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CBS IS RUNNING OUT OF SHOWS TO RECYCLE

By 09.30.09

CBS has been constantly rewarded by millions of Americans for churning out clones of its procedural crime dramas, so it was only a matter of time until “Criminal Minds” earned a spin-off, which the network is reportedly now developing. As with “NCIS’s” birth of “NCIS: Los Angeles” this past spring, the characters for the spin-off will be introduced over the course of a couple episodes in the original show.

Details are sketchy, but the spinoff is expected to feature a new team of FBI agents, not existing “Criminal Minds” characters.

The development pattern for a “Criminal Minds” offshoot mirrors CBS’ template for successfully spinning off “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” into “CSI: Miami,” which begat “CSI: NY,” and “JAG,” which spawned “NCIS” and then “NCIS: Los Angeles.”

Wait, let me do the math on that. “NCIS: LA” is actually a spin-off of a spin-off of a spin-off of a spin-off. I hate to use the movie Multiplicity as a point of reference, but things really do get more retarded as you repeatedly clone them. And I guess that’s why “NCIS: LA” is the highest-rated show of the new fall season so far. Thanks, America. This is why we can’t have nice things.


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