No, no, please, not a Criminal Minds spinoff
by Allison Waldman, posted Oct 1st 2009 9:31AM
Oh, no. Please. CBS, please don't. I know it's tempting when you see the NCIS: LA ratings -- number two for last week, topped only by NCIS! -- but please, refrain. What am I talking about? CBS is pushing a spinoff of Criminal Minds, asking the show's executive producer Ed Bernero and executive producer Chris Mundy to come up with a variation on Criminal Minds. Hmm... Criminal Minds 2.0? Son of Criminal Minds? Criminal Guts?
CBS has a lot of spinoffs already, including NCIS, NCIS: LA, CSI: NY, CSI: Miami, and they have all been successes. So, naturally, why wouldn't the powers that be contemplate one more spinoff? This is business. They're all about making money. Clearly, all these spinoffs are a safe bet and less of a financial risk because audiences are predisposed to like something that looks and feels familiar.
The idea would be that this new Criminal Minds wouldn't actually have any of the characters from the current show. It would be a new team of FBI agents chasing heinous killers and bad guys. Presumably, it would be another procedural. One thing is for certain, after the way Mandy Patinkin walked away from the show, he will not be asked back.
CBS is not listening to me, but if anyone there happens to read this, here's an idea when it comes to dramatic series. Give us more of The Good Wife and The Mentalist, original and unspun, and less of the safe spinners. Sure, it's more of a risk. You may have another Cane or Viva, Laughlin -- expensive flops -- but if you don't keep trying new things, you'll never come up with a CSI to spin two shows off of in the first place.
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