Sunday, July 22, 2007

CRIMINAL MINDS: ED BERNERO KEEPS US IN THE LOOP.


Dear CM Friends:

Just to keep you all in the loop, there is talk going around that Geena Davis may be the replacement actor. This is not true. She was someone we talked about but we aren't going that way. Still nothing solid to report. We are working our way through some pretty interesting people and we'll let you know as soon as something is definite.

Everyone is doing fine and we are all looking forward now to the future. Thanks again for all the kind words.

Ed Bernero

103 comments:

rachie said...

Ed,

Thank you. There have been so many rumors swirling lately that I tend now not to believe anything unless I hear it from you or from Jill's source at CBS.

jolie said...

Thanks for the update Ed. We will watch the show no matter who you get but this is a really important decision that you are all making and I hope you all take your time. Don't let anyone rush it. Most fans would rather go several episodes with the spot unfilled anyway if truth be told. Even the whole season would be fine with me.

edwina said...

Ed- Once again I would like to thank you for considering us fans. Do we have to have a replacement this season? I really agree with what Jolie said. The media keeps saying we now have a HOLE in our show but the truth is we have 6 GREAT actors on our show. Thomas Gibson, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore, Matthew G. Gubler. A.J. Cook and our lady Kirsten Vangsness. The can do a season without someone new. I keep reading words like BURDEN, HOLE, SCURRYING in the media articles and I am sorry because you have not asked for our opinions but I hate what is being written and said. It makes it sound like there are 6 lost lambs on the set looking for a leader and lamb and as an avid Thomas Gibson fan for the last decade I think it is crap. He is a truly gifted actor of the highest caliber and there is no way he is looking for someone to lead him through the darkness on the screen. Frankly and I am so sorry for rambling, I don't want someone new right now. Is there any point that anyone but you is going to read what we say and care? Can't the NETWOEK give us time and it only saves them money. We'll replace anyone who stops watching because they only tuned in for Mr. Patinkin with some new fan. They need to have some faith in all of us because we have faith in you and yours.

Lee said...

Man. I REALLY liked Geena Davis though. I think she would have done an amazing job. But it's okay, I'll watch no matter what.

Thanks again Ed.

Lee :)

edwina said...

Sorry for my bad english in my last post.

monica said...

No offense to Ms. Davis because she is a fine actress but there are many of us that are not disappointed that you have chosen to go a different way.

You blow me away with your respect and care. Keeping us informed and up to date is not something that happened before you came around. Everytime you address us like this you show us more and more that our show is going to be great this new season. Thank you so much for rebuilding our confidence.

D said...

Lee said...
Man. I REALLY liked Geena Davis though. I think she would have done an amazing job. But it's okay, I'll watch no matter what.

Thanks again Ed.

Sorry, but she was a HORRIBLE choice! She does not belong in a show like that.

Get Craig T. Nelson!

Anonymous said...

Ed,

Thank you for keeping us honestly informed. I bookmarked this blog after following a thread from an interview you gave. We are avid "Criminal Minds" fans. My entire family watches and we will continue to watch no matter who is chosen.

Alex K.- Florida

Lin said...

Thanks, Ed.

I read the TV Guide report, but had already decided that I'd believe it when I heard it from Jill and you.

I'm with the other viewers who think several eps with the spot empty would not be a bad thing. We all need time to adjust.

Thanks for keeping up posted.

Anonymous said...

It is so great to hear from you that things are okay. From you I believe everything. I have such a hard time believing the press right now. Why is it so seductive to them to talk badly about the show's future! Does it just sell better than the truth?

I'm with Lin. Until I hear it from you or Jill then to me it is all just garbage made to mislead us and frankly an attempt to hurt rather than help. I have lurked here for months and this is my first comment. I felt the need to back away from my shyness in support of you, Jill and the show.

Our show isn't going to be okay. It is going to be great because it has always been great. Why? Because the writers are great. They always have been and they always will be and thank you from the bottom of my heart for hiring all of them.

I would also like to thank you and the powers that be for thinking about me and my fellow students during what was, and remains, a time in hell.

Robin Alexander
V-Tech, Class of 2009

Kris said...

Hey Ed,

It's great that you actually take time from your day to actually think of the fans and keep us updated. I am Jill's "adopted" friend on the blog. She's mentioned me a few times on here.

I've worked on Criminal Minds twice as an extra and I'm actually planning on shadowing Scott David in the casting office real soon. I'm really excited about it. I also have confidence that anyone you pick to be on the show will be great!

Thanks for everything,

Kris

slashgirl said...

Mr. Bernero

Thank you, once again, for keeping us in the loop.

I really think that there shouldn't be such a rush to get a replacement on the show--I think our remaining cast can carry the show and do it well...But I will trust in whatever decision that is made and know that show will only get better. :D

rebecca said...

Thank you for keeping us informed. I'm very excited for the new season and I too think the wonderful cast is fully capable of handling the show. I can see why there needs to be a replacement character though and I hope it will be someone just as great as our cast.

It's also so great that you come here and get the truth instead of going elsewhere where they feed you crap.

miranda said...

Mr. Bernero,

Thank you for all you do everyday to produce the show. Thank you to all. Whatever you decide to do about a replacement is okay by me. I watch the show for the stories and I will miss Gideon but that is okay too. Thank you also Sir for taking such good care of our Kirsten. She was the first person ever from the show that commented on this blog and we love her.

dearlydead said...

I appreciate Mr.B keeping us informed. The show was well-casted from the beginning. I am sure you will find someone appropriate to add to the cast.
-DD
P.S.Thank you, Shemar! ;)

Anonymous said...

i am glad they still looking for a replacement. hope they take there time. right now they 6 other great stars on the show.that are just as great. i can hardly waite tell the new season starts.
i didn,t start watching criminal minds tell last thnksgiving. then i went out and bought the first season. so i am very hook on this show.

anukka said...

We have no doubts about the new season. Those went away the moment you sent us your first statement. Kisses from Poland.

cara said...

Thank you from Spain. Glad to hear that you are alright.

leslie said...

http://winnipegsun.com/Entertainment/Television/2007/07/21/4356769-sun.html

Ed: This breaks my heart.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for keeping us in the loop but you know the show would be just fine if not better if you didn't replace him. We don't need another person anyway.

Anonymous said...

Ed,

I think it is wonderful that you think so highly of the fans of CM. My son, Kris Campbell, has worked on the show as an extra and Kris has spoken so highly of the level of professionalism on your set. I always watch the show on a regular basis and it was such a treat when he was on the show. I was so excited for him. I will continue to support CM and am excited about the upcoming season.

Kris' Mom

alice said...

Ed,

I would like to address the statements that have been posted about the media. I hope that you know that we do not hold all the media in contempt. It is simply that there is so much misinformation circulating. When we read what you have written it is coming to us first hand and can wrap our heads around it. When we read what the media has to say, whether it is positive or negative, we have to wonder because there are 10 other articles that are circulating at the same time that say something different.

Thank you for keeping us up to date and current. It means so much to all of us fans. Bless you for your loyalty. It shall be repayed ten fold.

kimmie said...

Take your time with the casting and whoever you decide to give the job to we will support. But a break would be nice if possible.

We adore you Ed. We love the show. Our love pours out to all of you. Always know that.

And tell our gals Kirsten and Gina to come and visit us soon. They are missed here beyong words.

simone said...

I have rewritten the words I used to love to hear:

"My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die."

with

"My name is Ed Bernero. I killed off my own daughter's character. Prepare to hear the truth from me."

We have faith in all of you. Complete and total faith and we are going to do everything we can do to make sure the show has even higher ratings this season. We trust you and you now know you trust us!

nancy said...

There is not one of the six remaining characters that isn't completely capable to carry an entire episode by themselves. They are stellar as are you.

You say things are fine. Then fine is great with me. Thanks so much.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Bernero,

Thank you for the update.

Anna Maria

kellie said...

Ed-

Thanks.

steven said...

Ed,

The show, you and CBS have our full and total support.

harriet said...

I will add my thanks to those who posted comments before me.

Great show
Great cast
Great writers
Great producers
Great network

And you!

We are going to fly high in the ratings this season.

Alison said...

I just want to thank you for the way you have handled everything that has been happening on the show and keeping the fans up to date, it really makes me feel like we as the fans are part of the show. Thanks again!

lee ann said...

You and Jill's contact at CBS rule as far as I am concerned. You are open and honest with us and we love the show and all of you.

jackson said...

Thanks Ed for being part of the Criminal Minds team we have here on the blog.

tina said...

My children are all in their rooms reading the new Harry Potter book. You could hear a pin drop which gives me time to catch up on all the CM news. You are always an instant smile on my face. Seeing one of your posts is like that first cup of coffee in the morning. Thanks. Kiss everyone for us.

lawrence said...

Whoever you pick...I am going to tune in.

Nita said...

Ed,

Thank you for letting us know you are all doing well and keep us updated. We are all sending the best vibes you way:)

Looking forward to the new season!!!!

sherlockette said...

Thanks for the update Mr B.

Unique, interesting and unusual is good. Like the show and the characters who are already on it!

We will await further news.

Ambra said...

Thanks again, Ed, for letting us know what's going on. I'm sure you guys will pick the right person to become a part of the CM family. It's good to hear you guys are doing well under the circumstances and are moving along with filming. I know you guys will make this the best season of the show yet!

Lori said...

Ed, once again, thank you for keeping the fans in the loop. You are probably the only producer in TV-dom who is so generous with his time to the fans of his show.

Good luck with casting and know that we will support whoever you choose for the show!

Anonymous said...

I'll add my comment to so many others that are here suggesting that you take your time. I agree that the six actors that now comprise the team will do an amazing job and are not in need of support to guide them through their mission.

I will dearly miss the Hotch/Gideon interaction as those moments on screen were glimpses into each character's past and demons and set them aside as the leaders of the team.

I do not wish to see you make a decision to simply pick someone and 'cookie cutter' them in (if that phaase can be utilized in that fasion) but I am hopeful for continued interaction between Hotch and someone that he can confide in to show us his demons and not to be sexist, but a male is the best choice to have empathy for Hotch's role as a father and husband who is struggling to balance those roles with his career.

I do think Geena Davis is a talented and gifted actress but also am glad she is not part of the direction you are intending to go.

I will continue to watch the show, it is hard for me to believe that one new character will cause me to dislike all the interactions of the other six who are the cornerstone of the show.

Take your time, no hurry, I think the team can do just fine without another profiler and allow all of them to grow stronger as a unit and let's not forget, Gideon may have been the 'best or most respected' profiler, but he wasn't the head of the team, Hotch, as Bureau Chief, was the head of the team.

Anonymous said...

This is about the most amazing thing I have seen in a very long time. It is wonderful to see you reaching out and respecting the fans of your show like you are doing. I am so impressed. I watched one episode last year but I think you have just convinced me to tune in and watch the show on a regular basis. The article I read was so raw and honest that I didn't truly believe it. I followed the link and am amazed by all I have seen here. You must be the one person in Hollywood who actually knows how to express the truth. Good for you. Great for the fans of your show. If it not acceptable for non members to comment then I will understand if the blog owner deletes my comment.

T. McDonald

Jen from the midwest said...

I love how this blog is a one stop shop for everything Criminal Minds. It always has fun stuff on it, and the news actually comes from people who work on the show, not media rumors.

Can't wait for the 3rd season and to see who the new actor is going to be. Good luck choosing. I know you'll make the right choice.

Jen

P.S. - I vote for Kris to be in at least one episode. He just seems so adorable!

Colleen S said...

I think they should bring Mary Page Keller as Katherine 'Katie' Cole. She was fantastic. She really fit in with the group and is a wonderful actress.

dean said...

I am so glad to read that you are all doing fine. That is truly the best news yet.

malik said...

Ed,

We are counting on the notion that you are giving daily kisses and hugs from all of us to all of the hard working bees over there. We love and support you all and keeping us up to date and well informed is awesome.

cindy said...

Malik is so right. We hope you are conveying our best wishes, love and support to everyone involved with the show and the networks.

If you promise to give the Gube a kiss from me then I promise to find at least 2 new people to watch the show this year. Only kidding. I will help find new fans anyway but if you wanted to kiss him from me and promise not to tell my boyfriend then I could promise maybe three new viewers.

All kidding aside. Thank you.

kimberly Duncan-Kansas City said...

Yes please. Our love, respect, commitment, encouragement and our knowledge that they can do this and do it better than any cast and crew ever could. We know it and please make sure they know we know it. We also know that this must be a hard time for you and our love, support and thanks remain with you Ed today, tomorrow and during the next season.

Our goal is that this time next year the newspapers are running stories with titles like these:

Criminal Minds beat the bump and landed on the top ten list for the entire season.

Criminal Minds fans never gave up and never gave in.

or my favorite:

Ed Bernero proved that reaching out to fans and telling the truth paid off big for his show. Criminal Minds and CBS showed exactly what they are made of!

jeff said...

Kimberly: I like that. We should do a David Letterman Top 10 List:

Top 10 reasons to watch CM:
1. Best actors in the business
2. Best writers anywhere
3. Best directors on the planet
4. Gripping episodes
5. Wonderful quotes and music
6. Characters you can love
7. Unsubs you can even love but mostly hate
8. A fandom full of great new friends
9. A network that is fan friendly
10. Because we said so.

Thanks Ed for keeping us so up to date.

henri said...

You guys all crack me up. I am glad we are laughing this weekend and the "ugly" is over.

Ed,

I add my thanks and respect to everyone elses.

melinda said...

I am excited to see who you decide to sign. I would like a few episodes to chill out before the person hits us though. Thanks.

avrah said...

I am anxiously awaiting your news when you do find the right person.

sandy said...

Thanks Ed! Kisses to all.

janet said...

We are looking to the future with you.

maureen said...

Ed,

Thanks for the casting update. The future is looking bright.

Anonymous said...

THANKS.
I love this show.
I have to say, mattew is sexy :P

jazz said...

Thanks once again Ed. It is reassuring to read that the show is moving forward and that things are going in the right direction.

trisha said...

Mr. Bernero-

The show is the best on tv. Thank you for letting us know what is going on and for telling us that things are going well. Those are great things for us to know.

pat said...

I bet it has to be hard making a casting decision like this one. It is great to hear that you have let us know the new news. Thank you Sir.

Gary said...

thanks for keeping us in the loop ed
good luck making that casting decision
I know you will make the right choice
just remember ed
we,ve got your back
gary

lauren said...

Ed: Great to hear that things are moving in the right direction. I never had the first doubt they would but it is very nice to be reassured by you and Jill that all is well. Thanks.

diane said...

Thanks for the update Ed. Love to all from us and hugs to you for being a great leader.

alexandra said...

Ed:

For the good of the show I am willing to offer my services free of charge to fill the role. I will of course need Morgan to be in every scene with me.

Kidding you.....So happy to read things are moving along. Thank you for letting us know what is going on.

reed said...

I am happy to read that everyone is okay. I would be lying to say that we weren't all worried but your updates chase those feelings away.

Anonymous said...

It is nice to know that all is returning to a normal atmosphere. I know you are all still scrambling but we are going to be so proud of this season. I am sure that it isn't easy to make a top 20 show each week under the best of circumstances but I think this challenge will prove to be your finest hour. I tell all my friends that no matter what they read in the press the show is going to be even better this year.

Kelly from CA

libby said...

Ed,

Thanks for the update. We really appreciate it.

izzy said...

Thanks Ed. We read somewhere that Michael Keaton was also in the running. Is that still on the table because that I would love?

But mostly thanks for being here with us.

tammy said...

Ed, you don't ever need to thank us. We are honored by your participation. Glad to hear that you and the networks are taking your time picking the perfect person. Thanks.

fay said...

Ed,

Like 10 minutes ago I got a google alert in my emails that said she had been signed to come onto the show. I am glad to hear the truth from you. Do these mags just make the stuff up as they go!

Thank you for an honest account on whatever topic you are addressing us on.

lyndsy said...

This is so much better news than the news last weekend. I hope you know how much we appreciate the updates.

dannie said...

Ed: Have a great weekend. Relax and take care of yourself. It is all going to be fine. Season Three is going to be awesome. Hugs to all of you!

ali said...

Best wishes Mr. Bernero.

blue said...

Ed
Thank you for the update.
I gotta agree with d. Davis was not a good match for this show.

Craig T. Nelson good choice!
or Joe Morton

Elizabeth said...

Ed

thank you so much for taking the time to keep us up to date.

Ed - you rock!

lyon said...

Ed,

A serious thank you for keeping us informed and entertained every Wed. night.

Anonymous said...

I add my thanks-Stefan

carla said...

Thank you for caring about us Ed. So many times us fans get forgotten.

wilma said...

Thank you Ed.

Jean said...

Thanks again for keeping us informed - you don't need to but it's a measure of how highly you think of the fans that you take time to do it and we love you all the more for it.
Casting have done an absolutely superb job so far, so we can be confident that whatever is decided and whoever is selected it will be the best for the show as a whole.

dearlydead said...

Anxious to see the program without Mandy. Perhaps, another player isn't all that necessary? Would be happy to see more of the existing team, anyway.

Mr.B, you sound as angry as SM!

gtg...working today...Ah, shucks, maybe I won't go. Hummm, I'm a nurse. I wonder how my patients will be affected if I don't show up because I have "creative differences" with the hospital?

-DD

P.S. Thank you, Shemar! ; )

mosha said...

You and your team and the network are amazing. Thank you Ed. We will do our part.

cecille said...

Take you time with this. I am sure that you and CBS are being very selective and careful and I thank you both for that. Thank you for keeping us informed and for just reaching out to us fans.

sarah p. said...

Thanks for everything Ed.

carolina said...

We are going to rock n' roll along with you Ed!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for keeping us informed.

But with that said - I really wish we could somehow just keep the team of six as is, at least for a while. At this point I suppose all I can hope for is that the newbie arrives a ways into the season and is eased in slowly.

We know next to nothing about the female characters on this show -- out of 45 episodes, we've had *one* that was truly JJ-centric (North Mammon) and *one* that was truly Prentiss-centric (Honor Among Thieves) -- and now I'm supposed to care about some new (and in my opinion unnecessary) character sucking up air time and potentially also taking up a good chunk of what little character-based content the show has? I mean no disrespect (I love this show) but it's frustrating.

grace said...

Thanks Ed for the update.

Anonymous said...

Shame about Geena Davis, I think she would have done a great job. How about the woman who played Katie in episode 2.02?

mina said...

The appreciation that we all feel to you, CBS and to the cast and crew gets stronger everytime you put us first and I want to sincererly thank you.

heidi k. said...

Incredibly nice of you to do this for us so we do not need to concern ourselves with gossip and rumors anymore.

Lakisha Boylen said...

Thank you Ed.

alvaro said...

Full support for all casting decisions you make.

megan said...

Ed,

Thank you for keeping us informed. I think this has to be the first time ever that an Exec. Producer has ever cared about the fans. Thank you.

marianna said...

The updates are great. I liked reading in this one that things are okay. I am sure the stress level has still got to be high but it is going to get better. And we are always here if you need a lift!

Anonymous said...

Ed,

I really appriciate you taking time out of your day to inform the fans. I'm sure whoever you pick will be good, but always know the show could be just as awesome with no replacement. ;)

joyce said...

"MR. ED"...

THANK YOU FOR THAT WONDERFUL NEWS!!!! I WASN'T GOING TO BELIEVE IT WAS GEENA DAVIS UNLESS YOU OR JILL TOLD US SO...VERY HAPPY "THE TALK" WAS NOT TRUE.

YOU ARE A GEM...!!!!!!!!!

Joyce (group granny)

Joyce said...

MR. ED,

THANKS FOR THE WONDERFUL NEWS!!! I WILL ONLY BELIEVE WHAT YOU OR JILL SAY.

I'M HAPPY TO HEAR FROM YOU THAT "THE TALK" WAS JUST THAT.

THANKS AGAIN FOR BEING A GEM..!!

joyce said...

OOPS-A-GRAM!

Sorry I didn't realize my 1st message went through. It's Monday, what more can I say...dah.

Joyce (red-faced)

veronica said...

We love you and everyone else there even more now.

lainey said...

Thanks for the 411 Ed!

Anonymous said...

um Zeljko Ivanek is a great actor and would be a perfect replacement for Mandy...
Just thinking out loud...

Anonymous said...

Don't cast anyone save yourself time and money develop the characters you have. They are all wonderful and there is so much you can do with them. Personally I would love more Garcia air time. She's the best and Reid to.

sophia said...

Thanks for keeping us in "the loop" Ed. I leave for a vacation for two weeks and came back to this. Never going on a cruise again!

otontv said...

Thanks Ed, for keeping us informed.

Really cannot await to see the way you have choosen out of this "disaster"...

CU sindee

The Boss said...

Its fantastic that the fans are kept up to speed. Thanks
I don't think CM necessarily needs a replacement for Gideon. It may mess with the dynamics of the show. However if it is decided to bring in a new member i think the character would have to be an experienced agent like Gideon that can give guidance etc a 'father figure' for the rest of the team. I don't think another female agent would be the way to go.

parker said...

We are holding you in our thoughts Ed.