Criminal Minds Producer on Spin-Off Pilot: "Our World Just Got Bigger"


Are two Criminal Minds better than one?


Chris Mundy thinks so.


"Believe me, you want these people out there following serial killers!" the Minds executive producer tells TVGuide.com. "The more people, the better."


For the past five years, it's been Hotch & Co. giving the BAU a good name, but on Wednesday (9/8c on CBS) fans will meet a new profiling squad, led by Sam Cooper (Forest Whitaker), within the BAU in a backdoor pilot for a spin-off written by Mundy.


A spin-off was discussed in the third season, but it was put on the back burner when Mandy Patinkin abruptly left Minds. Then the writers' strike truncated Season 3, leading to a longer Season 4 before things settled down this year for the idea to move forward.


Titled "The Fight," the episode takes the BAU team to San Francisco after Cooper, who worked with Hotch (Thomas Gibson) and Rossi (Joe Mantegna) until he went off the grid eight years ago, calls in a favor about a missing father and daughter. Their absences, however, have not been reported, and Cooper must convince Hotch the case is worth his team's time.


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