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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.

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