CSI: Cyber will mark a departure from criminal forensics, which has been the subject of the first three CSI series, focusing instead on cyber crimes. Inspired by the work of Irish cyber psychologist Mary Aiken, the CSI spinoff centers on Avery Ryan, Special Agent in Charge at the Cyber Crime Division of the FBI in Quantico, VA, who is tasked with solving major crimes that start in the mind, live online, and play out into the real world.
The fate of the U.S. government is at stake as Avery and the Cyber team search for the hacker responsible for the largest breach of highly classified data in history after millions of federal employee files are stolen. Also, Avery and her ex-husband
CBS has cancelled CSI: Cyber after two seasons, ending the long-running CSI franchise in the process. Cyber was the most-recent and final installment left on the air after other entries were cancelled in recent years.
The hugely-successful CSI franchise produced a total of four entries over its 16-years on the air. The original became a massive hit for the network and paved the way for a slate of related forensic procedural dramas hoping to capture some of its success. Its two following spin-offs - Miami and NY - saw similar accomplishments, staying on the air for nine and 10 years respectively before ultimately being cancelled in 2012 and 2013.
CSI: Cyber was CBS' final attempt at continuing the franchise for a new generation but the show never really caught on with viewers the way the others had. It aired two shortened seasons before the network decided to pull the plug, and with it say good-bye to CSI.