Cultural Studies and 'Forensic Noir'

"Apparently, people will watch forensics seven nights a week," shrugs David Caruso, star of the hit show CSI: Miami, a spinoff of the hit show CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Shilling for the series on Fox's Pat Sajak Weekend earlier this year, he cited a CBS survey indicating that autopsy-driven entertainment is the hottest trend in American popular culture. Indeed, avid morgue attendants may also tally up the body count on HBO's Autopsy, NBC's Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Court TV's