Hold onto your Ray-Bans because what we’re about to tell you might actually blow your minds. Ever wondered what Luke Perry, James Van Der Beek and David Caruso have in common? Well as of right now it’s one little thing: the CSI franchise. That’s right, when CSI: Cyber, the Crime Scene Investigation spinoff starring Patricia Arquette, debuts in early 2015, our former teen heartthrobs will officially join the forensics show club.
We’ve known that
Dawson Van Der Beek will be a part of Cyber since the summer (he’ll play a battlefield forensics expert), but now reports are indicating that former 90210 bad boy Luke Perry has signed on as well. Our ’90s-loving hearts are officially on overload. Perry will play a former CSI agent in the new series, one who was supposed to have gotten the same job that Arquette’s character ended up landing. There may or may not be some romantic entanglements or hard feelings to follow.
It’s hard to believe that Van Der Beek and Perry are actually of age to join CSI, but then it’s also easy to forget that the show has been around since 2000. When you think about it, it makes perfect sense for the actors to choose this as their next steps, given the worldwide popularity of the brand and the original show’s ability to regenerate itself with new actors every few years. Plus this new show is said to be heavily focused on the technology behind the forensics, and who doesn’t love a good-looking smart guy? Especially one who we know can also be in touch with his artsy, director-side or whisk us off into the sunset on his bike?
OK, OK we realize those were just characters. But it’s been forever since Perry has actually been on television in a long-standing role, and we’re still crying over the cancellation of Van Der Beek’s other comedies. (Can we all just agree that no one rocked bicycle shorts the way he did on Friends With Better Lives?) And while we all surely miss the show that was CSI: Miami, both of these new additions are a little…easier on that eyes than David Caruso, no?
To illustrate the point, we’ve made a helpful Venn diagram. Because, let’s face it — we’re always happy for an excuse to showcase a Venn diagram for these sorts of things.