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Fall TV: Criminal Minds Spinoff (Minus Anna Gunn), Rush Hour and Limitless Among CBS' New Drama Orders

CBS New Series Criminal Minds

CBS’ latest drama series orders for the 2015-16 TV season include a spinoff, two movie adaptations and a documentary-turned-TV drama.

Having already declared Supergirl ready for takeoff, the Eye network on Thursday ordered to series the dramas Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, Rush Hour, Limitless and Code Black.

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Descriptions with casting are as follows:

CRIMINAL MINDS: BEYOND BORDERS
WRITER: Erica Messer
OTHER EPs: Mark Gordon, Nick Pepper
CAST: Gary Sinise, Daniel Henney and Tyler James Williams; Anna Gunn appeared in the planted pilot but is not continuing with the series, sources tell TVLine.
Filmed as a Criminal Minds episode that aired Feb. 8, the spinoff focuses on a division of the FBI that helps American citizens who find themselves in danger abroad.

RUSH HOUR
WRITERS: Bill Lawrence and Blake McCormick
OTHER EPs: Arthur Sarkissian, Brett Ratner, Jeff Ingold and director Jon Turteltaub
CAST: Justin Hires, Jon Foo, Aimee Garcia, Wendie Malick
Based on the 1998 feature film, it follows a stoic, by-the-book Hong Kong police officer who is assigned to a case in Los Angeles, where he’s forced to work with a cocky African-American LAPD officer who has no interest in a partner.

LIMITLESS
WRITER: Craig Sweeny
OTHER EPs: Director Marc Webb, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, Heather Kadin, Bradley Cooper and Todd Phillips, Ryan Kavanaugh, Tucker Tooley and Tom Forman
CAST: Jake McDorman, Jennifer Carpenter, Hill Harper, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
Based on the 2011 feature film starring Cooper, the series follows Brian Finch as he discovers the power of the mysterious drug NZT, and is coerced into using his newfound abilities to solve weekly cases for the FBI.

CODE BLACK
WRITER: Michael Seitzman
OTHER EPs: Marti Noxon, Linda Goldstein-Knowlton, Ryan McGarry and director David Semel
CAST: Marcia Gay Harden, Bonnie Somerville, Raza Jaffrey, Luis Guzman, Melanie Kannokada, Harry M. Ford, Ben Hollingsworth and William Allen Young
Inspired by the festival award-winning documentary of the same name, this medical drama is set in the busiest and most notorious ER in the nation – L.A. County Hospital – where the extraordinary staff struggle in the face of a broken system to protect their ideals and the patients who need them the most.

Which of these new CBS dramas are you most anticipating?

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36 Comments
  1. Glad Anna Gunn isn’t staying with Beyond Borders. She didn’t really seem to mesh. But I’m actually excited for that spinoff, it shows promise. And maybe without her it will be better.

    • Pangolin says:

      Ditto! Her character didn’t work for me, but the series has promise. I do hope they get some women added to the team, there’s enough male-dominated crime shows out there already.

    • janedoe2007 says:

      Completely agree.

    • Doug Henning says:

      I hope the show will be able to use real locations and not just LA areas… That would be great.

    • Kiki says:

      The Criminal Minds team seems to have a difficult time casting women leads. They seem to know they need one but somehow manage to cast just for talent and not for chemistry. I think the same thing happened with Forest Whitaker and Janeane Garafolo in CM: Suspect Behavior. Sinise is probably too polite to say but they should look to whoever cast the women in most of the CSIs. Marg Helgenberger and Melina Kanakaredes did a lot of the heavy lifting on their shows.

  2. LT says:

    So I’m guessing that this means CBS didn’t pick up LFE with Melissa Leo and Daniel Sharman. I think this is a sign to Julie Plec that Sharman needs to return to The Originals as Kol.

    • onelastemperor says:

      Hate to disappoint you, but apparently this monday in the finale, Davina will resurrect Buzolic-Kol)

  3. Dean says:

    Good for the CM spin off I really didn’t buy Anna Gunn as a cop I’ve noticed that when it comes to spin offs certain characters don’t make the cut to main series. NCIS the redhaired woman before Kate, NCISLA blonde lady Macy, Chicago PD the two original beat cops and Antonio’s blonde partner.

    • crappola515 says:

      Characters killed off in pilots tend not to count. Usually they’re only there for plot reasons to begin with.

      • Dean says:

        She was in the second to last episode of Chicago Fire season 1. When the CPD were investigating who killed Casey’s ex-girlfriend Hallie.

  4. Isaac says:

    I wanted to see Sneaky Pete and Doubt, but instead we have another hospital show, another Criminal Minds and 2 shows based on movies 😠😠

  5. Angela says:

    Here’s hoping this spin-off will work out better :). Wonder who they’ll get to replace Gunn, or if they’ll flesh out the team a little more for that one?

    • Dean says:

      They may add some new character before the season premier. Cop show standards add that there be atleast one female team member or else it will look sexist.

  6. Ally Oop says:

    I might check out Code Black but not anything else.

  7. Luis says:

    Miranda Cosgrove and Josh Peck? When does Drake Bell get his series?

  8. Et Al says:

    My grandparents will love all of these.

  9. Mr. Tran K says:

    Don’t know if Rush Hour is going to get passed the first season.

  10. Jenna says:

    I’ll probably give them all a try at some point. But Limitless and Jennifer Carpenter I’m excited about. Yay!

  11. Jim says:

    Another spinoff of a show currently airing on the network. I swear I don’t think CBS even tries any more.

  12. James D says:

    Only one I’ll probably check out is Rush Hour, only because I love the movies and think John Foo will make a good Lee. the others don’t really interest me.

  13. Justsomeguy says:

    At least they picked up Rush Hour. Here’s to hoping it’s half as good as the movie. Pretty disappointed overall with CBS’ pick-up’s though.

  14. Lorena says:

    Wicked… the only thing that matters is Ed Westwick

  15. Ellinas78 says:

    Well no point in watching the Criminal Minds spin off without Anna Gunn.

  16. Ellinas78 says:

    So nothing new to watch at CBS.

  17. DavidSask says:

    All of them need to bomb as lack of originality and no one asking for them! Rush Hour possible save for cast diversity!

  18. Andra says:

    What’s to point of Rush Hour without Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker though?

  19. crappola515 says:

    Thank goodness. Anna Gunn was the worst part.

  20. Broadwayfan says:

    So glad that BEYOND BORDERS has been confirmed. Thrilled to have Gary back on TV.
    I won’t miss Anna Gunn. She barely seemed to be awake in the episode we had. Hope there can be an exciting, interesting woman to take over. Sela Ward should be available. She and Gary play so well off each other.

  21. Steve says:

    The Criminal Minds team seems to have a difficult time casting women leads. They seem to know they need one but somehow manage to cast just for talent and not for chemistry. I think the same thing happened with Forest Whitaker and Janeane Garafolo in CM: Suspect Behavior. Sinise is probably too polite to say but they should look to whoever cast the women in most of the CSIs. Marg Helgenberger and Melina Kanakaredes did a lot of the heavy lifting on their shows.

  22. Géraldine says:

    Why not Maggie as seeing as her show, Stalker, is cancelled?! She is sporty, sexy and plus, she speaks several asian languages. She would be perfect for a role in this spin-off

  23. Géraldine says:

    Maggie Q, of course (forgot the “Q”)! :-)

  24. Ruth says:

    Love criminal minds and looking forward to new show Gary Senise he is great actor and person

  25. I am looking forward to this new CM Spin-off. It looks promising, and hope it will be a lot better than Suspect Behavior. I did not like the first spin-off. Guess Gary Sinise needs some work. I like him, but my mother does not.

  26. Jim says:

    What about PERSON of INTEREST. Don’t mess with Criminal Minds too much. You guys screw up too much as it is.