'CSI' sticks with The Who for theme songs
Leslie Moonves may be co-president and co-chief operating officer of Viacom, the giant media conglomerate, but he remains enough of a micromanager to handpick the theme song of a CBS series. Case in point, this fall's "CSI" offshoot, "CSI: NY." Its theme will be "Baba O'Riley," another song by The Who. That's the one that includes the famous line "It's only teenage wasteland."
Series creator and executive producer Anthony Zuiker told a group of TV critics in Hollywood recently that "CSI: NY" had to have a Who song, given that the original "CSI" uses "Who Are You?" and "CSI: Miami" made it a tradition with "Won't Get Fooled Again." Moonves pitched four Who songs to "the chairman." Zuiker's personal choice was "Behind Blue Eyes," but Moonves overruled him.
"I'll be darned, that man is always right," Zuiker said.
At the rate "CSI" is subdividing, we may eventually have "CSI: Milwaukee" with "Squeezebox" as a theme.