On February 18, 2014, CBS announced plans to launch a new spin-off of the franchise. A backdoor pilot episode aired on April 30 as a season 14 episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Entitled CSI: Cyber, it is inspired by producer Mary Aiken's previous work as a cyber-psychologist, the new series revolves around Special Agent Avery Ryan (Patricia Arquette) in charge of the Cyber Crime Division at Quantico, Virginia.
On May 10, 2014, the series was officially picked up by CBS.
FBI Special Agent Avery Ryan travels to Las Vegas in search of an elusive cyber-hacker who, through the likeness of women he befriends on social networking, creates online personas in order to blackmail the rich and powerful.