5USA has acquired the UK rights to Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, the short-lived Criminal Minds spin-off starring Forest Whitaker, after striking a deal with international distributor Disney Media Distribution, TVWise has learned.
Created by Chris Mundy and Edward Allen Bernero, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior follows a “red cell” within the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU). These elite teams, who use unconventional methods of investigation and aggressive tactics to capture the nation’s most nefarious criminals, exist outside the bureaucracy of the agency and report solely to the Director of the FBI.
The series lasted only one season of 13 episodes before it was cancelled by CBS in 2011 and featured an impressive cast that was led by Whitaker as unit chief Sam Cooper and also included Janeane Garofalo (24), Michael Kelly (House Of Cards), Matt Ryan (Constantine) and Beau Garrett (Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce). Kirsten Vangsness reprises her role from Criminal Minds as technical consultant Penelope Garcia; while Richard Schiff (The West Wing) recurred in a handful of episodes as FBI Director Jack Fickler.
This is not the first time that Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior has aired in the UK. Back in 2012, more than a year after the series had been cancelled, UKTV’s crime-centric Alibi channel picked the first window rights as part of a package deal with Disney (they are also the exclusive UK home to the newer Criminal Minds spin-off Beyond Borders, which has been renewed for a second season). Suspect Behavior has also been available to purchase on myriad digital platforms for quite some time.
Additionally, the Channel 5 owned 5USA has also picked up the FTA rights to the sixth season of Castle (which like Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior initially aired in the UK on Alibi), also from Disney Media Distribution. Both Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior and Castle season 6 will premiere on 5USA early next month.