12:17pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
AMC Lands Rights to 'CSI: Miami'
David Caruso is joining the likes of zombies, cowboys and ad men.
In a deal with CBS Television Distribution, male-skewing cable network AMC has picked up the rights to CBS' veteran procedural CSI: Miami, marking its first off-net acquisition.
The home to The Walking Dead, Hell on Wheels and Mad Men announced Friday that it has licensed the first 10 seasons of the CSI: Crime Scene Investigation spinoff starring Caruso as a former homicide detective as he leads a team investigating crimes in Miami.
“CSI: Miami is one of television's most powerful franchises, and AMC is proud to add it into our programming lineup," said Tom Halleen, senior vp programming and scheduling at AMC. "Dramatic storytelling is expressed at AMCthrough our library of celebrated films, award-winning original series, and now is further complemented through our first off-net series, CSI: Miami."
Currently airing its 10th season on CBS, the deal also includes two additional seasons should the procedural continue on into Seasons 11 and 12.
AMC will strip CSI: Miami five nights a week beginning Monday, Jan. 2 at 5 p.m.