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<span>Q: My qu</span><span>estion is about "Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior." The episode titled "Death by a Thousand Cuts, Part 1" aired May 25, 2011, and it was to be continued. However, I have never seen a Part 2, or conclusion of this episode. When w

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Adam Thomlison / TV Media

"Death by a Thousand Cuts" wasn't actually a Part 1/Part 2 situation, it was a season finale, cliffhanger situation. And CBS never rescued it from the cliff.

"Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior," the highly anticipated spinoff of the smash-hit crime procedural show "Criminal Minds," was canceled after just one short season on the network. "Death by a Thousand Cuts" was its 13th and final episode.

It was highly anticipated not only for being the first spinoff of a hugely successful show, but because it featured Oscar-winning film star Forest Whitaker -- a huge get for TV at the time. But sadly even he couldn't draw enough viewers to the show to make it worth CBS's while.

The network didn't give up on "Criminal Minds" as a franchise, though. The original aired its whopping 277th episode in May and has been renewed for a 13th season, set to air in the fall. And the network tried another spinoff in 2016, with "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders." That one beat its predecessor by making it through two seasons before being axed.

This lack of success has been new territory for CBS, which had seemingly mastered the franchise model with earlier procedural hits "CSI" and "NCIS," each of which has had multiple hit spinoffs.

Time will tell if CBS tries again to make a "Criminal Minds" spinoff work, or if it'll just give up and dry its tears with all the money the "NCIS" spinoffs are currently bringing in.

 

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