CBS will have filmed “a planted spinoff in February” of one of its popular drama series, reports Lesley Goldberg, and Michael O’Connell of The Hollywood Reporter.
Says the story, “The spinoff, which will air as a ‘Criminal Minds’ episode later in its 10th season, focuses on a division of the FBI that helps American citizens encountering trouble abroad. No casting choices have been made yet. It’s no real surprise that CBS would consider stretching the ‘Criminal Minds’ brand even further. It remains one of the highest-rated dramas on broadcast TV…”
The story adds, “This is not the first time CBS has tried to get more life out of ‘Criminal Minds.’ The first spinoff, ‘Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior,’ started as a backdoor pilot itself during the series’ fifth season. Though ordered to series, it did not catch on…”
The article also notes that “Criminal Minds” is from ABC Studios, with shared ownership by The Mark Gordon Company and CBS’s own Television Studios.