The show's tough enough to get off the ground and I don't want to walk into any problems." CBS president Les Moonves had announced in January that a Miami spin-off was imminent, yet "It wasn't until we sort of, like, at the eleventh hour, really started to look at our options as to who was going to play Horatio, [Zuiker, Mendelsohn, and Donahue] revisited Caruso.
And [they] said, 'Yeah, we'll have him come out for dinner, see what he's about.'" Caruso was later cast as Caine.
Zuiker, and Ann Donahue] felt Miami was the most happening place [...] Miami is so rich as a character. There are so many different cultures here all colliding. All that gives Miami an edge." CBS ordered 22 episodes of the series, with Anthony Zuiker stating that whilst he intended for the series to look "ridiculously gorgeous," he felt that the "show [was] not about women walking around in bikinis.
It's about science." The series was launched as a second-season episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and originally featured a cast led by David Caruso, Emily Procter, Adam Rodriguez, Khandi Alexander, with Rory Cochrane.
CBS issued a statement noting that Delaney's character had become less integral to the series as it progressed, "they had hoped to duplicate the sparks between William Petersen and Marg Helgenberger on the original CSI," noted EW, but Delaney and Caruso's chemistry was lackluster. Indoor scenes were shot at Raleigh Manhattan Studios in Manhattan Beach, California.
Most outdoor scenes were filmed in Long Beach, as well as portions of Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach.
He was the last pilot cast member to be contracted to series.
The building used for exterior shots of the Miami-Dade Police Department crime lab is actually the Sky One Federal Credit Union headquarters located at 14600 Aviation Boulevard in Hawthorne, California.The team is led by Lieutenant Horatio Caine (David Caruso), who, through his history as a bomb-disposal expert, has gained specialized knowledge in explosive forensics.Horatio believes that "evil is" and lives "between the perpetrators of this evil and the people who try and come between that evil and the citizen".Zuiker, and Ann Donahue, with Ann Donahue acting as show-runner.Jerry Bruckheimer also executive-produces the series. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation stars William Petersen and Marg Helgenberger expressed their displeasure at CBS' launch of Miami, with Petersen stating that "[they] should have waited five years for a CSI spinoff." Helgenberger supported Petersen's comments during an Emmy acceptance speech, noting that "as far as [she was] concerned, there’s only one CSI." Petersen jestingly referred to the series NYPDCSI, as it initially featured both David Caruso and Kim Delaney, of NYPD Blue fame.