Friday, August 10, 2007

CRIMINAL MINDS: ED BERNERO ANNOUNCES THAT OUR NEW CAST MEMBER IS JOE MANTEGNA


Criminal Minds: Here is the big Criminal Minds announcement that we have all been waiting for from Ed Bernero:

"We are very excited to
tell you all that Joe Mantegna is officially joining
the cast of Criminal Minds. Thanks for hanging with
us, everyone. Ed Bernero"

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Keren said...

Yes! He will totally fit in with the cast, I am so excited about this.

I've seen Joe Mantegna in a multitude of roles that makes me believe that he can pull this off without harming the show.

Awesome choice.

jenna said...

I am so excited. Awesome choice. So exciting!

Cindy said...

Oh this is going to rock!

love2teach said...

I checked out IMDB, to see if there was anything I have seen he was in, and there isnt! Guess I will need to get ahold of something he was in, to see what he was like! (Or just wait until he appears on CM!)

D said...

Ohhhh. GOOOD CHOICE!

Love2Teach, he was in the Simpsons as FAT TONY: The gangstar guy.LOL.

slashgirl said...

I've always enjoyed Joe Mantegna in movies and shows I've seen him in. I think he's a great addition to an already wonderful cast.

Now...we just need to see what the character is going to be like!! (*lol* I'm not greedy. Not at all. *g*)

Wishing Joe all the best with his new job! *G*

And Ed, thank you, yet again, for keeping us up to date--we love you and everyone else involved in making CM the great show it is.

Stacy

Lin said...

Awesome! Not someone I would have thought of, but a great choice. Way to go, Ed!

olivia said...

Joe Mantegna is a wonderful choice. The season is going to be so freakin great.

joy said...

Awesome Ed!!!!!

Joe Mantegna is a great actor. Wonderful choice and a really exciting beginning for my weekend!

Great job Ed!!

Lori said...

What a great choice! I really like his work.

Way to go CM!

Melanie said...

I like it. I'm REALLY excited now. Thanks for letting us know!

kevin said...

Mantegna is a great choice. I didn't even think of him. Well done Ed. Well done CBS. Thanks Ed for the info!!

delois said...

Okay. This actor I really can see fitting in with our cast. I am really happy with him. Worth the wait in my book.

latashia said...

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001505/

It comes on for ever. His resume is unreal. Great pick!

Good job Ed and thanks for letting us know.

Anonymous said...

Ed,

You did a really great job. He is wonderful. I remember him in Joan of Arcadia. He was great!!!

Camille

callie said...

very exciting news. thanks.

parker said...

Awesome choice. He is experienced and versatile. He also has a look about him. He looks like he could be on our team.

I hope you know we appreciate the news!

Phoenix said...

I loved Joe as Will Girardi in Joan of Arcadia! He's a great actor and I think can do a great job in CM.

I knew we all should have just "chilled" and let Ed and the rest at CM do their usual great jobs!

stefan said...

Very good. Now we have a full cast and the season is only a month away. It is all good!! Thank you Ed. You are gold.

respectanimals said...

Great choice! He's a fabulous actor and should fit into the show very well. I totally approve!

eden said...

Ed,

Great actor you picked. Do him proud and write him one hell of a great character to play. We know you are doing that right now.

Thanks.

gita said...

I am pumped now. Did not even have this guy on my radar. He is a great choice. Very well done Ed. Very good. Thanks.

sherlockette said...

Great character actor with a great voice.

Great job!

Kirsten said...

I am so excited! I love Joe Mantegna!
Ed, you are a genius!
I cannot wait for season three!

allie said...

Ed,

Your note was short and sweet and full of great news. You packed a lot of relief for us in your small note. I'm excited about Mantegna joining our cast. I hope they are too.

Team CM rules in the fall!

maura said...

Great job!

Great actor!

We are ready now for Season 3. Thank you Mr. Bernero

Lee said...

Ed thank you SO much for the exclusive. I can't say he is my favorite but I am pleased to see some diversity added to the cast. I'll be watching no matter what though!!!

Lee :)

marina said...

I am thrilled with the choice. Joe Mantegna is seasoned with experience and will fit right in very well.

Great job Ed and thanks!

b.j. said...

Brilliant!

Thanks Ed.

wilma said...

Ed,

Thanks for telling us so we didn't have to read it in the press. They are always so negative and this a really positive thing.

You all did a great job signing a great actor. Take the rest of the night off and then start writing him a really wonderful character that we can embrace with open arms.

Hugs to all!

marc said...

Ed,

You were the man. You found a really great addition for our CM family. I hope he knows how lucky he is. I feel lucky that we have him joining our team. Well done Sir!

edwina said...

Ed- Thanks so much for taking your time until you found the perfect actor for the show. Joe Mantegna is really great. I think we are all going to enjoy watching him every week. I hope the cast and crew are as happy as we are!

Thank you for letting us know about your decision.

dorothy said...

Bravo and thanks Ed!

terri said...

You did great Ed. I have seen him in quite a few things. He is really good. Thanks for all you do for us!

bogusboobs said...

Joe Mantegna has always been a wee bit more than just "David Mamet's favorite actor." But even that was enough to recommend him.

It's going to be terrific!

anna maria said...

Thank you Ed!

I have not seen him that I know of but the excitement in the comments I have read makes me very excited. It sounds like you did very well.

brayden said...

Joe Mantegna has been in some wonderful projects. I guess we are going to be talking about him all weekend and that is great with me. It was about time we had some really good news. Thanks for delivering it to us Ed. You are just the best and we adore you.

hedy said...

I am happy and excited too. I thank you too Ed.

nina said...

Criminal Minds starring Thomas Gibson, Shemar Moore, Paget Brewster, A.J. Cook, Matthew Gray Gubler, Kirsten Vangsness and Joe Mantegna.

I like it. It looks good to me.

Great job Ed. We love all of you.

perry said...

Great news. Thanks Ed.

diaz said...

Thanks for the weekend present Ed.

melba said...

I think he has done some voice roles. Am I wrong? He was really good in Arcadia. This feels right. I didn't want someone new this season but now that it is done I must admit it feels good.

kdgriffin said...

Terrific! Great choice. And he has a solid work history.

khalid said...

Great news and thanks once again to Mr. Bernero!

sandy g. said...

Worth the pins and needles wait this month. You really did a great job Ed. Thanks.

chris said...

This is rocking news! I am excited! I am going to email all my friends and let them know. Hey thanks Ed.

gil said...

Ed,

I like him. He is good. Thank you for the news and for finding someone really qualified.

Did you explain to him what a contract is and means? We have to laugh about it now Ed. It is over and we have a new beginning.

leigh said...

Mantegna is great. Wow. We got a heavy hitter. I need to practice spelling his name. lol.

Thanks Ed.

enrique said...

Bravos and claps for the leader of CM on this news. Very nice and nice for the fans to know it first. Our thanks and prayers for you and all with the show.

colleen said...

I'm not going to say that I don't wish we had waited till next season but I like this actor so I will roll with it. My boyfriend thinks it is wonderful. He might be right this time. Thanks to Mr. Bernero for his devotion to the CM fans.

shannon said...

Mr. Bernero,

Thank you for the new member of the cast. Can we bribe you to tell us something about the character he will be playing or would that be pushing the candy too close to the kids?

Kris said...

This is really cool. Great choice! I have never met Mr. Mantegna. Hopefully I will get to if i am lucky enough to get back on the set!

george said...

Interesting choice. I am going to have to run to Blockbusters and see if they have anything he has been in. I am not sure I know him. If you guys are happy then I am happy.

Madelyn said...

Thank you so much for letting us know about this, Mr. Bernero. I'm very excited -- I loved Joe Mantegna in Joan of Arcadia, and I'm sure I'll love him just as much on Criminal Minds.

-BeatriceEagle

christine said...

Thanks Ed!

janice said...

Thanks again Ed. Welcome to Joe Mantegna.

bev said...

Totally great choice. He is outstanding. Thanks.

joanna said...

Thank you Mr. Bernero for sharing this with all of us. We love the show and for some of us it was a tense time. I bet it was very tense for you. I hope this choice makes you smile.

bonnie l. said...

I am elated by this announcement. Wonderful.

Elizabeth Bear said...

Great choice! I love the diversity and experience of this cast.

valerie said...

This is like adopting a child. We are adopting him into our CM family. Very nice. It feels good. It feels like we can put the past behind us and just start clean. I like that. We'll always have the memory of Gideon but now we have somebody new to learn about.

Ed, If his character wears two wedding bands and you don't explain it this time I am not going to be happy. I am joking. Now that Gideon is gone could we beg you to tell us the reason for the rings? Jill asked on the set but won't tell us what the answer was. Please.

jeremy said...

I agree with Elizabeth about the diversity. I love it.

caran said...

Great addition to our beloved cast. Thanks Ed and Jill.

Anonymous said...

Ed,

Clapping for you Ed. You did a great job. Kiss the cast for us and tell them to be nice to the new guy. No newbie pranks. Keep your eyes on the Gube. He's a prankster and we don't want to scare Joe off. Very fine job and thank you for the news.

Barbara

kate said...

Ed, I hope Mr. Mantegna thanks G-d in his prayers tonight for this opportunity. He is joining a quality cast on a quality show. He is going to have the best writing staff in the world writing for him. I hope he appreciates this blessing. We are blessed by having you as our friend and we are very grateful and very loyal.

ferngully said...

i thank joe mantegna is a gret choice.i no he will pull it off. i am very excited he will be on the show.can,t waite tell the season starts.

pamela said...

Oh yes please Ed. Please tell us about the rings. Jill has been a pickle and won't share what she knows about it with us.

I like Joe Mantegna. This is a really good choice. Thank you for telling us so quickly.

laura r. said...

I have seen him in a few things and he is great. I don't think he was on anyone's list in any of our groups. Was he?

I am pleased and thank you so much.

keith said...

Well done Ed!

faryn said...

Great choice! I think you knocked it out of the field Ed. We haven't all agreed on anyone up to now but the vibe is good with this actor.

mona said...

Going to bed happy tonight. Love the show and all my friends on the blog. Thank you Ed and thank you to all my friends who have been so great to me since I became hooked on the show. I don't ask so many newbie questions anymore. I appreciate all the care you all have shown me. You are all so nice.

merrill said...

Ed,

I'm clapping. Nicely done. Great casting and incredibly well delivered to the fans first. You are pure gold.

cc said...

Exciting news! If anyone ever questions why you are so successful all you have to do is remind them of how you handled yourself during this crap feast we all just lived through. You are a true leader and guiding force as Kirsten would say.

You just take my breath away with your fan loyalty and professionalism. I frankly would have accepted anyone that you recommended. Lucky for me that I also like this actor. I have become so jaded with the news and the magazine articles. If I had heard the same name from them before I heard it from you then I would have disliked it just on principle.

Thank you for caring about us and send all our best wishes to all the wonderful people you work with. We care about all of them.

lydia said...

Great news Ed. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Okay. I don't know this actor but I am open to him.

tanya said...

Awesome choice! Hugs Ed!

Anonymous said...

Who is going to break the news to Stacy that the great banner she made for the message board is now in need of reworking? lol

Thank you as always Ed for your graciousness and for the great news.

alicia said...

Great pick!!

Congrats on your newest cast member Ed. I hope he lives up to your level of excellence.

laine said...

Mantegna is an interesting choice. I don't love it and I don't hate it. I need to see it before I make my mind up. I hope that is okay to say. I love the show and will of course continue watching. I do thank you though Ed for the news.

slashgirl said...

anon said:

Who is going to break the news to Stacy that the great banner she made for the message board is now in need of reworking? lol

*heh* Stacy already knows.

Besides, I won't be able to change it until after I get caps of JM after his first ep airs, I don't want to use non CM pics if I can help it. If they keep the credits consistent, then I'll just get a cap where it shows the whole team and work with that. *G*

Stacy

izzy said...

Well it seems that all is going to settle down and be well on the show again. This has been a really sucky time. It seems like it has been going on forever. It is so nice to not have to think about Mandygate anymore. I just want the new season to hurry up and start. Out with the old bath water and in with the new. Ed, you are just a slice of pizza with all the toppings. I'm on a diet so that is high praise. I am up so past my bed time but wanted to share this good news with all my bloggy friends. Night guys and gals.

monica said...

Poor Stacy. I like the new banner. Can you archive it or something?

Mr. B., Thanks so much. I am really just so new to the show and I feel so happy to be a part of all this friendship and I love the show.

Jill, please forgive me for all the emails earlier. I didn't read the blog before I started asking my questions about Empty Planet. I didn't know how busy you probably are. Sorry.

gracie said...

Ed, Really good choice. Mr. Mantegna is going to be wonderful. Thanks for giving us the exclusive and being so inclusive.

Okay now I need to go to bed too. I am posting in rhyme. That is never good.

rosella said...

It is so funny. You are going to bed and I have only just woken up. The whole world loves the show in all time zones.

I like this choice. It is good news from you Ed. Thank you.

antonia said...

Very pleasant news Ed.

arriann said...

We need to give him a real chance with open minds. It is important.

dearlydead said...

Cool!
-DD
P.S. Thank you, Shemar! ;)

marino said...

Wonderful!

Nice to turn the computer on and see exciting news.

Thank you Ed.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Ed. We will hang with you anytime and twice on Wednesdays.

drago said...

Thank you Ed.

Can I reserve my opinion until I see him in an episode? I do not know who he is. I don't think I have seen him act.

annie said...

Lovely choice Ed.

mollie said...

He was great in "The Godfather 3". He knows how to play tough characters. Very cool.

brooke said...

Nice. Real nice choice. Not somebody I would have thought of but that is why I am not an Executive Producer. I think he was in the Godfather movie. I think he was also in the Simpsons. That is a pretty good indication that he can adapt and has range. I'm cool with him. Thanks Ed. Thanks for all you do for us.

rebecca said...

I'm glad this is at rest now. Can't wait for the new season!!!!

I was talking to my mom, sister and grandma who came up from out of state tonight about how I'm excited for Criminal Minds to start again. yippeeee!!!

angelina said...

I almost spewed my coffee onto the computer when I opened up the blog. I love him. This is wonderful news. I should remember to always have my coffee before reading the blog. Wonderful. I am very pleased. Very relieved that it did not turn out to be some of the other names we heard. Well done Mr. Bernero. Well done CBS and whoever else owns you. I can't keep it straight.

steve said...

Fat Tony is coming to CMland. Okie dokie with me. Slap a gun on him and lets see what he is made of.

sophie said...

Thanks Ed for the news. He is going to be really good.

carmen said...

Sweet. Love it.

lauren said...

Mantegna's experience is a definate plus. I'll give him a go.

libby said...

Awesome actor with so much experience. You did very well Ed.

PAOLAFROMPARIS said...

Mr Mantegna, WELCOME ABOARD!!! You are jumping in the boat right in the middle of a storm, but the water are calming down, now, and I am sure you will bring the sun back.
Mr Brennero, you can go to sleep a bit, now, everything will be fine, you will see... we (20 billion of us AT LEAST!) are waiting, and we will never let our show down!

PS. Mr. New Character, please, be very gentle with sweet dr. Reid!

simone said...

Ed,

I am going to have to learn how to spell his name. Could you give his character an easy name to type. It would help us old folks out. Joshing you. I like your selection. I know his work and he should work out very well.

clara said...

What is the new character's name? Do we know yet? I know you know Ed but I was wondering if we know yet. Are you allowed to tell us?

Thank you for the news and for picking so wisely.

Anonymous said...

Love Joe Mantegna and so happy that he is on board. Thanks Ed for letting us know asap. The new season is going to be amazing!

Anonymous said...

Love Joe Mantegna and so happy that he is on board. Thanks Ed for letting us know asap. The new season is going to be amazing!

Evie said...

I'm glad it's settled and it seems like a lot of people are happy.

I agree with them that this feels like a decent fit.

Nupanda said...

Thank you for the news.
I have seen Joe Mantegna on very few occasions.
I wish the three season with impatience.

otontv said...

OK, I was like - Joe Who?
But I looked him up on imdb and now I'm like - ah, Joe from CM... ;-D
I haven't seen any movies with him, but it seems he will fit very well in our team. I wonder if he will get Gideon's casual look or the smart Hotch look...
Ed, thanks again for keeping us up to date that fast. Did you tell Joe what kind of *freaky* fandom he's joining?? *gg*
Jill, thanks for sharing your new knowledge with us.
CU sindee

Anonymous said...

I have never heard of him here in the UK, what has he done before

jenn said...

Yea!!! He is awesome. I think he will be a great fit. This will definitely lessen the blow a bit of losing Gideon. How perfect. Thanks.

corina said...

Great news. He was great in Joan of Arcadia. I vaguely remember the Godfather movies but they were all good. Thanks for the news.

curtis said...

This is nice news which is exciting. Thank you to Ed.

celeste said...

Ed says they are excited about him so would be impossible for me to not be. I wish him well on the show.

stanley said...

Thanks Ed. Good choice.

ashley f. said...

Great news. Thanks Ed.

liza said...

Thanks to Ed and to Jill for passing us this information. I am going to have to learn how to properly pronounce his name and type it. I can do that.

Congrats Ed and thanks again.

denise said...

This is a tad bit fun I must admit. I didn't want a new character but now that it has happened it is surprising me how excited I really am about it. I wish the man all great luck.

meredith p. said...

Congrats to everyone involved with the show. Good job it would seem on picking a winner.

brennan said...

Oh that is a really interesting choice!! I barely know his work but that is fine. Congrats to him for landing a great job. Thanks again to Ed.

damon's girl said...

Nicely done and graciously delivered to us. Very nice. Exciting selection.

colette said...

Thank you Ed.

I don't know his work so I will have to wait.

murray said...

Fat Tony!

Very cool!

Thanks!

Lori said...

Someone mentioned that Joe Mantegna was in the movie, Baby's Day Out. He was and it was a hoot! Those of you who haven't seen the movie should check it out--a funny movie to watch on a Saturday afernoon. He played a bumbling gangster and his facial expressions and antics made me laugh out loud.

He has played such a wide spectrum of characters, from the funny, to scary, to caring. He is a great choice, with lots of range.

I am so looking forward to learning about his character next season!

carey nickols said...

Best wishes to Mr. Mantegna on his new job. Break a leg...not really, I think that is an expression.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Mr. Bernero. Welcome Joe.

kellie s. said...

Thanks Ed,

The test of his ability is going to be how he does with his first phone call with Garcia. If his character can hold his own with our special lady then he is golden in my book.

heather pappas said...

Well done as already stated numerous times. We appreciate the news very much.

randie said...

He has a dark and smolderly look to him. That is going to be really good to have a new actor after all. Who knew!

amy said...

I am going to keep my mind open to this new person but I am still really sad about all this. I'm sorry.

jordan said...

This had to be a really hard search but I like this actor. I think you did really well Ed. I am looking forward to the season finally starting and our first look at the new guy.

mickey haynes said...

It seems Ed has pulled the summer out of the garbage can and given us someone to look forward to. For that I am thankful. I like good news much better than bad.

***** Has anyone told the TV Guide yet so they can start bashing and downing the new choice. You aren't a part of team CM unless TV Guide slams the crap out of you******

Lisa said...

A very warm welcome to Joe to the Cm team, season 3 is going to be great. Now we have a lot of diversity on the show!

Thankyou Ed for being the wonderful person that you are and keeping us constantly updated with good news, you are the best:):):):)

Lasell

jane said...

I ditto all the thanks Ed. You are our special blogging friend. I hope you are happy with this choice. I don't really know him but that will change during the new season. It is good news because now you can back to the business of producing the show and away from all the speculation and dirty crap MP left you with. I wish you all the best of everything.

pete's mom said...

Exciting choice.

tiffany said...

I am tickled pink by this choice. Great job Ed and CBS.

eliza said...

"Thanks for hanging with
us, everyone."

NO. Thank you for hanging with us Ed. You are one of a kind. Pure gold as far as we are concerned.

Welcome and good luck wishes to Joe Mantegna. We are a hard audience who expects quality but we are very loyal and devoted. If you do your very best then you will have a fan base you might not be used to. We are incredibly devoted and protective of our show. But we are a friendly lot.

debbie said...

Awesome news. We were due so good news. Thanks Ed. You did really good.

debbie said...

I meant to say some. I can't spell so good in english. Sorry for being stupid.

alex said...

Ed- Thanks so much. Great job

Jill- Thanks so much for being our go between and keeping us accurately informed.

Debbie- Your English is wonderful. You are not stupid.

esp said...

Thumbs up Ed from Chile.

asher said...

Ed,

You converted me. Are you happy now? I didn't want a new person but the excitement is contagious. It does seem fun to have someone new. I can like him and still miss Mandy at the same time.

juana said...

Spain joins Chile in giving Ed the thumbs up.

mitzi said...

Congrats to Mr. Mantegna, Ed, the cast and crew, CBS and Disney for getting the job done and doing it so well. Bravo.

fran said...

Never even thought of him as a choice but it is a good one. Ed, we thank you and appreciate you so much.

rudy said...

Very nice!

luna said...

Ed,

You really thought outside the box with this and it is a great surprise. Never even thought of him as a possible replacement. Great job.

Thank you as well for delivering the news.

leslie said...

Awesome. Thanks.

taylor said...

Thanks Ed. What is the new character's name?

banshira said...

We love the show in India and you have our good wishes Mr. Bernero and our support for the show.

sterling said...

Mantegna is a great actor. I am wildly excited about this news.

matt said...

Thanks Ed.

cee said...

Ah, he has been added to the message board so now we have seven again. Very good. A new beginning.

erika said...

He has a wide range of experience. I like that. I really do. Thank you Mr. Bernero.

bill said...

He was great in Baby's Day Out. He is really good at comedy. He was a great villian in the Godfather movie. This is going to be interesting.

becky said...

I need to go rent some of his movies. I am so happy we know have closure to our previous mess. This is nice.

aimee said...

Ed, You rock the world. You are so incredibly considerate of all of us and you never leave us out or let us down. I like Joe Mantegna and I am excited about a great season three.

caitlin said...

In the end it all worked out well for the show. I'm happy about that.

Anonymous said...

I want to know all about him. We need to start a fact sheet on him on the message board. Good news for the show is a welcome relief. I am so sick of all the bad press. Maybe things will go our way in the press now. It has been hell reading the horrible articles written since Mandy left. I want Auseillo to be our next unsub so we can torture him like he has tortured us.

irma said...

Thank you for not hiring a white bread cookie cutter clone. Diversity is always a welcome thing.

Sarah said...

I think that everyone's said anything I could possibly say.

So, I'll just raise a glass and say, "Here's to season Three."

erin cox said...

I wish Joe Mantegna all the best with his new job. He is a c selection and I know he will be happy with his new cast mates. Please tell him to be respectful of our existing stars. We love them very much and we want them to be happy and have peace of mind. Thank you.

Azertynin said...

I think this choice is perfect. He looks very charismatic.

D said...

Anonymous said...
I want to know all about him. We need to start a fact sheet on him on the message board. Good news for the show is a welcome relief. I am so sick of all the bad press. Maybe things will go our way in the press now. It has been hell reading the horrible articles written since Mandy left. I want Auseillo to be our next unsub so we can torture him like he has tortured us.


Omg.LOL!!

lee ann said...

LOL. I think all the writers would line up to write that episode. Too bad we don't have the Super Bowl episode this year. That show would be a ratings trend setter.

Thank you Ed. You are the best.

taylor said...

Love the news. Pretty great choice.

gipper said...

Wonderful Ed. Thank you so much. We know he is a wonderful choice.

becker said...

What a wondeful actor you picked. I am so caught off guard by this choice. Never saw it coming. Great news and thank you so much Ed. Thank you for everything.

wallace said...

I think it is a wonderful choice Ed.

I will never believe the crap I am now reading on the web. They obviously don't watch our show or they would know that it is of the highest quality and stands out over all other shows. This is our day to share with you.

Jill: I have the feeling you were forced to post about the press due to all the emails we have sent you. Sorry but it makes us go nuts.

kade said...

Ed, Thank you for the news. It is a wonderful choice and we back it completely.

Welcome to Joe Mantegna.

Wallace, let it wash off your back honey. I have a few years on you and I am telling you that this always happens and there is nothing you can do about it. Don't let it bother you.

ada said...

Wonderful casting. Wonderful news. Ed you own our hearts.

christina said...

Season 3 is going to be the best yet. It is all so exciting Ed!

bernie said...

Thanks Ed!

slashgirl said...

Hey folks, let's keep this thread on topic--and that's about Joe Mantengna joining the cast.

Please try not to comment on the press; as Jill said in her post, the best thing to do is ignore them. Commenting on them just gives them more attention than they deserve.

Oh, and to the anon who posted:

I want Auseillo to be our next unsub so we can torture him like he has tortured us.

That's a brillaint idea. Hmm. Maybe take it a bit further--they have an ep where there's an unsub stalking and killing all the nasty tv critics. *G* Maybe they could even get some of the "real" ones to guest star. *heh*

Stacy

fischer said...

Cheers Stacy but nobody would want the unsub caught.

I do like the idea of Joe Mantegna. He has experience and range and I think he will add to our show in a wonderful way.

Thank you Ed and thank you to all the people who worked hard to get this wonderful actor for the show.

amy w. said...

I'm never leaving town again. I miss all the news when I am gone. This is very good news. He was wonderful in Joan of Arcadia.

wagner said...

Awesome news. How many days till season three? Too Many.

Anonymous said...

The only person that loves "Criminal Minds" more than the fans is Edward A. Bernero.

jasper said...

Thank you Ed for giving us such great news.

Joe Mantegna is perfect for the show.

Crzylady said...

I don't post here very often but feel like this is one of those times I can't sit on the sidelines as a spectator. I think Joe Mantegna is a fantastic addition to the cast. I'm looking forward to seeing his chararcter develope and how he interacts with the other characters this season. It's gonna be a great one!! GREAT CHOICE!!!!!!

graham said...

I am a lurker too but I also feel the desire to jump in with praise for such a wonderful selection. This gifted actor is going to be a great addition to our cast and I look forward to a long and happy viewing relationship with him.

jennifer l. said...

You did a great job Ed by picking him and keeping it under wraps until you were ready to announce him. We love you from here to the moon and back. Thanks.

katrina said...

I'm very happy with Mantegna joining us.

zach said...

Thanks Ed. Wise choice. A big hitter like Joe Mantegna can only add to the show.

Anonymous said...

The question used to be who would win in a chess game beween Gideon and Reid. Turns out you would be the winner. You played this beautifully. You never made a mistake or took a wrong turn. You said you would keep the show's fans in the loop and you never broke your word or betrayed their trust. You didn't leak anything and you put the show and its fans first. I think everyone knows who the master chess player is now! You were the only one that realized that fans matter more than the press. A news article lasts a day but a loyal fan stays forever. Well done Ed. The good will you have built with your fans is probably unequaled in all of television today. Congrats to you and your show.

klein said...

This is going to be wonderful!

Thanks Ed.

murphy said...

Great freakin casting job Ed. You did great!

david fellowers said...

I don't know this guy but I really like how he was presented to us. That is good enough for me. He has my vote of confidence on your word alone Ed.

lynette said...

You just keep blessing us and blessing us. I hope you feel appreciated. I hope that we do enough to warrant your attention and time. I will make sure my entire campus is watching the show when school starts.

fanny said...

Great choice. Didn't see it coming. I like that we were surprised.

adam said...

Sometimes it is ALL about the presentation. I don't know this actor well enough to render an opinion but I agree with David about how utterly well you presented him to us. It does inspire loyalty and I would not miss Season 3 if the show running against it was nothing but naked women. (I won't lie and say that I wouldn't tivo the other show)

ann said...

Ed,

If you and CBS keep this up I might have to give in and start watching the commercials.

I like your choice. I also wish to add my thanks to those who posted before me.

usher lover said...

Congrats Ed.

etta said...

Joe Mantegna has just what we need for the show. Experience and talent. Exciting days ahead for our show.

renee said...

I was hoping that you would take one of us up on our offer to volunteer for the job but I like your choice. XOXOXOXO

Anonymous said...

This is very exciting news. Joe Mantegna is a wonderful actor, and I have enjoyed him in everything that I have seen him in, most especially Joan of Arcadia.
Kudos to you Ed for finding someone so wonderful!

sims rule said...

I broke into a big smile when I went into the yahoo group and saw the wonderful news. Thank you Ed for telling us and thanks to Jill for posting it in all of our groups.

blanche said...

Thanks Ed. We kicked Lost's ass and this season we are going to kick that Grey's Anatomy wanna be show straight off the air and onto dvd. We're going to watch the ratings soar and watch the critics eat piles of dirt and mud.

Stacy: If they write that episode I will walk the streets of NY making sure every tv is tuned onto CBS for the show. Too funny!

mayer said...

Great choice. Looking forward to seeing him in action.

bean said...

Mantegna is impressive. I am so happy to welcome him to the show. Good job Ed.

flora said...

Season Three can't get here quick enough for me. I hope the new member is happy. We are happy for him and the show.

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