Is Criminal Minds' Kirsten Vangsness Headed to Suspect Behavior?

Kirsten Vangsness, who plays quirky computer tech Penelope Garcia on CBS' Criminal Minds, is in talks to also appear on the upcoming Minds spin-off, a source close to the show tells

If a deal is struck, Vangsness' character could recur or appear regularly on the spin-off, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior. CBS took a similar approach last season, with Rocky Carroll's Director Leon Vance appearing on both NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles.

Reps for CBS and Vangsness declined to comment.

The news, first reported by, comes weeks after Criminal Minds did not renew cast member A.J. Cook's contract and cut back the number of appearances planned for Paget Brewster. Cook will return for two episodes in the fall to end her character's story.

Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior stars Forest Whitaker as Cooper, a former big-shot profiler who now runs his own team outside the bureaucracy of the FBI. Janeane Garofalo will also star as a member of Cooper's team. The show will premiere at midseason.

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