Gary Sinise to Anchor Criminal Minds Spinoff

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Gary Sinise is headed back to CBS.

The actor, who starred for nine seasons on CSI: New York, has been tapped to headline a potential Criminal Minds spinoff.

Gary Sinise on CSI

According to network sources, Sinise will portray Jack Garrett, a 20-year veteran of the FBI who leads an elite BAU team that handles cases involving Americans abroad.

The proposed spinoff (written by Criminal Minds showrunner Erica Messer) will be filmed in February as an episode of Criminal Minds Season 10 and will air some time this spring.

Sinise, meanwhile, has taken an acting hiatus since his CSI franchise went off the air; over the past 18 months, he has devoted his time to the Gary Sinise Foundation’s humanitarian work.

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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.

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Lewis: That's lovely.
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