CBS is trying once again to spin off a series from its highly successful show “Criminal Minds.”
The spinoff, which will launch as a planted episode of “Criminal Minds” later this season, will focus on an elite FBI team of profilers who work abroad. Showrunner Erica Messer will write and exec produce the episode. Casting is now in progress.
This isn’t the first time a spinoff has been attempted for the ABC Studios drama. “Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior” debuted in February 2011 but lasted only 13 episodes.
Gary Sinise has been tapped to star in the “Criminal Minds” spinoff being developed by CBS. The potential series will center on a top FBI division that helps American citizens in trouble abroad.
Sinise (“CSI: NY”) will play Jack Garrett, a 20-year veteran of the bureau who oversees the FBI’s team for handling cases involving Americans overseas.
He will film an episode in mid-February, which will serve as a planted spinoff and will air later this season.
Mark Gordon, Erica Messer and Nick Pepper will serve as exec producers. Messer will also write the episode. ABC Studios will produce, in association with CBS Television Studios and The Mark Gordon Company.
Sinise is represented by Brillstein Entertainment Partners and CAA.