Criminal Minds Spin-Off First Look: Forest Whitaker as Agent Cooper

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On April 7, CBS will air an episode of Criminal Minds that paves the way for its planned spin-off.

On that installment, Agent Hotchner's BAU team will join up with new operatives led by Forest Whitaker's Sam Cooper. Together, they all investigate an outbreak of murders in San Francisco.

In the photo below, Whitaker is seen with Matthew Gray Gubler, A.J. Cook and Joe Mantegna:

Forest Whitaker on Criminal Minds

Last year, CBS spun-off NCIS successfully to create NCIS: Los Angeles, one of the highest-rated shows on TV. It's safe to assume this new version of Criminal Minds will also get picked up this fall.

If that's the case, it will also star Beau Garrett, Matt Ryan and Michael Kelly. Below, we've posted three more pictures from the April 7 episode:

Agent Cooper
Forest Whitaker as Agent Cooper
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They cannot do a spin off!!Im sorry but this show is just too good to beat! They cant just replace all the actors with some newbies! I love Emily,Spencer,Morgan,Hotch and JJ and also Garcia and Rossi!I dontknow what i would watch if it was some new people! *Sorry I just love the show and cast now! Why change it!?


@CherryB. From what I know about other shows that have their own spin-off, they keep making new episodes of the original series. Personally, I hope that's the case here, because some spin-offs aren't successful, and I also love the original series so I think it would be a waste to cancel it.


I can't wait. I love the original. Forest Whitaker is awesome.


I know!I love this show! It's my favorite show. I would rather not have a spin off. I don't think that the original could be beaten! Excuse my ignorance, but if Criminal Minds 'spins off', what happens to the original? Do they stop making new episodes? Or do they just drop the show altogether?


This is one of the most intelligent show on cable. I enjoy it so much that I look at the reruns. The only thing that would keep me from viewing the spin off would be it NCIS the original or spin-off or if Fringe was on the same time!

Criminal Minds Quotes

Nothing can drive one closer to his own insanity than a haunting memory refusing its own death - Darnell Ford


Hotch: A sniper can wait up to 72 hours without sleeping.
Mays: Seriously?
Rossi: That's part of their training. They can stay awake for 72 hours and remain completely focused on their target.
Mays: How?
Hotch: By using a mental exercise called "fantasy integration". A sniper creates a scenarios involving a target that keeps that person at the forefront of their mind.
Morgan: Often they'll imagine a place where they're with the target, doing something together that takes time. For example, building a car.
JJ: For some, the fantasy begins the minute they're assigned a target. Then nothing will distract them.