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."
"Being an Italian family man, it feels like The Godfather for TV."
"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!"
"I love to cook and I think Gordon Ramsey is hilarious. Nothing is more funny than a raw scallop."
What do you think of Zuiker's picks? Did any of them surprise you?
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