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An ER Veteran Is Heading To Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders

Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders already has a cast featuring a few well-known TV names, but this week we learned the freshman drama is adding an ER veteran to the cast for a potentially recurring role. It's going to happen soon, too. Sherry Stringfield is joining the cast of Beyond Borders this spring.

Sherry Stringfield has signed on to play Karen Garrett. If you’ve caught any of Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, you probably know that Garrett is the same last name that Gary Sinise’s character Jack Garrett has. Karen is Jack’s wife, a mother of five. All the backstories haven’t been written for all five kids, yet, but one of them is an FBI recruit—just like dad—and another will is in college at the University of Southern California. TV Line is reporting that Karen Garrett is expected to be introduced in an episode in May.

The original Criminal Minds has always been good at keeping tabs on the families of the lead characters, and it looks like the characters will be fleshed out via their families in Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, as well. So far, the freshman drama has only aired a couple of episodes and has not been renewed for Season 2, but if it does come back, Stringfield is expected to appear in Season 2 (and potentially beyond). Here’s hoping the show doesn’t get as grim with the family members of the FBI team as Criminal Minds has gotten over the years.

Sherry Stringfield

Sherry Stringfield’s had a pretty good run since her time on ER ended. She actually took quite a few TV movies between 2009 and 2013, when she landed a guest sting on another of CBS (former) dramas, CSI. That gig led her to nab a spot in the Under the Dome CBS series in 2014, playing Pauline Rennie.

Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders had a decent debut this March. The new series premiered to 8.6 million total viewers and a 1.6 rating in the 18-49 demographic. The second episode did drop viewers but actually retained its demo numbers pretty well, bringing in 7.8 million total viewers and a 1.5 rating, which should mean that a lot of people who caught the first episode stuck around for the second. Still, those numbers are by no means incredible and CBS did not opt to renew the brand new drama when it renewed a slew of other TV programs just a few days ago.

Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders joins Supergirl, Code Black and a couple of other programs that are still in limbo waiting on a renewal order. We’ll let you know as soon as CBS makes a decision on those shows. In the meantime, you can catch new episodes of Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders on Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. ET. Here’s what else the TV networks have coming up this summer.

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