I woke up to a beautiful sunny day last Sunday. It was Mothers Day. We were heating the pool and planning a day of relaxation poolside and a dinner at dusk in our backyard. This is just what I wanted a chill day at home with my family. As you may or may not know for the past decade I have been the Department Head and my company (Cheri International) has designed and executed all the Makeup and Special Makeup Fx for the hit show CSI Miami.
In the television world the second week of May is vital. It is called the upfronts. This is when the networks “shop” their current shows and pilots to get advertising dollars which pay for your favorite television shows to be on the air. CSI Miami was in its tenth season. (That is a feat all alone not many shows sustain popularity that long) The show was hugely popular in the U.S. as well as overseas. (Aired in over 200 countries) All week I had been monitoring sites like Deadline Hollywood as the networks were announcing their fall line ups. CBS said it would announce their lineup on the upcoming Wednesday. So I didn’t check on Sunday…I figured nothing would happen on Mothers Day.
Now this was the first year there was uncertainty about CSI Miami. Every year our season would end and the cast and crew would wish each other a good hiatus (break from filming could last a month or two} and say see you in July. For many reasons there was a small possibility that the show would not return but based on its huge fan base everyone was pretty confident that it would be back.
So on Sunday I was outside with my little girl when my phone rang. Being Mothers day I assumed it was a Happy Mothers Day call.When I looked at my caller id I noticed it was from one of the stars of the series. They had called me to inform me the show had been officially canceled. This was a shock!After the initial news sank in we had a nice conversation remembering our favorite scenes and some laughs that we had, talked about the great cast and wonderful crew. (After ten years you really are a tight knit group) and I had to accept that that chapter was over a new one was beginning. I was grateful that I heard the news from a close friend and not some faceless media group.
On the series I had many duties but one of my main focuses was working on DAVID CARUSO. He played Horatio Caine and he was the real deal. He is a true professional, a serious actor, and a friend. He was the backbone and rock of the show always bringing 110 percent to the show and was so dedicated to the fans. Always taking time to give out little gifts , take photos and sign pictures. The rest of the day I received countless texts, emails, and phone calls from various fellow cast and crew members. It was sad and heart felt with each one of them but that is part of the natural process of moving forward and moving on.