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NY Magazine gets city coroner Jonathan Hayes to write about the latest CSI spinoff, CSI: NY, set in our great city. Now, Gothamist is predisposed to the reigning cop-and-lawyer show in town, Law & Order, especially since it actually shoots its episodes in NY, but we won't mind seeing CSI:NY in reruns or on Spike TV at some point. Gothamist did like Hayes's insights about being a coroner:

There’s a forensic saying that “there is only one honest witness to every murder”—the victim. And we talk about the Five Questions: Who are you? How did you die? When did you die? Where did you die? Who killed you? But we don’t ask those questions out loud. Watching Khandi Alexander [of CSI Miami] caress and murmur to the bodies creeped me out, both for its bedroom-level sensuality and its tacit New Ageism. Aesthetic issues aside, that sort of sentimentality is just not an option if you’re going to stay sane doing this work.

CSI creator and producer Anthony Zuiker tells Hayes that "[The New York series] will be more desaturated, colder in winter, oppressive, muscular. Less gloss, less glamour," and from the commercials, the photography does have that slick Bruckheimer touch.

The Post's Adam Buckman is finding this third CSI "bloated": " After all, there comes a time in every viewer's life when he or she must ask him- or herself: How many pale and decomposing corpses with bruised throats do I need to see in a single lifetime?" The NY Times' Alessandra Stnaley compares CSI: NY and Law & Order, the big Wednesday night at 10PM showdown TV network execs are salivating over; she tries to explain that CSI is more male and L&O is more female, but this description is most fitting: "It comes down to two different tastes in diversion. Watching "Law & Order" is like doing needlepoint. "CSI,'' be it in Las Vegas, Miami or New York, is closer to playing a video game."

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