THE FIRST SPIN-OFF
The creators of the action thriller show Criminal Minds (2005- current) are expanding their franchise with a second spin- off, Criminal Minds: Beyond Boarders (2016- current). It follows a team of FBI agents who are sent to rescue US citizens who’ve got themselves in trouble in foreign countries. Executive producer Erica Messer says that the original show is such an amazing series worldwide “and after 10 years, it’s still such a big hit. We felt like there are other heroes within this bureau that have specific skill sets and it was about time to tell their story”.
Beyond Borders is led by Gary Sinise as Agent Jack Garrett, who’s the unit chief of his team. “This series involves heroic US characters and I like playing heroic characters,” says Gary, who also portrayed the role of agent Mac Taylor in CSI: NY (20042013). Season 1 of Beyond Borders might only be 13 episodes long, but viewers are going on adventures across the globe, from the Orient (Thailand in episode 1 and Japan, episode 4 on specialises in foreign languages and culture. She’s played by Alana De La Garza, Connie Rubirosa in Law & Order (2006-2010). Special Operations Agent Matthew Simmons is the brawn of the team who’s bringing loads of experience. He is portrayed by Daniel Henney, aka Michael Noshimuri on Hawaii Five- 0 (2010- current) between 2012 and 2013. Special Supervisory Agent Russ Montgomery does double duty, filling in as the team’s tech analyst who assists from their US base. He’s played by Tyler James Williams, Chris in Everybody Hates Chris (2005-2009). Special Supervisory Agent Mae Jarvis works with the team as their medical examiner. Newcomer Annie Funke, who had a 2014 single-episode role on The Affair (2014- current), plays Mae. Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior (2011) was the first spin-off series from Criminal Minds but it was cancelled after 13 episodes due to low ratings.