‘CSI: NY’ Proves Big Brother is Watching

by | February 10, 2012 at 2:10 PM | CSI: NY, Interview

Sela Ward in CSI: NY (CBS)

Jo Danville (Sela Ward) proves that she is one smart cookie on tonight’s episode of “CSI: NY” when she pieces the evidence together from two seemingly unrelated deaths and figures out that they are connected. She cleverly makes the puzzle pieces fit when a third crime is committed and shows her how it all comes together.

“It is one of those situations where a criminal act as simple as stealing a bicycle has ramifications that no one anticipated,” says producer Trey Callaway, who wrote “The Ripple Effect” episode.

“Things like that where there is more for me to do make me so happy as an actor because the nature of this kind of show is exposition, explaining to the audience what is happening,” says Ward. “That makes it not as interesting for an actor.”

XfinityTV was on the set the day that Jo gathers the troops together in one room to present all the evidence, meaning she has the majority of the lines. And Gary Sinise, who stars as Detective Mac Taylor, admitted it was nice for a change to be a bit of a bystander.

Preview “The Ripple Effect”:

“I am happy when she is working,” he jokes. But more seriously, he says, “As the season has gone on, we have had some great episodes that have focused on her character and her expertise. In the last couple of ones that have aired, she was involved in a rape crime and there is all kind of stuff going on [in this episode].”

One of the things that is going on is the introduction of some new technology, which was recently demonstrated on another CBS show: “60 Minutes” and is very big brother.

“There is a new capability of surveillance that the NYPD boasts,” Callaway explains. “They have a new system of cameras in place that cover almost every block which gives them the ability to, for example, isolate colors. So if you know a perp was wearing a red jacket, you can isolate only the color red in all the surveillance feeds which helps you narrow down your focus.”

Also in this episode, Mac visits Christine (Megan Dodds) at the restaurant she owns, where he shares a memory with her about her brother, who was his former partner. Could it be a precursor to a pending romance?

“Our show is a whodunit,” Sinise insists, not encouraging any talk that love could be in the air for Mac. “Any time they infuse the show with personal touches and give us more to do than search for clues, it is fun. They have tried to write in relationship things for Mac before. I don’t know what will happen.”

“The Ripple Effect” episode of “CSI: NY” airs tonight at 9/8c on CBS.