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Series debut Feb. 16, 2011: Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior

In television on 02/16/2011 at 2:29 pm

Series name
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior

Debuts
Feb. 16, 2011, 10 p.m. on CTV and CBS

Regularly airs
Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on CTV and CBS

Premise
Crack team of FBI analysts with the Behavioral Analysis Unit are assigned to investigate hideous crimes, for which they draw on their keen powers of intuition, skilled observation, eccentric fashion and personality traits and serious desire to give themselves much worse nightmares than could ever, EVER be achieved by eating unpasteurized cheese too close to bedtime.

Primary cast and crew

Forest Whitaker (The Shield, ER, Last King of Scotland) is Special Agent Sam Cooper, team leader.
Janeane Garofalo (24, West Wing, Larry Sanders Show) Beth Griffith, possessor of raw vulnerability. Also moral outrage.
Michael Kelly (Did You Hear About the Morgans, Generation Kill) John “Prophet” Sims, raging avenger.
Beau Garrett (The Glades, Entourage) is Gina LaSalle, described by CBS thusly: “attractive, tough agent armed with a cunning sense of perception”. Indeed.
Matt Ryan (The Tudors) is Mick Rawson. Since I haven’t seen the show and he has not been mentioned in any reviews I have seen, I can observe only and sexistly that he is very attractive.
Kirsten Vangsness (Criminal Minds) is  Penelope Garcia. Once again, CBS steps up with this: “a computer wizard who has spent years aiding Agent (Aaron) Hotchner (Criminal Minds stalwart, played by Thomas Gibson) and his BAU team on its toughest cases.”

But what do I know anyway? After NOT having seen the pilot I predict…
I am going to attempt to watch the entire pilot episode. I have, however, failed to make it through any single episode of the original series, Criminal Minds. The news is scary enough without seeing serial killers in every face, no? Plus, this spinoff had one of the most ridiculous promo/trailers that I have ever seen. And I’ve seen a few. But still, I’ll try. If you’re a fan, please share what you love about this Criminal Minds series. And if you are a forward thinking individual who agrees with me, well you shouldn’t hold back either. Leave a comment. Let the fracas begin. And now I’m going to buy some expensive French cheese for later tonight.

Other reviews

The Los Angeles Times praises the cast, but says it moves along to quickly for the series potential to be fully appreciated.

John Doyle over at The Globe and Mail once again makes his (most worthy of repeating) argument that American crime dramas are embarrassingly weighted toward the world-is-evil-police-are-all-powerful end of the crime-story-telling spectrum.

— Denise Duguay

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