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ER Alum Sherry Stringfield Joins Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders

Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders is putting a familiar face to the name Karen Garrett.

ER vet Sherry Stringfield is joining CBS’ just-launched spinoff as the longtime wife of Gary Sinise’s Unit Chief Jack Garrett, TVLine has learned exclusively.

Karen is described as a supportive wife and dedicated mother to the couple’s five children. Their oldest kid, Ryan, is a young recruit for the FBI, and their middle daughter, Josie, is heading into her freshman year at USC (Fight On!).

Stringfield — whose history with CBS includes guest stints on CSI and Under the Dome — will make her debut in May and, if Beyond Borders snags a renewal, will likely recur in Season 2 (and beyond).

CBS’ second stab at a Criminal Minds spinoff got off to a solid-ish debut last week, drawing 8.6 million viewers and a 1.6 demo rating (improving on Code Black’s Season 1 average of 7.1 mil/1.3); TVLine readers gave the premiere an average grade of “B-.”