Are two minds better than one?
It was a long wait for Criminal Minds to return, but CBS made sure that tonight’s installment will be worth it. Tonight’s “The Fight” introduces Forest Whitaker as Sam Cooper, the leader of a new group of profilers that will headline the spin-off Minds 2.0, eventually leading to its launch as a new series in September.
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But before we get ahead of ourselves, this is still the original Criminal Minds. Tonight, the BAU team heads to San Francisco to investigate the murders of several homeless men and teams up with a separate group of BAU operatives who are working on another case that is most probably connected to it. This is where Whitaker and the gang comes in.
Check out the promo after the jump:
Other than Whitaker, whose character is a former star profiler before going off the radar for eight years, the new BAU team is composed of Matt Ryan as Mick Rawson, Michael Kelly as Prophet, Beau Garrett as Gina LaSalle, and Mary Steenburgen as Director Beth Griffith.
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The original Criminal Minds‘ writing and executive producing team will be onboard to oversee things for the spin-off. This backdoor pilot for Minds 2.0 was the same way CBS’ other hits began their spin-offs, including CSI and NCIS.