CBS is looking to launch another spinoff from a veteran crime drama procedural next season. The network has given the go-ahead to a Criminal Minds planted spinoff, which will air as an episode of the mothership series later this season. The episode, written by Criminal Minds executive producer/showrunner Erica Messer, will film in mid-February.
Like Criminal Minds, which centers on the FBI’s Analysis Unit, the spinoff will focus on a division of the FBI. It will follow FBI agents helping American citizens who find themselves in trouble abroad. Messer executive produces with Criminal Minds executive producer Mark Gordon and Nick Pepper of the Mark Gordon Co. Just like the original series, the spinoff hails from ABC Studios, where Messer is under an overall deal, CBS TV Studios and the Mark Gordon Co.
CBS first spun off Criminal Minds during the 2009-10 season, also as a spring episode of the mothership series written by then-Criminal Minds showrunner Ed Bernero and Chris Mundy. The project, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, was picked up to series, which had a midseason run during the 2010-11 season.
So far, CBS has successfully launched spinoffs from CSI (2, CSI: Miami, CSI: NY, with a third, CSI: Cyber, coming up this spring) and NCIS (2, NCIS: LA and NCIS: New Orleans). The only CBS planted spinoff of one of its established procedurals not to go to series was NCIS: LA offshoot NCIS: Red two seasons ago.
Now in its 10th season, Criminal Minds, created by Jeff Davis, continues to be among CBS’ strongest drama performers. Messer has been on the show since the beginning, rising to the ranks to executive producer/showrunner.