Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders

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Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders
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Genre
Created by Erica Messer
Starring
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 26 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Gary Sinise
  • Matthew Lau
Running time 40–45 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor
Release
Original network CBS
Picture format HDTV 1080i
Original release March 16, 2016 (2016-03-16) – May 17, 2017 (2017-05-17)
Chronology
Related shows
External links
Website

Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders is an American police procedural series created by Erica Messer that aired on CBS from March 16, 2016, to May 17, 2017. The show is produced by The Mark Gordon Company in association with CBS Television Studios and ABC Studios. The production is a spin-off from original series, Criminal Minds, airing on the same network, and is the third series in the Criminal Minds franchise. Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders follows an elite team of FBI agents of the fictional International Response Team (IRT) tasked with solving cases that involve American citizens on international soil.[1] CBS aired a backdoor pilot on an episode of Criminal Minds on April 8, 2015, introducing the characters with a crossover episode eponymously titled "Beyond Borders".[1][2] The series was originally intended to premiere on March 2, 2016, but was pushed back by two weeks and instead premiered on March 16, 2016, and filled the Wednesday 10:00pm time slot, airing immediately after the original Criminal Minds. An episode of the series has been heavily criticized for its incorrect depictions of Singapore.[3]

On May 14, 2017, CBS canceled the series after two seasons.[4]

Characters[edit]

Main[edit]

Garrett is a 20-year veteran agent with the FBI. Jack is the Unit Chief of the International Response Team (IRT). In his personal life, Garrett is married to Karen (Sherry Stringfield) and together have six children, including their oldest, a son named Ryan and their middle child, a daughter named Josie.
Seger is a smart, well-traveled, and multi-lingual cultural anthropologist and special agent with the IRT. Before rejoining the IRT in October 2015, Seger was married to a man named Brad who was a fellow agent and, like her, knew Jack.[8] In 2013, she took a sabbatical from the FBI after her husband Brad died, during which she visited countries across the globe.
Simmons is a Special Operations agent and special agent with the IRT. Simmons is married to his wife Kristy (Kelly Frye) and has a total of four children, including two boys Jake and David and twin daughters, all of them under the age of three. He was a former member of a Special Ops unit, and his experience with the unit allowed him to hone his profiling skills.
Montgomery is a technical analyst with the IRT. He upholds a positive attitude, though he shows it in a different way. In addition to his job as a technical analyst, he liaises with the families of victims on the American homeland while the rest of his group is away.
Jarvis is a medical examiner and special agent with the IRT. Young and spunky, Mae has a fun-loving sibling relationship with Simmons and was in the FBI purely as a medical examiner before being brought onto the IRT as a resident medical examiner to bypass the bureaucratic red tape in various countries. By the events of the first season, Mae had become a fully qualified FBI field agent, in addition to being the IRT's resident ME.[8]

Recurring[edit]

  • Karen Garrett (Sherry Stringfield), Karen is Jack's wife and the mother of their six children.[9]
  • Josie Garrett (Brittany Uomoleale), Josie is the middle daughter of Jack and Karen Garrett's six children.
  • Kristy Simmons (Kelly Frye), Kristy is the wife of Matthew Simmons and the mother of their four children, Jake and David Simmons and their two daughters.
  • Jake Simmons (Ezra Dewey), Jake is the son of Matthew and Kristy Simmons and the twin brother to David Simmons.
  • David Simmons (Declan Whaley), David is the son of Matthew and Kristy Simmons and the twin brother to Jake Simmons.
  • Ryan Garrett (Matt Cohen), Ryan is Jack's and Karen's oldest son who was accepted to and received training at the FBI Academy. He later became an undercover agent in Mexico, where he crossed paths with the IRT in the second season.

Episodes[edit]

In total 26 episodes of Beyond Borders have aired, in addition to the pilot episode, "Beyond Borders".

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
PilotApril 8, 2015 (2015-04-08)
113March 16, 2016 (2016-03-16)May 25, 2016 (2016-05-25)
213March 8, 2017 (2017-03-08)May 17, 2017 (2017-05-17)

Production[edit]

A proposed new series in the Criminal Minds franchise was announced in January 2015, and was to be named Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders. Former CSI: NY star Gary Sinise and Anna Gunn had been cast in the lead roles of Jack Garrett and Lily Lambert, with Tyler James Williams and Daniel Henney being cast as Russ "Monty" Montgomery and Matthew "Matt" Simmons, respectively.

On May 8, 2015, CBS announced that Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders had been picked up for the 2015–16 season; however, it was soon announced that Gunn had departed the series,[10] with Alana de la Garza and Annie Funke further being cast as series regulars.[6] The episodes while produced in a certain order, are not aired in that way.

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

The first season of Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders received generally unfavorable reviews from critics. The review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gave the first season a 20% of approval with an average rating of 3.5/10, based on 15 reviews, with the critical consensus reading, "Beyond Borders relies on the same characters and storylines the franchise has used for years, with an extra undertow of xenophobic paranoia."[11] On Metacritic, the season was given a score of 28 out of 100, based on 11 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[12] In the episode Cinderella And The Dragon, the inaccurate depictions of Singapore have drew significant criticism.

Ratings[edit]

Seasonal rankings (based on average total viewers per episode) of Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders.

Note: Each US network television season starts in late September and ends in late May, which coincides with the completion of May sweeps.
Season Episodes Time slot (EST) Premiered Ended TV season Rank Viewers
(in millions)
Date Premiere
viewers
(in millions)
Date Finale
viewers
(in millions)
1 13 Wednesday 10:00 pm (March 16 – May 25, 2016)
Wednesday 9:00 pm (April 6, 2016; May 11; May 25, 2016)
March 16, 2016 8.88[13] May 25, 2016 5.19[14] 2015–16 No. 46 9.02[15]
2 13 Wednesday 10:00 pm (March 8 – May 17, 2017)
Wednesday 9:00 pm (April 12, 2017; May 17, 2017)
March 8, 2017 5.35[16] May 17, 2017 4.16[17] 2016–17 No. 56 6.91[18]

International broadcast[edit]

The series premiered in Australia on the Seven Network in April 2016.[19] In Canada, the series airs simultaneously with the U.S on CTV. The series also airs same day as the U.S. in Asia on AXN.[20] On April 20, 2016, the series premiered on W in the United Kingdom and Ireland.[21] On July 11, 2016, the series premiered on TV One in New Zealand.[22] On November 1, 2016, the series premiered on Sat.1 emotions in Germany. On August 24, 2016, the series premiered on Rai 2 in Italy. On September 1, 2016, the series premiered on M6 in France.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "'Criminal Minds' doing new spinoff". Entertainment Weekly. 
  2. ^ "New Criminal Minds Spin-Off in the Works, to Follow Globe-Trotting Team". TV Line. 
  3. ^ "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders depiction of Singapore slammed as inaccurate, misleading". The Straits Times. 2017-04-18. Retrieved 2018-06-24. 
  4. ^ Goldberg, Lesley. "'Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders' Canceled at CBS7". hollywoodreporter.com. 
  5. ^ a b c "'Criminal Minds' Episode 10.19 Photos: Meet the FBI's International Unit". Buddy TV. Retrieved 24 July 2015. 
  6. ^ a b c "Alana De La Garza & Annie Funke Join 'Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders'". Deadline. July 17, 2015. Retrieved July 22, 2015. 
  7. ^ "'Forever' Alum Alana De La Garza Joins 'Criminal Minds' Spinoff". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 24 July 2015. 
  8. ^ a b "Meet the Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders Team". TV Guide. 
  9. ^ "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders Casts ER Alum as Jack Garrett's Wife". TV Guide. Retrieved 29 March 2016. 
  10. ^ "How The Criminal Minds Spinoff Will Replace Anna Gunn". Cinema Blend. 
  11. ^ "CRIMINAL MINDS: BEYOND BORDERS: SEASON 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved May 26, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders : Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved May 26, 2016. 
  13. ^ Porter, Rick (March 17, 2016). "Wednesday final ratings: 'The Goldbergs' and 'SVU' reruns adjust up". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 17, 2016. 
  14. ^ Porter, Rick (May 26, 2016). "Wednesday final ratings: 'SVU' finale adjusts up, 'Supernatural' finale adjusts down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 26, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Full 2015–16 TV Season Series Rankings". Deadline Hollywood. May 26, 2015. Retrieved May 26, 2015. 
  16. ^ Porter, Rick (March 9, 2017). "'Star' adjusts up: Wednesday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 9, 2017. 
  17. ^ Porter, Rick (May 18, 2017). "'Empire,' 'Blindspot' finale adjust up: Wednesday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 18, 2017. 
  18. ^ "Final 2016-17 TV Rankings: 'Sunday Night Football' Winning Streak Continues". Deadline Hollywood. May 26, 2017. Retrieved May 26, 2017. 
  19. ^ "Airdate: Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders". TV Tonight. April 12, 2016. Retrieved June 2, 2016. 
  20. ^ "New found love for Thursdays with @GarySinise and @danielhenney on Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders! #AXNCMBB". Twitter. March 17, 2016. Retrieved June 2, 2016. 
  21. ^ "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, exclusive to W". UKTV Corporate. Retrieved June 2, 2016. 
  22. ^ "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders' Gary Sinise talks about his return to TV". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved July 9, 2016. 

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