Rob Lowe Headed to 'Criminal Minds' Spin-off?

Rob Lowe is set to leave Brothers and Sisters later this season, but if rumors were to be believed, another ABC Studios production may be all too willing to make use of his services: the still untitled Criminal Minds spin-off.

E! Online reports that some sources said Lowe, who plays Robert McCallister on the ABC series, is in talks to take to take on a leading role on a new series, which in the case of the Criminal Minds extension, means opposite Forest Whitaker.

Expectedly, CBS reps are quick to hose down the rumors, while an ABC Studios publicist is "not aware" of them at all, so it's possible that all these is a load of baloney. We have to keep in mind, however, that prior to Lowe's axing on Brothers, ABC president Steve McPherson said, "We would like to keep Rob at ABC; we feel he should be anchoring his own franchise. We are in talks now."

Whatever the decision is, negotiations should move quickly, as the Criminal Minds spin-off is set to kick off filming for its backdoor pilot on February 17 to air as the mothership's 18th episode.

Lowe, 45, left Brothers because he felt underutilized with all the changes on the series.

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