Celebrity High-Five: CSI Creator Anthony Zuiker's 5 Favorite TV Shows

Every CSI fan worth his or her salt knows Anthony E. Zuiker. The creative mind behind the most-watched franchise in television history (and the author of the bestselling Level 26 series of novels), Zuiker recently completed Cybergeddon, a nine-part web series—and the most expensive one of all time!—that premiered in September on Yahoo Screen. Cybergeddon stars Rookie Blue's Missy Peregrym as an FBI agent who gets framed for cyberterrorism; you can now watch all nine chapters of what basically amounts to a 90-minute movie at cybergeddon.yahoo.com.

I recently caught up with Zuiker while he was promoting the new venture; here's what he had to say about the influences behind Cybergeddon and, of course, his five favorite TV shows.

Missy Peregrym in Anthony Zuiker's Cybergeddon.

How do you generally feel when a new film/TV series is about to premiere? Anxious? Confident?

Scared to death pretty much sums it up. When you're at a premiere it's usually the most friendly company you'll have viewing the picture but every creator's fear is to reconvene in the lobby with all of your peers and you don't want to have the sense that everyone is disappointed.

What influenced you to write Cybergeddon?

A couple years ago I took a trip to Washington, D.C. to research the future of crime and after speaking with the DOD, CSA, FBI, NSA, and private sector I realized that the crime of tomorrow is cybercrime and since we all communicate on our laptops, tablets, and mobile phones, I realized that they can be used as weapons when put in the wrong hands.

When challenges did you face while developing the web series?

The most challenging part about launching Cybergeddon was our commitment to have a full-blown experience. We had to launch a major motion picture, create an interactive experience online, develop a gaming app all at the same time. Since we were vying for a cross-platform experience, we had to deliver quality experience [in multiple places] all at the same time.

And now, here are Zuiker's five favorite television shows, in no particular order.


"Homeland is the best show on television in the past 20 years. It's the only show on TV right now that has me obsessed."

The Sopranos

"Being an Italian family man, it feels like The Godfather for TV."

The Voice

"I love that it's about the voice, not what you look like. I also think this is the best judging panel on TV, they have the best chemistry. This season they have a "twist" and I'm dying to see how it pans out!"

Hell's Kitchen

"I love to cook and I think Gordon Ramsey is hilarious. Nothing is more funny than a raw scallop."

Quincy, M.E.

"Early CSI!"

What do you think of Zuiker's picks? Did any of them surprise you?

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Finally someone likes Hell's kitchen like me :) I just adore yelling, throwing plates and screaming "this is raw" Gordon Ramsay :)

While I Like Homeland I still find it a bit overrated... What saves it is the fabulous acting of Claire Danes.

Recent years have been great even niche shows (science fiction) have gotten great (sometimes better than most) BSG, SGU, Alphas have their moments. shows like Rubicon deserved better, but STILL today the best show of the last couples of years remains The Wire, for its consistency, amazing cast and overall arch. (Best mini-series goes to Generation Kill)
Homeland IS NOT the best show on television!!! Like bendylegsnick said we live in the golden age of television. Personally I think right the best show on TV is Breaking Bad and maybe Mad Men, but there are so many good shows that's virtually impossible to name just one.
Agreed. I find it incredibly difficult to compare the shows at the very top of television. I think that Homeland is great, but it's young, so I'll not even put it in the discussion yet. But how can I compare Mad Men to Breaking Bad or The Wire to Battlestar Galactica? Answer: I can't.
He's absolutely right about Quincy; for anyone old enough (like me) who remembers that series, it WAS the "original" CSI ... and had both great acting & writing. If you get a chance, check it out sometime ... you'll see what I mean.
How does being 'the best show on television in the past 20 years' not mean best of all-time (so far)? This is the golden age of television people! Silly old-timers...
lost me at the voice
At least he has pretty good taste. Sorry not a CSI fan.

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