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
Spin-Off Pic

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Criminal Minds Quotes

A gang's where a coward goes to hide.

Mickey Mantle

There are times when the mind is dealt such a blow that it hides itself in insanity. There are times when reality is nothing but pain, and to escape that pain the mind must leave reality behind. - Patrick Rothfuss

Morgan