CBS orders ‘Criminal Minds’ spin-off (minus Anna Gunn), Jane Lynch comedy

CBS is starting to announce some of their big decisions for the upcoming fall season, and at least one of them will be welcome news for longtime fans of “Criminal Minds.” The network is officially ordering “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” to series, but it is going to be moving forward, per TVLine, without original series star Anna Gunn. That’s a pretty significant blow to us, given that the former “Breaking Bad” star was one of the bigger stars alongside Gary Sinise and recent “Walking Dead” star Tyler James Williams.

In showing that the network does not necessarily have a ton of original ideas on the drama front this year, CBS is also picking up their adaptation of “Rush Hour,” which does have Brett Ratner of the movies involved as an executive producer. Also, they have “Limitless,” a show inspired by the 2011 film of the same name about being able to control more of your brain than the average human being. This in a sense is also similar to the movie “Lucy.” Also, you have medical drama “Code Black,” based mostly on a documentary.

On the comedy front, we have some more original ideas as “Life in Pieces” has been ordered alongside one of our personal favorite comedy pilots of the year in “Angel From Hell,” which stars Maggie Lawson (“Psych”) as a young woman who finds herself in a friendship with a woman claiming to be her guardian angel (Jane Lynch). This has the potential to be the network’s biggest comedy hit since “2 Broke Girls” first premiered.

We will learn more in regards to scheduling for these shows at the CBS upfront presentation next week.

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