Monday, August 30, 2010
Criminal Minds: Ed Bernero, Exec. Producer of Criminal Minds, was interviewed by TVDoneWright.com
-Criminal Minds will be entering its sixth season on CBS this fall. However over the summer, the crime-drama has made headlines with the departure of A.J. Cook and demotion of Paget Brewster.
I had the opportunity to talk to Criminal Minds Executive Producer Ed Bernero about the new season. What’s in store for season six? Here’s what he had to say.
Note: Any questions asked specifically about A.J. Cook and Paget Brewster were passed, as they’ve already been addressed.
Adam: Criminal Minds is returning for its sixth season on September 22nd. That’s pretty impressive for a crime-drama, especially with ratings still going strong. How do guys you keep things fresh after this long?
Ed: Our main subject matter is serial crime and there is (unfortunately) a fairly bottomless pit of source material. That said, all of us on the show, both in front of and behind the camera, continually challenge each other to be fresh and a little different with every story. To stretch ourselves creatively and not just rely on the scary bad guys/girls. We really believe every episode should be a mini-movie experience for the audience.
Adam: The great thing about Criminal Minds is that it has bounced-back from a cast-member departing. Mandy Patinkin left the series, and later was replaced by Joe Mantegna. Thankfully the audience welcomed Joe to the series to great response. What do you credit this to, the show bouncing back after a major departure? Not any show can do that.
Ed: Well, first of all, if it’s going to happen to a show, they couldn’t do any better than Joe stepping in. He’s been amazing addition for the audience as well us everyone at the show. Secondly, it all goes back to stories. If the rest of the cast is talented (as ours definitely is), and the stories are compelling, I think cast changes, as disruptive as they are, can eventually be absorbed by the audience.
Adam: Can we expect a new cast-member to be added sometime this season?
Ed: Yes. In the 6th season of any show, but especially a police show, the 6th season poses challenges in staying fresh. One of the reasons is you’ve basically explored a lot of interaction between the members of the team and you really need a fresh face to bounce everyone off of. Sort of like a new hub for all the characters to react to. We’re in the process now of trying to conceive a new fit for the team. They’ll have to be a character that strikes different chords than the team we have, so working on it has been fun (and challenging).
Adam: During season five, there was two major storylines. The first was Aaron Hotchner?s downward spiral after the death of a loved-one. I have to say Thomas Gibson really raised his game last season. Can we expect more of that in season six?
Ed: We are theming this season “Secrets”. We’ve devised a secret that each of our characters has that no one knows about. Some of them are kind of fun, some of them pretty serious. The sharing (or not) of those secrets will affect the team in some surprising ways.
Adam: Last season we also saw Derek Morgan step-in as the leader of the team while Hotcher was out. But when he returned, Morgan stepped back down. Do you think Morgan will have another shot as the boss in the future? He seemed a natural for it.
Ed: Morgan is a tremendously important character for the show. I agree that he was great in that role (as team leader) but we also really missed him kicking in doors and whipping butt on the bad guys. I think, for now, he’s going to stay that guy for us.
Adam: Penelope Garcia (played by Kirsten Vangsness) is an audience favorite, so it was so good to hear that she will be appearing on both Criminal Minds and the new spinoff Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior (premiering in midseason). First off, how did that decision come about? And with Vangsness pulling double-duty, that doesn’t mean be seeing less of her on the original, does it?
Ed: The notion of ‘Garcia’ doing both shows was thought of pretty early in the process. She’s such a fun character and a breath of air when you see her amidst all the grim facts of our stories. And, no, you won’t see less of her on CM, which is also one of the reasons she was able to do both.
Adam: Criminal Minds has welcomed some great guest-stars. Can you tell us about the line-up planned for Season Six?
Ed: Well, we’ve only shot three episodes so far but we’ve already had Tim Curry, Gil Bellows and Daniel J. Travanti join our family. We’re also looking at potentially bringing an American Idol on (in a surprisingly naughty role) as well as a HUGE country singer.
Adam: From the previous five seasons, what have been your favorite guest-stars / serial killers?
Ed: Favorite? We’ve loved working with everyone we’ve worked with. That’s like asking me to choose between my kids! Seriously, we’ve been very fortunate that there are a lot of exceptionally talented people who want to come and be real bad guys/girls for us.
Adam: What else can you tell me about season six? Is there one character especially highlighted this season?
Ed: No. I don’t think so. As I said, the secrets will have varying degrees of impact but we aren’t going into the season planning on focussing on anyone more than the others.
Adam: Finally, I ask this to all my interviewees. What have you been watching on TV lately?
Ed: Hmmm… I actually try to watch a little bit of everything. There is some exceptional work being done on television and I’m proud of everyone working in it today.
I want to thank Ed for taking time from production to talk with me. You can watch the sixth season premiere of Criminal Minds on CBS and CTV on September 22nd.
Criminal Minds & 12th annual Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters: Joe Mantegna, who plays David Rossi in the CBS series "Criminal Minds," returned to the pageant gala with family and friends. He has attended the gala for the past few years, and served as host for the event in 2004.
"I really look forward to it every year," he said. "It's really a special event. It's a way to signal the end of the summer, there's wonderful music every time I come. Laguna is a special jewel of Southern California."
Other celebrity guests included Marg Helgenberger ("CSI"), Joseph Mascolo ("Days of Our Lives"), Drew Tyler Bell ("The Bold and the Beautiful"), A.J. Cook ("Criminal Minds"), Sarah Drew ("Grey's Anatomy"), Kate Linder ("The Young and the Restless"), Donna Mills ("Knots Landing"), Matthew Gray Gubler ("Criminal Minds"), Lydia Cornell ("Too Close for Comfort") and Vicki Gunvalson ("The Real Housewives of Orange County").
"The show is mind blowing," said Gubler, who recently turned 30. "It's so hard to describe something like this." Gubler had a role in the film, "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou," and described the experience of working with Bill Murray as "a dream come true."
Rest of article here :http://www.ocregister.com/entertainment/gala-264171-laguna-pageant.html
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Criminal Minds: "100" - The BAU team races to help Hotchner find The Reaper and save his family before it's too late, on a rebroadcast of CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Sept. 1 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. C. Thomas Howell ("The Outsiders") returns as The Reaper. D.B. Sweeney ("Jericho") also returns as US Marshall Kassmeyer. (Originally broadcast 11/25/09)
Friday, August 27, 2010
Criminal Minds: Ed Bernero, Exec. Producer of Criminal Minds, is celebrating his birthday Sunday. Please join with me and the Criminal Minds Fanatic moderators in wishing Ed a very Happy Birthday!
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
CRIMINAL MINDS: THE BAU TEAM CLOSES IN ON THE SERIAL KILLER AS HE CONTINUES HIS MURDER SPREE -- WITH DETECTIVE SPICER'S KIDNAPPED DAUGHTER AS HIS HOSTAGE -- IN THE CONCLUSION OF LAST SEASON'S CLIFFHANGER, ON THE SIXTH SEASON PREMIERE OF "CRIMINAL MINDS," WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 22
Tim Curry ("The Rocky Horror Picture Show") Returns as Serial Killer Billy Flynn
Robert Davi ("Profiler") Returns as Detective Adam Kurzbard
"The Longest Night" - The BAU team closes in on the serial killer as he continues his murder spree throughout Los Angeles - with Detective Spicer's kidnapped daughter as his hostage - in the conclusion of last season's cliffhanger, on the sixth season premiere of CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Sept. 22 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Tim Curry ("The Rocky Horror Picture Show") returns as serial killer Billy Flynn and Robert Davi ("Profiler") reprises his role as Detective Adam Kurzbard.
David Rossi............................. Joe Mantegna
Aaron Hotchner....................... Thomas Gibson
Emily Prentiss........................ Paget Brewster
Derek Morgan.......................... Shemar Moore
Dr. Spencer Reid........... Matthew Gray Gubler
Jennifer Jareau............................ A.J. Cook
Penelope Garcia.................. Kirsten Vangsness
Billy Flynn................................. Tim Curry
Detective Adam Kurzbard............. Robert Davi
Kristin................................ Austin Highsmith
Ellie Spicer............................ Isabella Murad
Larry Simmons...................... Joseph A. Garcia
Annette Simmons........................... Susan Papa
Detective Stansfield...........Ronald William Lawrence
Paramedic One........................... Zenja Dunnm
Paramedic Two..................... Randolph Adams
Police Captain........................... Joe Gandurski
Tire Changer................................. Matt Taylor
Paul Farraday........................... Jim Wisniewski
Joshua Farraday........................ Grant Venable
Nora Flynn.............................. Michelle Josette
Young Flynn.......................... Stone Eisenmann
Uniformed Sergeant................... Donald Agnelli
WRITTEN BY: Executive Producer Edward Allen Bernero
DIRECTED BY: Executive Producer Edward Allen Bernero
Criminal Minds: "The Longest Night" -- Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler) and the rest of the BAU team continue to hunt the serial killer on the loose in Los Angeles in the conclusion of last season's cliffhanger, on the sixth season premiere of CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Sept. 22 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Photo: Ron P. Jaffe/CBS ©2010 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Criminal Minds: "The Longest Night" -- Detective Kurzbard (Robert Davi, left), Rossi (Joe Mantegna, center) and Prentiss (Paget Brewster, right) are on the hunt the serial killer still on the loose in Los Angeles, now with Detective Spicer's daughter as a hostage, in the conclusion of last seasonÕs cliffhanger, on the sixth season premiere of CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Sept. 22 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Photo: Ron P. Jaffe/CBS ©2010 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Criminal Minds: "The Longest Night" -- Rossi (Joe Mantegna) and the rest of the BAU team continue to hunt the serial killer on the loose in Los Angeles in the conclusion of last season's cliffhanger, on the sixth season premiere of CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Sept. 22 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Photo: Ron P. Jaffe/CBS ©2010 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Criminal Minds: "The Longest Night" -- Prentiss (Paget Brewster) checks on a victim as she and the rest of the BAU team continue to hunt the serial killer on the loose in Los Angeles in the conclusion of last season's cliffhanger, on the sixth season premiere of CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Sept. 22 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Photo: Ron P. Jaffe/CBS ©2010 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Friday, August 20, 2010
Criminal Minds: Our latest round of auctions ended today but new items will be listed every few days. Today we listed golf items that were used by Joe Mantegna in the SAG charity tournament he recently participated in. Thank you to Joe for helping us raise money for the American Cancer Society!
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Criminal Minds is once again adding a family member. Amanda, Jason, Miles Alexander and Chicago Koiter are expecting a baby mid February. Congrats to them and to Ed and Barbara Bernero on their future second grandchild.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Criminal Minds: Actor Joe Mantegna attends the First annual Screen Actors Guild Foundation's Golf Classic benefit at the Lakeside Golf Club on August 16, 2010 in Burbank, California.
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Criminal Minds: Paget Brewster attended the Suicide Girls "Ink n' Undies" lingerie fashion show at Ecco on August 14, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.
Suicide Girls is a contemporary lifestyle brand. Combining the DIY attitude of underground culture with a vibrant, sex positive community of women (and men), the company was founded on the belief that creativity, personality and intelligence are not incompatible with sexy, compelling entertainment, and millions of people agree. The Suicide Girls website mixes the smarts, enthusiasm and DIY attitude of the best music and alternative culture sites with an unapologetic, grassroots approach to sexuality.
Friday, August 13, 2010
Criminal Minds: I am pleased to abbounce that we have started posting new auction items on ebay for the benefit of the American Cancer Society. Thank you to the actors for either already sending items or agreeing to send them soon. Thanks also to Ed Bernero who will be sending items shortly. We will be listing new items every few days.
Monday, August 09, 2010
Criminal Minds: From TV Guide (posted WITH their permission) Hill Street Blues star Daniel J. Travanti is headed to the other side of the law: The Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actor will guest-star as a serial killer in upcoming episode of Criminal Minds, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.
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Travanti will play Mr. Mullens, a crotchety 75-year-old whose brutal murders 20 years ago earned him the nickname "The Butcher." Now suffering from Alzheimer's and depending on the live-in care of his adult son, Mullens crosses paths with Hotch (Thomas Gibson) and the rest of the Behavioral Analysis Unit when he comes out of retirement in a desperate attempt to reprise his violent past — a past he can no longer remember.
Travanti, 70, is best known for playing the intense, somber Capt. Frank Furillo on Hill Street Blues, a role for which he earned two Emmys and Golden Globe. He also starred on ABC's short-lived Missing Persons in the early '90s and more recently guest-starred as President Richard Mills on Fox's Prison Break.
Criminal Minds returns Wednesday, Sept. 22 at 9/8c on CBS. Travanti will appear in the season's fourth episode, "Remembrance of Things Past," which is slated to air in October.
Criminal Minds: "Outfoxed" - While tracking a family annihilator, the BAU must seek advice from "The Fox," one of the most horrific killers from the team's past who has an ominous message for Agent Hotchner, on a rebroadcast of CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Aug. 25 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Originally broadcast 11/18/09)
Sunday, August 08, 2010
Saturday, August 07, 2010
Friday, August 06, 2010
Criminal Minds: Paget Brewster to appear in upcoming series.
THE HUB TAPS POPULAR TALENT FOR UPCOMING ORIGINAL SERIES
Roster Includes: Betty White, Eric McCormack, Bailee Madisen, Lauren Holly, Kyle Chandler, Peter Cullen, Dave Foley, Meredith Baxter, Michael Gross, Paget Brewster, Renee Auberjonois, Curtis Armstrong, Lee Majors
LOS ANGELES, Ca. -- Approaching its October 10 (10-10-10) launch, the new children's and family network The Hub has tapped an impressive roster of popular stars for its lineup of Hub Original Series. The casting for animated and live-action series was announced today by Margaret Loesch, President and CEO, The Hub, during the new network's appearance at the 2010 Television Critics Association Press Tour in Los Angeles.
The Hub is a joint venture of Discovery Communications and Hasbro, Inc., and will be available to 60 million U.S. cable and satellite households upon launch.
Casting unveiled today includes:
"Dan Vs." (Hub Original Series, animated) Cast includes: Curtis Armstrong ("Revenge of the Nerds"), Dave Foley ("The Kids in the Hall"), Paget Brewster("Criminal Minds"), Meredith Baxter ("Family Ties") and Michael Gross ("Family Ties"),. Produced by Film Roman LLC.
"Family Game Night" (Hub Original Series, live-action) Host: Todd Newton ("Hollywood Showdown" and "Whammy"). Produced by Hasbro Studios and Zoo Productions.
"G.I. Joe Renegades" (Hub Original Series, animated) Cast includes: Charlie Adler ("Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen"), Lee Majors ("Six Million Dollar Man"), Clancy Brown ("Shawshank Redemption"), Jason Marsden ("Batman: The Brave and the Bold"), Johnny Messner ("Tears of the Sun") and Kevin Michael Richardson ("The Batman") Produced by Hasbro Studios.
"My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" (Hub Original Series, animated) Cast includes: Tara Strong ("Powerpuff Girls" and "King of the Hill"). Produced by Hasbro Studios.
"Pictureka!" (Hub Original Series, live-action) Host: Cory Almeida (DJ for "American Idol," "So You Think You Can Dance," "Dancing With The Stars," and "America's Got Talent"). Produced by Hasbro Studios.
"Pound Puppies" (Hub Original Series, animated) Cast includes: Betty White ("Hot in Cleveland"), Eric McCormack ("Will & Grace"), Michael Rapaport ("Prison Break"), John DiMaggio ("Futurama"), Alanna Ubach ("Hung"), Rene Auberjonois ("Boston Legal") and Yvette Nicole Brown ("Community"). Produced by Hasbro Studios.
"R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour" (Hub Original Series, live-action) Cast includes: Bailee Madison ("Bridges to Terebithia"). Produced by The Hatchery, LLC.
"The Adventures of Chuck and Friends" (Hub Original Series, animated) Cast includes: Lauren Holly ("NCIS"). Produced by Hasbro Studios.
"Transformers Prime" (Hub Original Series, animated) Cast includes: Peter Cullen ("Transformers" Trilogy -- Optimus Prime), Frank Welker ("Transformers" Trilogy - Megatron), Gina Torres ("MadTV"), James Remer ("Dexter"), Josh Keaton ("Justice League: Circle of Two Earths"), Kevin Michael Richardson ("The Batman"), Markie Post ("The Fall Guy"). Produced by Hasbro Studios.
About The Hub: The Hub, a multi-platform joint venture between Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) and Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE: HAS), will entertain, enlighten, empower and educate children and their families. The cable and satellite television network will feature original programming as well as content from Discovery's library of award-winning children's educational programming; from Hasbro's rich portfolio of entertainment and educational properties built during the past 90 years; and from leading third-party producers worldwide. cptfc The Hub lineup will include animated and live-action series, specials and game shows, and the network will extend its content through a robust and engaging online presence. The Hub will launch October 10, 2010 (10-10-10) reaching approximately 60 million U.S. households on what is currently Discovery Kids channel. The online home of The Hub is www.hubworld.com. The Hub logo and name are trademarks of Hub Television Networks, LLC. All rights
Criminal Minds Chat Room News: Joe Wilson, John Colella and Reamy Hall will be our guests in the Criminal Minds Fanatic chat room on Sunday, August 15th at 3pm est to discuss VAMPIRE MOB which also stars Kirsten Vangsness. This chat will not be moderated but please email the Criminal Minds moderators for the password to the chat room. http://www.vampiremob.com/
Criminal Minds: "The Internet Is Forever" - The BAU team profiles a serial killer who uses the Internet as his hunting ground, bringing a whole meaning to the term "social networking," on a rebroadcast of CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Aug. 11 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Originally broadcast 5/19/10; previously scheduled for a later date)
Thursday, August 05, 2010
Criminal Minds: Today is AJ Cook's last day working on Criminal Minds. A horrible day for all the fans of Criminal Minds. Thank you AJ for your wonderful performances these past five seasons and the wonderful energy you have shared with the fans. You are a class act and we all hope that you know that we will be behind you rooting for you with all your future projects. You will be sorely missed on Criminal Minds and you are irreplaceable. Thank you for entertaining us the past five seasons. All our best wishes, love and hugs!
Wednesday, August 04, 2010
Criminal Minds: Ed Bernero, The executive producer of Criminal Minds has revealed the theme for the new season.
Ed Bernero explained that future episodes will be focused on secrets.
“We will learn that every member of the team has a secret that they try to keep from the others,” he said.
“In some cases, they’re successful. In other cases, it threatens the trust and fabric of the group.”
Criminal Minds returns on September 22 on CBS.
Tuesday, August 03, 2010
Photo: Sonja Flemming/CBS ©2009 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Criminal Minds: "Nameless, Faceless" - Hotch's unexplained absence quickly becomes apparent when the team is called back together to profile a killer who is targeting an emergency room doctor, on a rebroadcast of the fifth season premiere of CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Aug. 18 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Originally broadcast 9/23/09)
Criminal Minds: "Exit Wounds" - Garcia plays a crucial role in a case when she travels to Alaska with the BAU team to investigate the murders of several members of a small town, on a rebroadcast of CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Aug. 4 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Originally broadcast 5/12/10; previously scheduled for a later date)
Monday, August 02, 2010
Criminal Minds: Paget Brewster, Emily Prentiss on Criminal Minds, hosts charity benefit.
-Fifteen years later, UnderShare is still going strong due to that same volunteer enthusiasm. On August 14, the organization will throw another fashion show and silent auction. This one hosted by Paget Brewster, will welcome members of the Hollywood community, including celebrity attendees like the Suicide Girls, DB Sweeney, Kristanna Loken and many others. The event hopes to raise money to do more good in the Los Angeles area, in part through its silent auction, which features an original piece of art by Katey Darling made in part by underwear.
Criminal Minds star Kirsten Vangsness in the second episode of "Vampire Mob." For all the latest news about "Vampire Mob" check their website: www.VampireMob.com
Sunday, August 01, 2010
Criminal Minds: Kirsten Vangsness, Penelope Garcia on Criminal Minds and the Criminal Minds spin attended the 2010 CBS Summer Press Tour Party at The Tent on July 28, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California. Kirsten now has two shows to promote. Congrats on the dual gig.