CBS brainstorms "Criminal Minds" spin-off
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - CBS will be doing some "Minds" splitting this season.
The network is planning a potential spin-off from its hit crime drama "Criminal Minds" that will be created by the show's executive producer/showrunner, Ed Bernero, and executive producer Chris Mundy.
Mundy will write the script for the planned spin-off, which will air as an episode of "Criminal Minds" in the spring, from a story by him and Bernero.
Details are sketchy, but the spin-off is expected to feature a new team of FBI agents, not existing "Criminal Minds" characters.
Like the original series, the potential new show would be produced by ABC Studios, the Mark Gordon Co. and CBS Studios.
The development pattern for a "Criminal Minds" offshoot mirrors CBS' template for successfully spinning off "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" into "CSI: Miami," which begat "CSI: NY," and "JAG," which spawned "NCIS" and then "NCIS: Los Angeles."
A "Criminal Minds" spin-off was discussed more than a year ago, but CBS focused on developing "NCIS: LA," which was introduced in a two-episode arc on "NCIS" in April. "NCIS: LA" debuted last week as the highest-rated new drama this season with 18.7 million viewers and a 4.4 rating/11 share in the adults 18-49 demographic.
"Minds" also is off to a strong start this fall, winning Wednesday night with 15.8 million viewers.
(Editing by SheriLinden at Reuters)