: Lovato’s cover is inadvertently blown, which leads the CSIs to investigate a Latin street gang she infiltrated while undercover.

Catch the new episode of CSI: NY at 9:00pm on CBS.

8PM

SYFY: WWE SmackDown (wrestling)
CBS: Undercover Boss (reality)
CW: Nikita (spy drama)
ABC: Last Man Standing/Malibu Country (TGIF!)
DSC: Gold Rush (docu)
HGTV: Lightmares (docu)
ID: Facing Evil (docu)

9PM

TBS: For Better or Worse (comedy)
CW: Arrow (action drama)
PBS: The Mind of a Chef (docu)
ANIMAL: Raised Wild (docu)
DISNEY: Phineas and Ferb/Fish Hooks (animation)
HGTV: Flea Market Flip (reality)
TRU: Killer Karaoke (reality)

10PM

CBS: Blue Bloods (crime drama)
E!: Fashion Police (docu)
FX: Ultimate Fighter Fridays (fighting)
DSC: Jungle Gold (docu)
PBS: The Mind of a Chef (docu)
TLC: Brides of Beverly Hills (reality)
TRAVEL: The Dead Files (docu)