Dose of Reality: 'CSI' vs. True Las Vegas Crime Lab NPR's Robert Siegel explores the differences between the world of the popular CBS crime drama CSI and the real Las Vegas crime lab where it is set. Show producer Anthony Zuiker consulted with Linda Errichetto of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department's Forensics Lab when he created the program a few years ago. And while she says he got many things right, the big departure from realism is in how speedy the work goes on the air. Also, the program puts the lab workers out in the field looking for evidence and dealing with suspects; all that is not part of the work of an actual Forensics Lab worker.