'CSI: Miami' Heads to AMC

Basic cable network AMC has acquired its first off-net drama: CBS Television Distribution's CSI: Miami, now in its tenth season on CBS.

"CSI: Miami is one of television's most powerful franchises, and AMC is proud to add it into our programming line-up," said Tom Halleen, senior VP of programming and scheduling, in a statement. "Dramatic storytelling is expressed at AMC through our library of celebrated films, award-winning original series, and now is further complemented through our first off-net series, CSI: Miami."

The show, which airs Sunday nights on CBS, will premiere on AMC on Monday, Jan. 2, at 5 p.m. ET, and will run as a Monday-Friday strip.AMC will share CSI: Miami with A&E, where it's been airing as a strip since 2006. Should CSI: Miami enter an 11th season, AMC will get first dibs on the show.

AMC has created a strong brand for itself as a basic cable home for premium dramas by airing high-quality original dramas such as Mad Men, Breaking Bad,The Walking Dead and The Killing.

Contributing editor Paige Albiniak has been covering the business of television for nearly 25 years. She is a longtime contributor to Next TV, Broadcasting + Cable and Multichannel News. She concurrently serves as editorial director for entertainment marketing association Promax. She has written for such publications as TVNewsCheck, The New York Post, Variety, CBS Watch and more. Albiniak was B+C’s Los Angeles bureau chief from September 2002 to 2004, and an associate editor covering Congress and lobbying for the magazine in Washington, D.C., from January 1997-September 2002.