While Jerry Bruckheimer has often been known for pumping out high concept summer blockbuster movies, he also has a strong reputation for his small screen television work. While his big screen efforts have made billions of dollars for studios, his small screen work has also remained highly successful. The Monte Carlo Television Festival just honored Bruckheimer with their lifetime achievement award. Following those honors, here is a look at what Bruckheimer has accomplished in the television world.
“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”
Easily, the one television show that will always legitimize Bruckheimer’s efforts on television is “CSI.” He brought out the original “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” in 2000, and it remains one of television’s most popular shows 14 years later. The show has even survived main cast members leaving, including having three different lead characters. Not only that, but the spin-off shows were even popular. “CSI: Miami” with David Caruso lasted 10 seasons and “CSI: New York” with Gary Sinise lasted nine seasons. “CSI: Cyber” starts in 2015 with Patricia Arquette in the lead.
“Cold Case” and “Without a Trace”
While not quit up to the level of the “CSI” franchise, Bruckheimer created other fantastic police procedural shows. “Cold Case” started in 2003 and ran for seven seasons. The series starred Kathryn Morris as a Philadelphia detective who worked with her partners to solve cases that ran cold over the years to help bring closure to the loved ones of the deceased. “Without a Trace” kicked off in 2002 and also lasted seven seasons. In that series, Anthony LaPaglia leads an FBI team to search for missing persons with a limited amount of time to find them dead or alive.
“The Amazing Race”
It wasn’t just police procedurals that Bruckheimer led to amazing levels of success. In 2001, he started up a new reality show called “The Amazing Race.” In the show, 11 teams of two people race around the world with the winners getting $1 million. The show takes place twice a year and has airing for 24 seasons since its debut. It remains one of the most popular reality TV series, averaging around 10 million viewers a season.