09.30.09 9 years ago 11 Comments

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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