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Friday, Jan 15, 2010
by PopMatters Staff
by Mira Katbamna
The Guardian (1 December 2009)

“What makes hit US investigative drama CSI Las Vegas great? Is it the gadgets and the gore? Is it that Gil Grissom, played by William Petersen, looks hot in a lab coat? Or is it some intangible chemistry between actor and director, character and theme that results in on-screen magic, two spin-offs and over 40 awards?


Armed with some very clever software and a huge computer, three academics at Royal Holloway, University of London – screenwriter and lecturer Adam Ganz, professor of computer science Fionn Murtagh and doctoral student Stuart McKie – reckon they can help with the answer, because ratings success is all about the script.”


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