Are you a fan of Criminal Minds but don’t get your fill of stories from the BAU (Behavioral Analysis Unit)? You’re in luck, as CBS is looking to take the show in way of CSI, JAG and recently, NCIS with a spinoff planned for next fall.
If you’re one of the 15 million viewers that tune into Criminal Minds each week, one shouldn’t be too surprised to hear that they’re trying to cash in on the shows success by replicating their already popular formula.
As with JAG and NCIS, the new show will not feature any current stars from the current show, but focus on a completely new team of agents that, in like fashion, we will be introduced to in a special crossover episode of Criminal Minds, slated to air next year. Current Minds writers/producers, Ed Bernero and Chris Mundy are expected to head the new show.
This news comes a week after their new spin off, NCIS: LA, premiered to 18.7 million viewers, making it the highest-rated new drama this season.
As a fan of Criminal Minds, I don’t know how to feel about this. I’m worried that the over-saturation could hurt the franchise overall. Sure, the CSI spinoffs are successful, but having caught just a portion of the new NCIS:LA, I can already tell that it’s not going to be something I consistently watch. The things I loved about the original NCIS (characters, relationships, character development) cannot simply be replicated by any actors.
But, what do I know… I was a fan of Crystal Pepsi.
Check out a sneak peek of tonight’s Criminal Minds episode:
When a disturbed man kills several people at a pharmacy, the BAU must figure out what triggered his actions before he hurts anyone else.
Would you been interested in a Criminal Minds spin-off? Who would you like to see lead the new team? How many more franchises do you think we’ll see? Possibly a Numb3rs spin off: LettErs?
Catch Criminal Minds Wednesdays at 9PM on CBS
Source: Hollywood Reporter