Oscar Winner Forest Whitaker Set to Star in CRIMINAL MINDS Spin-off

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Entertainment Weekly reports that Forest Whitaker is in final talks with CBS to headline a spin-off of Criminal Minds.  There has been talk of making a franchise out of the hit crime procedural for awhile, but the gears are really in motion now as the network is looking to air a backdoor pilot on Criminal Minds proper this spring to introduce the spin-off characters.  Criminal Minds follows a team of profilers from the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit; Whitaker would play Cooper, who used to be hot stuff in the organization before an eight-year leave of absence.  In the new show, Whitaker’s character would be the “fiercely loyal and intensely private” leader of a brand new team of investigators.

This is not Whitaker’s first foray into series television: he thrived in a season-long arc on The Shield and earned an Emmy nomination for a guest spot in ER.  You may also recall that Whitaker won an Oscar for his portrayal of Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland in 2007.  And so the ever-shrinking divide between TV and film continues to narrow.




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  • Bogie

    Well that sucks! I was hoping for Mandy Patankin to return and get the spin off.

  • http://ciclotimia.blogspot.com [A]

    Love Whitaker, hate Criminal Minds..

  • Ryan

    Use to like 'Criminal Minds' but this season it got way too dark this year.

    I'm surprised Whitaker would step into a spinoff TV show lead, 3 years after winning an Oscar. Still, he does give the sort of captivating performances that make it hard to turn away. Patinkin was the same way. Anytime he was on screen in 'Criminal' or 'Chicago Hope', he stole the show. 'Dead Like Me' not so much, but he was good.

    • Anonymous

      I like Whitaker and it doesn’t matter where he plays a role. He is good anyway and I do like “Criminal Minds”. For me, this is good news and can hardly wait for the new season to go live.
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  • Ryan

    Use to like 'Criminal Minds' but this season it got way too dark this year.

    I'm surprised Whitaker would step into a spinoff TV show lead, 3 years after winning an Oscar. Still, he does give the sort of captivating performances that make it hard to turn away. Patinkin was the same way. Anytime he was on screen in 'Criminal' or 'Chicago Hope', he stole the show. 'Dead Like Me' not so much, but he was good.

  • denos

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