'Criminal Minds' may (finally) get a spinoff

criminalminds_290.jpgMore than a year after the idea first surfaced, a spinoff of "Criminal Minds" may see the light of day later this season.

CBS and the show's producers are starting to plan for a planted spinoff of the crime drama, which would likely air this spring. Writer/executive producer Chris Mundy will pen the episode, based on story he conceived with fellow exec producer Ed Bernero.

The Hollywood Reporter says the spinoff episode will feature a new group of characters, similar to what CBS has done with its "CSI" franchise and "NCIS: Los Angeles."

Word of a possible "Criminal Minds" spinoff first surfaced in the summer of 2008, but the project was put on the back burner last season.

In other development news:

- Seth Green and his fellow "Robot Chicken" masterminds are working on an animated pilot for FOX.

The network has ordered a pilot presentation and script for a show that explores "family life and a high school," the HR reports. Green, Matthew Senreich and Tom Root are executive producing, but unlike the stop-motion animation of "Robot Chicken," the new show will look more like the hand-drawn animation of FOX's other prime-time cartoons.

- Also at FOX, former "Veronica Mars" scribe Diane Ruggiero is set to tell some ghost stories.

Ruggiero, who also created "The Ex List," is writing a dramedy about a group of estranged siblings forced to share the family home after their father dies. The catch: The house is haunted.