Tuesday, August 23, 2011


Criminal Minds: It's time to play a little catch-up with San Antonio celebrities. Here goes:
Though I hear Monte Vista resident Thomas Gibson has been spotted picking up groceries at the Olmos Park H-E-B, it took a visit to L.A. for me to get a little one-on-one time with the Criminal Minds star.
He prefers to keep his profile low here, he has said, in order to lead a quiet life with his family: wife Cristina and their three children. At a CBS party, however, he did chat a bit about his new contract and season seven of Criminal Minds, which premieres Sept 21.

Several fans had told me they were on pins and needles until mid-June when Gibson, who has played FBI agent Aaron "Hotch" Hotchner from the beginning, finally negotiated a new contract. He said he's glad, mainly because the cast of Minds is "such a great group of people." As for the new season, Gibson said: "It's going to be great. The show has a new energy and a new outlook."

The first episode will pick up some "unfinished business from last year that needs to be wrapped up," he added.

That unfinished business involves Paget Brewster, whose character, Emily Prentiss, was thought to be dead by most of the BAU team; Hotch and J.J. (A.J. Cook) were the only ones who knew she was alive. They had created the ruse, you see, to throw off a vicious criminal determined to kill her. She returns to feelings of shock and betrayal in the season premiere, however, when other team members realize that J.J. and Hotch had kept such an important secret from them.

Incidentally, Gibson's new contract seems to have netted the actor a nice raise. According to this week's TV Guide, he now earns $120,000 per episode - a solid increase from last year's reported salary of $100,000.