CBS Clone Machine Turned On "Criminal Minds"
CBS -- having fully recovered from the self-loathing that precipitated its "we can swing for the fences like all those hip and trendy networks" season of a couple seasons back, in which it perpetrated the musical-drama "Viva Laughlin" and period-sex-romp "Swingtown" on a unamused public -- is now focused with laser-like intensity on its wildly successful practice of cloning its procedural crime dramas.
Now that "NCIS" has been successfully cloned -- new "NCIS: LA" is the highest rated new series launch of the 2009-10 television season to date -- CBS has tuned its attention to its only remaining highly rated procedural crime drama that has not yet undergone cloning: "Criminal Minds."
"Criminal Minds" also got off to a great start during Premiere Week, averaging 16 million viewers - Wednesday's most watched program.
(In the same timeslot, NBC's season debut of "Law & Order: SVU" and Fox's "Glee" averaged 8.4 million people and 7 million people, respectively, while ABC's new comedies, "Modern Family" and "Cougar Town" opened with about 12-13 million tuned in, and CW's "The Beautiful Life: TBL" went toes up when under 1 million viewers stuck around for the second half hour despite the show's rampant Ashton Kutcher-ness.)
Anyway, CBS is developing a "Criminal Minds" spinoff for next season that will be executive produced by the mothership's executive producers, Ed Bernero and Chris Mundy. So far so good.
And, like the successful "NCIS: LA" spinoff, "Criminal Minds: Spinoff" will be unveiled first as an episode of the original series, but with a bunch of new characters dropping by, presumably some time later this season -- probably in the spring.
(Technically, "NCIS" itself was a spinoff of a CBS series "JAG," which actually had been an NBC series briefly, only NBC suits decided they weren't interested, so CBS picked it up.)
Posted by: jerkhoff | October 1, 2009 1:20 AM | Report abuse
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