Wednesday, September 30, 2009


Released by Adam Bryant/TV Guide

CBS is prepping a Criminal Minds spinoff for next season, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The new series will be created by Minds executive producers Ed Bernero and Chris Mundy.

Mundy will write the script for the spinoff, which will appear as an episode of Minds in the spring, a la NCIS-NCIS: Los Angeles last season. Details are still sparse, but the new show is expected to feature a new team of FBI agents, not existing characters.

CBS has been successful at this in the past. CSI begat two heavily watched spin-offs, and NCIS: Los Angeles was this season's highest-rated debut for a new drama.

The Criminal Minds spinoff was discussed in 2008, but CBS focused its energy on NCIS: Los Angeles. Minds returned strong this season, winning the night with 15.8 million viewers and its best rating ever in the coveted 18-to-49 demographic.

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