Friday, April 29, 2011


Criminal Minds: Joe Mantegna, David Rossi on Criminal Minds, attended event honoring him with the 2,438th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Well deserved!!


Criminal Minds: Great Matthew Gray Gubler, Dr. Spencer Reid on Criminal Minds, interview:

TNH: First of all, are you aware that you are actually the nicest person in existence?
MGG: Oh, no. Thank you for saying that, though.
TNH: Most people wouldn't wait around for two hours to meet 600 or 700 college kids.
MGG: If they're waiting, I'm waiting. I would demand on out-waiting anybody.
TNH: You said that this is your first time doing anything on stage; is that true?
MGG: Somewhat true. I mean, it's my first time doing like, an evening of anything. I've been in plays in high school and stuff like that, but I've always wanted to sort of self-generate. I'm jealous of my friends like Steve that are in bands, and they're like, "We make something and then we go out and perform it!" As an actor, you're kind of trapped in this world of, "Oh, someone writes something and if I'm lucky I get put in it and I go out and I say those words." I've always had this dream of being able to do something like that. It's hard for an actor, so this was like an absolute, wonderful, dream-come-true and a great opportunity.
TNH: What made you decide on UNH?
MGG: They called and asked! My agent called and was like, "Do you want to do some public spea—" and I was like, "Yup!" And he's like, "You didn't let us finish." And I said, "No, that's great." I got to do this thing for this filmmaker, John Waters, where he had me introduce him at this comedy event that he was doing and that sort of went really well, and I was like, "Oh, I'm so jealous." He does like an hour-long show, sort of similar to this, and I was like, "Oh, what a cool guy," and then two days later, they called. UNH called and it was like, "Oh my gosh! They read my mind."
TNH: How did you go about coming up with material to present at something like this?
MGG: Thanks, you know, I don't know! I like challenges and basically, I said yes not knowing what I was gonna do and then I sort of started thinking about it. I just went through my life and kind of thought of some interesting stories that I thought might relate. And then the sort of nunchuck thing popped in there and then I got the idea to do the nunchuck thing. Then I was like, well I love telling ghost stories, but I've always been nervous to do it in big groups because I wasn't sure how it would translate. Ghost stories are so good when there's like six people. Can you do it with— so part of it was like an experiment to see, and I think it went pretty well. It's hard to say.
TNH: What was the general reaction that you got from people you met after the show?
MGG: I think they loved it, unless they were lying. They were very good liars if they were.
TNH: How did you come up with the pajama party thing? Where did that come from?
MGG: You know, that was sort of built out of— I love slumber parties and I love fun and it kind of, to me, in a weird way, was a way to deal with the fear of like "I'm doing some speaking" and it was called a "lecture." I'm like, "Oh, damn, a lecture? I'm not qualified to lecture. What am I qualified to do? I'm qualified to have a pajama party." I'm also really big into performance art, if that makes any sense, and like Andy Kaufman, and I thought "College kids don't want to go to a damn lecture. College kids, what do they want to do? Pajama party!" It was a fun way to make it more of a party and less of a talk. Talks are boring.

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Thursday, April 28, 2011



A.J. Cook Returns as Jennifer "JJ" Jareau
Nicholas Brendon ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer") Returns as Garcia's Boyfriend, Kevin Lynch, Amy Price-Francis ("24") Guest Stars as SSA Andi Swan, Head of the Domestic Trafficking Task Force

"Supply & Demand" - The bodies of two missing persons are found in a car trunk, and the BAU suspects that an interstate human trafficking ring is at work. Also, Hotch warns the team of possible changes, and they are surprised when a beloved team member returns, on the sixth season finale of CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, May 18 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. A.J. Cook returns as Jennifer "JJ" Jareau. Nicholas Brendon ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer") returns as Garcia's boyfriend, Kevin Lynch. Amy Price-Francis ("24") guest stars as SSA Andi Swan, head of the Domestic Trafficking Task Force, who assists the BAU on the case.

David Rossi................................ Joe Mantegna
Aaron Hotchner....................... Thomas Gibson
Derek Morgan.......................... Shemar Moore
Dr. Spencer Reid........... Matthew Gray Gubler
Penelope Garcia.................. Kirsten Vangsness
Ashley Seaver........................... Rachel Nichols

Jennifer "JJ" Jareau.......................... A.J. Cook
Kevin Lynch......................... Nicholas Brendon
Kyle.............................................. Matt Baker
Lamott....................................... Sean Carrigan
Campbell....................................... Forry Smith
Renee............................................ Sarah Foret
Max............................................. Max Decker
Leon............................................ Massi Furlan
SSA Andi Swan.................. Amy Price-Francis
The Cleaner................................. Gary Kasper
Dr. Sherman.................................. Jan Munroe
Billy....................................... Christopher Illing
Lucy....................................... Angela Sarafyan

WRITTEN BY: Executive Producer Erica Messer
DIRECTED BY: Executive Producer Charles S. Carroll

Wednesday, April 27, 2011


Criminal Minds star Kirsten Vangsness wants to share some really exciting news with us! -

At long last here we are.
I thought it would be fun to share these with the CM fans because I have an amazing job because y'all watch the tv when the show I'm on is on and as a result of my amazing job I have more resources to create stuff and for that I am ETERNALLY APPRECIATIVE.

SO. Last year a group of us at Theatre of NOTE did a film noir spoof play called "Kill Me, Deadly" . It was a big hit, I was lucky enough to have very understanding bosses at Criminal Minds as well as a crazy talented understudy at NOTE so I was able to be in it while we were shooting CM and every one of my CM cast mates came to my artistic home to watch it (Shemar came 3 times because he loves me and Theatre of NOTE like that).When the show closed 8 of us including 6 actors from the play, the writer and the producer (in small theatre the producer is not the one with the money, he's just the guy doing a lot of grunt work for free) decided to make a movie of "Kill Me Deadly". Our intention was to make a movie using the same DIY spirit and sense of community that we had while doing the play and so we started our journey with all 8 of us as producers (in the grunt work sense, plus the happy addition of me having a fancy day job)

I am DELIGHTED to report that as of this email typing we have done just that, however, since it's a complicated endeavour to be a group of theatre rapscallions making a film by our own rules we are filming this film in bite sized pieces. Thus far we have exactly one "bite" done. It's a 17 minute bite of our film (some would call it a short film) and I can tell you it is delicious. And yes, it's delish because it's hilarious, and Shemar Moore, dear patron of the arts and honorary NOTE member that he is, has a cameo which he is brilliant in (did you know btw he can make his eyes twinkle on CUE?!?), it's also amazing because the actual FILMING of it was happy, cooperation magic and kept completely in line with what we had dreamed of. We built the dolly for the camera ourselves, one of the actors in the film was the director of photography, the writer was the director, we did the catering ourselves, the make-up ourselves, we filmed at a restaurant a few steps from Theatre of NOTE, the music was written by Theatre of NOTE family and EVERY actor, whether you had no lines or a million got paid (75 bucks, across the board).

A month ago when our 17 minute short was done me and my fellow producers had two screenings- one screening was like a party and we all dressed in 1940's outfits and it was at night and there was adult beverages and snacks (that's when Rachel, Matthew, AJ, and Shemar first saw it) one screening we did at lunch hour one day at work (that's when Joe and Thomas saw it:) because we wanted to have the whole cm family be a part of it. Both were spectacular and heart warming and filled with a great many belly laughs.

Now that CM is on hiatus we are continuing to shoot more pages of the film. It's far from done and it may take a bit but that's okay because we are making it exactly how it should be made and sometimes that takes a bit. I want to include you from the very beginning of it and I will continue to reach out and share news. I will start with these pictures, some are stills from the movie and some are from the screening. I hope you enjoy them.

Thank you guys so much for unending support and love. I can always feel it and I send it right back to you. My love smells like cookies and/or wet sidewalk so when you smell that, it's my love.



Criminal Minds: Please use this thread to discuss the sixth season of Criminal Minds. Please be respectful to each other. Remember we are all Criminal Minds fans. :)

Tuesday, April 26, 2011


Dear CM Fanatics --

Season six is a wrap! There isn't a better time to say THANK YOU for your support this year. it was a challenging one, as you all know, and we're very excited to move into another season of stories with the heroes we know and love.

I'll be checking in this summer and filling you in on news as it happens. Hopefully it's all good!

We're looking forward to more chats between fans and writers next year and will be sure to post behind-the-scenes photos too!

Take care and thank you again.

Erica Messer


Criminal Minds: Matthew Gray Gubler, Dr. Spencer Reid on Criminal Minds, attended the premiere of "Magic Valley" during the 10th annual Tribeca Film Festival at Clearview Cinemas Chelsea on April 23, 2011 in New York City.


Criminal Minds: Joe Mantegna attends actor James Caan's Golf Tournament at El Caballero Country Club on April 25, 2011 in Tarzana, California.

Monday, April 25, 2011


Criminal Minds: The beautiful Mia Mantegna interviews her dad about Autism Awareness Month and Inclusion News.


Criminal Minds: TV Guide article reprinted WITH permission from TV Guide!

On CBS' Criminal Minds, FBI agent Jennifer "JJ" Jareau (A.J. Cook) doesn't always see the victims in her cases get happy endings. But in real life, she seems to have found one. After being let go from the show at the end of last season, reportedly as a cost-cutting measure, Cook just signed a deal to return to the series. She talked with TV Guide Magazine about her comeback.

TV Guide Magazine: When did you find out you were coming back?
Cook: We made the deal [April 15], but there have been whisperings for a while. The whole thing was so surreal, from being let go to getting asked to come back for two episodes, and then coming back again to do [co-star Paget Brewster's] last episode. I keep trying to have closure on this, but it keeps sneaking back in my life.

TV Guide Magazine: What was your first reaction when you learned you wouldn't be a regular anymore?
Cook: I had no idea it was coming. None of us did. I'd be lying if I said it didn't hurt my feelings, but I chose to be me through the whole thing. And that's lead me back to where I started, but in a completely different way.

TV Guide Magazine: How long did it take to get over the shock of being let go?
Cook: It felt like a breakup with a guy. It happened out of nowhere. And it was an "It's not you, it's me" sort of thing. You think, "What did I do?" It's been a rollercoaster ride, but I just had to put one foot forward and keep moving.

TV Guide Magazine: Do you think your fans are at least partially responsible for getting you back?
Cook: Their outpouring of support really blew me away. That's definitely the silver lining to being let go. The fans really let me know how they felt, and I guess they really let CBS know too.

TV Guide Magazine: What have you learned from this experience?
Cook: It's opened my eyes to the industry, and that had to happen, really. I'm just this sweet little Canadian girl, and this was a nice wakeup call. In this business, you have to be on your toes, ready for anything. That's a valuable lesson.

TV Guide Magazine: When do you get back to work?
Cook: I'm going back to do a little bit in the season finale. Then I'll be back full-time for Season 7. The finale will set up the new JJ.

TV Guide Magazine: What's the difference between the old JJ and the new one?
Cook: The new JJ is more serious and mature. She'll come back learner and meaner and ready to hit it hard. But don't worry....she still has heart.

TV Guide Magazine: How does it feel to be back?
Cook: I've been getting texts from the cast, and someone just sent me a picture of my name being painted back on my parking spot. It stirred up crazy emotion inside of me, and I thought, "Wow! It's happening, this is a go!"

Friday, April 22, 2011


Criminal Minds: A.J. Cook rehired for 'Criminal Minds' by T. L. Stanley:

CBS made a bold move last summer to shake up its FBI-based hit “Criminal Minds,” ditching two popular actresses from the cast even though the ratings were strong and the characters were well-liked.

Now the network has taken an equally surprising step by rehiring one of the actresses, A.J. Cook, and potentially bringing back the other, Paget Brewster. As part of her new deal, Cook, who plays Jennifer “J.J.” Jareau, will appear on the criminal profiling series' May finale before rejoining as a full-time cast member in the fall. (She tweeted about the new deal earlier this month.)

Brewster, who since leaving the show found a starring role in a comedy pilot, may head back to “Criminal Minds” if her new show doesn't make NBC's next season schedule.

CBS executives, who launched “Criminal Minds” in 2005 and its spinoff, “Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior” this spring, were trying to keep the flagship series vibrant while it was still on top and thought mixing up the ensemble would do it, sources close to the production said.

Instead of waiting for the show to potentially fall from favor, as many longtime dramas have done, the network was making a preemptive strike, the sources said.

As it turns out, the most revolutionary change the network will make is to try to put the cast back the way it was before. “Criminal Minds” has consistently pulled in about 13.5 million viewers this season, beating all its network competition save for “American Idol.”

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Criminal Minds press release for "Big Sea":

"Big Sea" - The BAU is Florida-bound to investigate bodies discovered buried in the ocean floor off Jacksonville, but the case rattles Morgan when his aunt suspects that her missing daughter is one of the victims, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, May 11 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Denise Dowse ("The Guardian," "Beverly Hills, 90210") guest stars as Morgan's aunt, Yvonne Burns.

David Rossi............................ Joe Mantegna
Aaron Hotchner....................... Thomas Gibson
Derek Morgan.......................... Shemar Moore
Dr. Spencer Reid........... Matthew Gray Gubler
Penelope Garcia.................. Kirsten Vangsness
Ashley Seaver........................ Rachel Nichols

Blake Wells.............................. Karl Makinen
Detective Jarrett Foreman........... Bruce Nozick
Yvonne Burns............................ Denise Dowse
Andre Hutchins....................... Hassan Manning
Louise Jones................. Mary Thornton Brown
Gary Rhymer................................. Ben Parrillo
James Rhymer................................ Cody Klop
Captain Dan Martin...................... John Marzilli
Jane....................................... Holly Hawkins
Paul............................................. Ruben Pla
Bart.......................................... Evans Forde
Pump Operator.......................... Stacey Hinnen

WRITTEN BY: Jim Clemente & Breen Frazier
DIRECTED BY: Glenn Kershaw


Criminal Minds: "Big Sea" -- Rossi (Joe Mantegna, right) talks to two workers from an offshore derrick after bodies are discovered buried in the ocean floor off Jacksonville, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, May 11 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Photo: Matt Kennedy/ABC Studios ©2011 ABC Studios. All Right Reserved.


Criminal Minds: "Big Sea" -- Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler) examines evidence when the BAU investigate bodies discovered buried in the ocean floor off Jacksonville, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, May 11 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Photo: Matt Kennedy/ABC Studios ©2011 ABC Studios. All Right Reserved.


Criminal Minds: "Big Sea" -- Morgan (Shemar Moore) helps the BAU investigate bodies discovered buried in the ocean floor off Jacksonville, but the case rattles him when his aunt suspects her missing daughter is one of the victims, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, May 11 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Photo: Matt Kennedy/ABC Studios ©2011 ABC Studios. All Right Reserved.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011


Criminal Minds: Copyrighted transcript held on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 with Criminal Minds showrunner Erica Messer and the Criminal Minds Fanatic website.

EricaM has joined.

jill: Welcome Erica. We appreciate your being with us this evening. It has been a long time since you’ve been in the Criminal Minds Fan chat room and there is a lot to talk about but before we get started I wanted to give you just a few reminders. If anyone instant messages you please do not answer them and let us know so they can be removed from the chat room as this is one of our rules and also please type ‘done’ when you are finished answering a question. When you are ready let me know and we will begin the chat.

EricaM: Hi Jill and fans! Thanks for having me. Let's get started! done

jill: First let me remind those that aren’t familiar with Erica’s work on Criminal Minds and her previous projects that there are articles here that can bring you up to speed: While it hasn’t been kept up to date it is a great starting point. And now I get to extend my congratulations once more to her for being promoted to showrunner of Criminal Minds.

EricaM: Thanks, Jill. I'm honored to have been with our show from the very beginning and really look forward to having a fresh start with season seven!

EricaM: done

jill: Question: Can you tell everyone what this journey to showrunner has been like for you and your progression through the Criminal Minds ranks.

EricaM: Sure. I've had such an amazing experience on this show and love it like it's one of my own children. My own kids have grown up with this being the only show I've worked on -- which is amazing in this industry.

EricaM: I've also had the privilege of working with some of the most talented writers and storytellers on this series -- past and present -- and of course, the most amazing CAST on television!

EricaM: done!

jill: It would be hard to side step the BIG PINK ELEPHANTS in the room so lets start talking about season six.

Question: Obviously from reading the blog and other sites you are aware that the fans have been less than thrilled this season with the cast changes, some of the writing, etc. Can we have your thoughts about season six.

EricaM: The elephants in the room cannot be ignored. It was a ROUGH season for all of us. Creatively we tried to use the lemons we were given and make them into lemonade -- ie: "JJ" and the Prentiss/Ian Doyle arc

EricaM: As storytellers, we look for the drama. This year, we inherited a lot of that.

EricaM: It's always a challenge to introduce new writers into our world. It's a deceptively difficult show to write because we like to layer in our hero-beats for all of you who have watched our show from the very beginning and deserve to know more about those characters that we all love.

EricaM: Change is hard. Families don't like that... and our team is our family. Everyone was feeling that pain and we tried our best to express that to all of you through our stories.

EricaM: The good news -- actually the GREATEST news -- is that AJ COOK is back and we have that to launch us into an exciting season seven.

EricaM: I want all of our writers to chat with you all again -- it's such an important part of our process to know what you all are thinking and liking or not liking.

EricaM: So look for a bunch of chats this summer and fall! done

jill: Question from fan: JJ was a brilliantly written episode which expressed so many of the feelings that the fans were feeling. You did a great job. How hard was that episode to write given that at time we didn’t know that AJ would be returning?

EricaM: Thank you so much. I was gutted. She's such an amazing woman, actress and huge part of our family on-screen and off. I wrote from the heart and you can't go wrong when you do that. done

jill: Question: Ed Bernero and the actors have partnered for years with us on charity auctions. Will you be continuing that partnership with the fans?

EricaM: Of course! You can count on that. done

jill: Question: Seaver......While she is most likely a lovely actress her character is loathed and panned by every CM website around the globe. Can you share anything about her future with us?

EricaM: Rachel Nichols and Ashley Seaver were welcomed by our team on and off-screen this season. For the fans, this goes to the idea that change is hard and none of us like it. Our team has welcomed her... accepting that she has a unique perspective. It brings a dynamic that didn't exist. And for now, we're exploring all of the options for all of our characters... Sorry I can't be more specific than that. done

jill: Question: We realize you can’t speak for CBS but the entire fandom is in an uproar over Thomas and Shemar not having contracts yet. Thomas chatted with us a few days ago. How in the world could you deal with the loss of two major characters? Fans are irrate at the prospect as I am sure you already know.

EricaM: I have to move forward believing that our two guys are back. Negotiations have given me more gray hairs than ever!!!!

jill: You are too young for gray hairs kiddo

EricaM: I know the process is long, but honestly, the sooner Thomas and Shemar's deals are done, the better I'll sleep. I wish I was too young, Jill You wouldn't recognize me! Breen Frazier thought I got high-lights. I told him it's all gray!

jill: Question: Every showrunner has their own vision for their show. Where do you want to take Criminal Minds and us next season?

EricaM: I think it's about time we're able to really have some character arcs -- all the stuff we as fans and writers LOVE.

EricaM: We don't have our theme yet for next season, but will start up with a new writers room at the end of May

EricaM: I'd love to come back when we start back up to tell you what we're thinking...

EricaM: done

jill: The next question is somewhat of a repeat but was sent to me by a press outlet. If you care to answer it then fine and if not that works for me too.

jill: Question: The CM fans have a close connection to the show and the characters. Once the initial cast changes (Mandy and Lola) occurred the fans became even more protective and enamored of the core group. These actors have interacted with their fans through tweets, web chats and personal contact. As the show has risen in ratings the cast has become even more accessible to the fans

These fans are more like Sci Fi fans than fans of procedurals- they watch each episode and have very definite opinions. When they were told of both Pagets and AJs exits this year it was as if a family member had died.

They are deeply concerned that the central character in the show - Aaron Hotchner played by Thomas Gibson - will not return to the series next season as he has no contract past this season. They do not trust that the network fully understands the importance of the actors - that they are not replaceable and that each character has a function within the family created over the past six years. The loss of any of these cast members will adversely affect the show and the fans but the loss of their team leader would deeply disturb the balance that the fans feel. They want to know that both Thomas and Shemar will be back next season and that the return of AJ and hopefully Paget will restore the show's luster of seasons past - the sixth season, while highly rated, is generally felt to be weak in writing and character development. Ed Bernero is felt to have deserted the show and the fans take that personally. Can you tell us your thoughts on this subject?

EricaM: I don't know why we had to go through these hard changes in season six. I really don't. But inviting AJ and (hopefully) Paget back to our family says everything. They understand this show is not a typical "procedural." That it's about our family fighting the bad guys every week. And when people at that family table change, it's difficult to feel the same. It's not fair to blame Ed for any of this. He loves this show and every SINGLE PERSON on it. That will never change. Done

jill: Question: Are you hiring new writers now and if so what are you looking for? Some of the newbies this year didn't seem to understand the characters? Was it difficult for you to try to clue them in to the spirit of these characters we all love so well?

EricaM: Yes, we're bringing in some new writers with strong, original voices and some amazing pedigree! I've joined a series in season six before and it wasn't easy. There's a shorthand that we all have -- the characters and the writers who've been here from day one -- and it's really really tricky to pick that up.

EricaM: As always, we want to protect our characters as much as possible. The storylines we touched on this year were a tribute to that. Done

Hardkorr: Hi Erica...follow up question

EricaM: Hey Hardkorr

Hardkorr: Would you ever consider re-hiring writers that have previously written for CM and know and love our characters?

EricaM: Most storytellers like to move on -- it's how Simon felt this year and that it's really difficult to ever go back to that place that you once called home. done

jill: Question from fan: I want to know why the new Criminal Minds spin-off can be watched streaming online at but we can't get Criminal Minds. Doesn't it effect their ratings and income (the online shows have their own ads). Are they planning to change it so we can watch Criminal Minds on

EricaM: Very good question. Hmmmm.

EricaM: It's a joint venture, just like our show...

EricaM: I've heard that show needed an extra push that they didn't think our show needed.

EricaM: I'll look into it and get back to you next chat! done

jill: What would you like the fans to know?

EricaM: First of all, we LOVE YOU ALL for sticking by us in this difficult year.

EricaM: There's a new excitement around here -- we want to feel like we did in the early days.

EricaM: That I love this show.

EricaM: I'm protective of it, just like you.

EricaM: Next season promises big things.

EricaM: Can I ask the fans some questions?

jill: Of course

EricaM: Did you like our guest stars?

EricaM: Did you like our guest stars?

jill: Wonderul

wattakitty: they're awesome, well selected

jill: incredible guest actors

jperry13: yes

Hardkorr: feel free to answer

Alison: yes brilliant!

mom_to_2: awesome

d_luna: YES

Daisy: yes

violinvictory: they were fien

Trisha: Yes!

JJFan18: they r great

swon: yes!!

Thn0715: Yes!

Elle313: tes

violinvictory: fine

elfie1989: Yes--they were amazing!!

MissHotchner: awesome - they're great

Sherry_Belle: awesome casting!!

Sierra: yes!

lauren: Kelli Williams was fantastic

sdwally: Yes

cmgal2010: YES!

MaryJ: yes

Kirst: too much focus on the unsub but the actors were good.

Elle313: yes

Krizia: Very much show. Good choices.

SSA_Carpenter: Loved them!

Lobby: Really great !

SSA_Prentiss: Very talented. , especially Tim Curry

JJFan18: all r riveting and bring their own creepy style

keyoudidlastnight: Yes *-* Of course



Cortsmaemae: Yes

Marg: Second the kelli williams love

alicew: like the guest stars, but really like the main cast better

Elit3Mum: awsome guest actors this yr no complaints there

velvet: They were very well cast.

paliepal: great choices

the_celt: No too much focus on them

jill: STOP

BB: LOL yes, AJ was the best guest star ;D

psycheek: Tim Curry brilliant

jill: Do not type when Erica is typing

EricaM: We had a lot of fun with those characters and I was just curious how you liked them. Thanks for the feedback.

EricaM: What was your favorite character arc this season? With our heroes?

jill: AJ's departure

Cora: Emily

SSA_Carpenter: 'Lauren'

jill: because it was so beautifully done

raineinmd: emily

Thn0715: Prentiss/Doyle

Elit3Mum: emily

elfie1989: I love anything with Morgan--especially him and Garcia

JJFan18: AJ's departure for sure

EricaM: thanks jill

sdwally: Emily

Alison: the JJ episode

wattakitty: emily/doyle

SSA_Prentiss: Prentiss/Ian

violinvictory: Reid's headaches, though I wish there was more closure

Cephalophile: Watching the team deal with the aftermath. Subtle but awesome.

mom_to_2: Emily/Doyle scary

swon: AJ and Emily for sure

Angloette: reid and his headaches

SqueePii: reids headaches

SesameSquirrel: Emily

Cortsmaemae: Emily

paliepal: Emily

JJFan18: sad but great and Emily's ep and especially AJ's role in it

reidfanatic: I wanted to find out what was going on with Reid but it was just dropped

morgan: Emily

Sherry_Belle: tie between JJ and Emily

ErinLee: Emily

Carolina: Emily

criminallymindless: Definitely Emily and Doyle!

Jill: I think one of the complaints or rather concerns has been the starting and stopping of storylines. We realize much of this had to do with the cast shake ups but it made the season disconjointed

EricaM: I sat the writing staff down with the actors last week to discuss this exact thing. What we've done right and wrong this past season. We're going to work as a unit next season to make sure we don't drop these storylines... when it's a clear arc like JJ or Prentiss, that's easier to pick up the pieces. But when we lace in ideas and don't have the thematic tie to another episode, we all feel that. done

jill: We know you have a lot of work to get done this evening so we will say welcome back and congrats. We have missed you and we have sooo much confidence in you

EricaM: Thank you so much!

jill: Your passion for the show and your commitment gives us confidence you will fix our show

EricaM: I've missed being in here. Next season I'll be around. No spoilers, unless you really want 'em!

jill: When do you personally start your haitus

jill: ?

EricaM: Jill knows how passionate and committed I am to this show because she's known me from the beginning. Thanks for your support. It means more than you know.

EricaM: Hiatus? What's that?

jill: Good so you will be around?

EricaM: I will be around!

jill: What as fans can we do to help you and the show?

EricaM: Believe in us. Know that we're fighting the good fight down here in the trenches. That we want our show to thrive, not just survive.

EricaM: With your support, it rallies all of us. Cast, crew, writers -- everyone.

jill: Please tell Breen we have really missed him and his chats. He is adored.

EricaM: i'll tell him! We'll all be back next season. You'll get tired of us!

jill: And fair warning I am visiting, if my health allows, In August

EricaM: Wow! That's great!

jill: Take care of our show kiddo!

EricaM: I will! Thanks again, everybody!

EricaM: Goodnight!!

jill: Goodnight

EricaM: Thanks for showing the love! It means so so so much to me!!!!


Tuesday, April 19, 2011


Criminal Minds: Copyrighted transcript held on Sunday, April 17, 2011 with Thomas Gibson and the Criminal Minds Fanatic website.

Thomas_Gibson has joined.

Thomas_Gibson: Hi everybody. done

Thomas_Gibson: see I remember the rules. done

jill: Hi and welcome!

Thomas_Gibson: helloooo! and before I start, I forgot Lauren's birthday yesterday and I wanted to send best birthday wishes...!

jill: Lets start by addressing the BIG PINK ELEPHANT in the room....your contract:
Some fans believe this is a ploy by CBS to gain publicity, some fans think you may not want to come back, and some fans believe that CBS is screwing around with you and want to mobilize an army to save your character. Can you clarify what is happening?

Thomas_Gibson: ok, to address these points: I don't know what CBS is doing or not doing vis a vis publicity, I DEFINITELY want to come back to CM, and to clarify: these negotiations are always a long process and this one is no different. I want to come back, and intend to come back, and I would like the negotiations to go well too. We'll see! done

Hardkorr: We want you back to Thomas. The fandom is hoping this is resolved soon. We want to get a happy tweet that you are back for Season 7 and beyond.

Hardkorr: Sorry Thomas, Jill is having technical difficulties and will be logging back on soon.

Thomas_Gibson: I would also like to say something before we go forward. We as a cast and a family on CM would like to ask our fans to please be more supportive of Rachel Nichols. She is a great person and a terrific actress who has tackled a very challenging situation with professionalism and talent and while we understand the fans being very protective of this show, we also ask that you extend her your support...thank you!

jill: I am back

Thomas_Gibson: shhh everybody, Jill's back! done

jill: LOL

Hardkorr: welcome back jill! LOL Thomas

jill: I am sure Rachel is a nice person but she unfortunately collided with heavy emotions re AJ and Paget.

jill: Fiona: Would u like to see Hotch remarry? If so, any actresses you would like to see cast in the role?

Thomas_Gibson: I think a date would be a good first step! done

jill: Hotch on a date. Would he smile?

Thomas_Gibson: I don't know, Elizabeth Taylor? done. Why would he smile on a date? It's serious business! done

jill: Caroline: What are your plans for hiatus? Books to read? Travel? PS Elizabeth Taylor DIED

Thomas_Gibson: I don't want to see any airports for the hiatus, but my family and I are going to the international TV Festival in Monaco in June...should be fun! And I have a stack of books to read...done And we have to catch that serial killer on Long Island...done

jill: Evelyn R: I won and framed for my den one of your signed 100 scripts. My fav episode. Is it one of yours as well?

Thomas_Gibson: the 100 ep was a great episode to get to work on...challenging and
rewarding as an actor...done

jill: CK: Love your tweets but why shoes?

Thomas_Gibson: somebody asked! and now it's taken on a life of its own! done

jill: Loriana: Do you speak any other languages? Second fav sport after golf?

Thomas_Gibson: my french is mauvais, but that's all I got...still trying to learn italian...and my daughter and I are playing baseball in the backyard these days...and my boys are english premier league fanatics!

jill: Elaine: How many miles did you bike last weekend?

Thomas_Gibson: I only did the 40 mile. I rode with my sister in law, her husband, their 7 year old son, and some friends...and it was windy (especially the last half)...done

jill: Izzy: Why has there been less Hotch this season then any other season? Was that at your request? It has been really disappointing to have less and not more Hotch

Thomas_Gibson: Good question! I've been a little surprised myself... done

jill: BL: Have any of your children expressed an interest in acting and if so would you encourage them or try to talk them out of it?

Thomas_Gibson: Each of my children has had a little taste of performing live...and maybe it's in their wiring, but they each seem to love it...I read a great interview with the Bridges Brothers and they both said that their dad used to take them on sets and let them do little jobs in different departments so they knew what people did and how hard everyone worked...I liked that. My wife and I want them to do whatever makes them happy and fulfilled, and if it's going into this business, they'll know everything I know so that their decision will at least be an informed one... done

jill: When you started in season one did you expect the show would become a top ten show and last this long?

Thomas_Gibson: no idea whatsoever...we just hoped to get a season out of it...! done

jill: Thomas, I am being bombarded with ims asking me what the fans can do to help with your contract negotiations. Is there anything you can think of so we can get involved....writing, CBS, calling, anything? The fans don't feel CBS understands how impt Hotch is to the show.

Thomas_Gibson: I so completely appreciate the support, and all I can ask is that the fans continue to support the show...the show is nothing without that! done

jill: What do watch in what little spare time you have?

Thomas_Gibson: I can't speak for what CBS understands, but they have been very supportive of the show...done

Thomas_Gibson: I watch Colbert, Daily Show, a little golf, and, with my kids, a little Alton Brown and Iron Chef...done

jill: What is the craziest fan experience you have had? And if you say meeting me.......I will sick Morgan on ya

Thomas_Gibson: It didn't happen to me, but Michael J. Fox once told me that a fan ran up to him, threw her arm around him and yelled "Honey, take my pitcher side it!"

jill: From Shirley: Hotch writes with his left hand but shoots with his right hand? Are you right or left handed?

Thomas_Gibson: it...lovely...done

Thomas_Gibson: that's a complicated question...write, eat, tennis, pool, fencing left
handed...everything else, pretty much right...confused I am...done

jill: Erica Messer is chatting tomorrow as the new showrunner of CM. She plans to talk about this season's challenges and the upcoming season. Any ideas for Hotch?

Thomas_Gibson: Hotch needs to deal with a lot of issues, both internally and externally...she and I have plenty to do...done

jill: What is the funniest thing that has happened behind the scenes this season?
Thomas_Gibson: I can't say...but trust me it was funny! done

jill: Famous asks: You recently did publicity tour in NY. Was it fun? We loved watching and reading it and all the blog pics.

Thomas_Gibson: I lived in NY for a long time and I miss it, so I love going back...! It was a great trip, just too short! Saw a great play, had a couple of great meals, and these two Secret Service agents told me that they were fans of the show...that's cool! done

jill: What plays did you see?

Thomas_Gibson: All I had time to see was the Importance of Being Earnest with Brian Bedford and Dana was unbelievable! I was an intern at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival as a young pup and Dana's mother was playing Lady Bracknell in Earnest that summer, so it was especially great to bookend that experience with seeing this production...and ran into Nina Tassler and her husband Jerry there and had a great time! done

jill: Khalid asks: Do you ever speak to the actors who are no longer on the show? Do you think they will ever be guests on the show? Would you like that to happen?

Thomas_Gibson: Haven't really spoken to anyone, but sure it'd be great to have everybody back...Dharma and hector elizondo, and adam arkin...done

jill: Sherry asks: Can you tell us if this season ends in another cliffhanger while we wait to see if you get a new contract like the other season did with the reaper?
Thomas_Gibson: If I tell you I have to kill you...and then myself...done

jill: And if it happens I am personally delivering the zillion emails I will get to Nina's office

jill: Jamie asks: Are you ever surprised by how popular and loved by so many CM fans? You have a huge fan base?

Thomas_Gibson: security is tight on the CBS lot...they won't let me in without a second syndication sale and Charlie Sheen...done

jill: Without Sheen they should have money to spare

Thomas_Gibson: I am surprised. And it's great. The show seems to have all kinds of different fans, and that's great too...done

jill: Well, how many more ?s do you have time for?

Thomas_Gibson: there was a map on the set with pins showing all the places that CM runs, and it was the Strangelove map...done

Thomas_Gibson: a few more would be great! I've got a pot roast in the oven...done

jill: When do you stop shooting for the season? You're cooking it?

Thomas_Gibson: my last day is Monday after Easter...done

Thomas_Gibson: and yes I am cooking...don't sound so surprised...! done

jill: Okay some personal reminders then

Thomas_Gibson: it's a REALLY easy recipe btw...done

jill: When you clean out your all goes into a box to send to me for the ACS

Thomas_Gibson: i'm gonna need a bigger box...but yes, this week! done

jill: Some imms asking me to ask you what you will do if you don't get a new contract?

Thomas_Gibson: get another job! done

jill: Duh....drama or comedy?

Thomas_Gibson: either...winning! done

jill: Lets all hope that doesn't happen because it will be the nail in CM's coffin. On that happy note, we will say thank you, enjoy the pot roast and we hope to see you soon

Thomas_Gibson: let's not jump to any conclusions...and let's not bury anything that's alive and kicking...done

jill: One more ? please.

Thomas_Gibson: And I just want to say thank you to our fantastic fans. We appreciate all your support for this whole cast, crew, writers and production staff. thanks for your love and support and putting a pot roast on my table...done

Thomas_Gibson: sure one more...

jill: dale asks: are you happy that Erica Messer is new showrunner? She has been with the show since the beginning

Thomas_Gibson: oh and Jill, I just want to say thank you for creating and running the
website. The show has a large debt of gratitude to you...done

jill: You are welcome my friend. CM without you is unthinkable. Go eat your potroast

Thomas_Gibson: Erica is a great, great person and writer, and knows and loves the show and everyone on it. She is a fantastic choice to run the show and brings great energy and expertise to the job...done

Thomas_Gibson has left.


Monday, April 18, 2011


Criminal Minds: The chat with Erica Messer has been moved to Wednesday, April 20th at 9pm EST. The password will stay the same and we have extended the deadline for asking for the password till Tuesday at 2pm EST

Sunday, April 17, 2011


Criminal Minds: Erica Messer, the new showrunner for Criminal Minds, will be joining us in the Criminal Minds Fanatic chat room to discuss Criminal Minds on Monday, April 18th at 9pm EST. Please email the Criminal Minds moderators for the password for this chat: AND make sure the subject line reads 'request password for the "Erica Messer Chat"

IMPORTANT: the password for the chat will be sent the day of the chat.


Criminal Mind discussion thread. Discuss Criminal Minds episodes or anything Criminal Minds related but please be respectful of each other. :)

Saturday, April 16, 2011


Criminal Minds: A.J. Cook will be back to "Criminal Minds". After being in talks for a week, the blonde beauty has finally closed a two-year-deal to return to the crime drama series as a regular, so Deadline reports.

Cook will first reprise her role of Jennifer 'JJ' Jareau as a guest star in the series' sixth season finale which is set to air on May 18. The 32-year-old actress will later rejoin the CBS show full-time when it returns in the fall.

Continued here:

Thursday, April 14, 2011


Criminal Minds press release for "Out of the Light" - The BAU is called to a North Carolina mountain town after a woman is found badly injured and another is missing, and they discover that these two are not the only victims, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, May 4 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Jeff Meek ("As the World Turns") guest stars as suspect Robert Bremmer.

David Rossi............................. Joe Mantegna
Aaron Hotchner....................... Thomas Gibson
Derek Morgan.......................... Shemar Moore
Dr. Spencer Reid........... Matthew Gray Gubler
Penelope Garcia.................. Kirsten Vangsness
Ashley Seaver....................... Rachel Nichols

Jack Hotchner............................. Cade Owens
Angela Proctor....................... Amanda Yarosh
Robert Bremmer.............................. Jeff Meek
Rose..................................... Mandy Kowalski
Dr. Boyd.................. Michael Anthony Rawlins
Sheriff Montell............................ John Kapelos
Marcus Talbot............................. Time Winters
Linda Owens.............................. Caitlin Dulany
Don Owens................................. Lennie Loftin
Claire Proctor...................... Melissa Bickerton
Bruce Proctor............................. Bruce Nozick
Marcy Owens............................. Cody Weiant
Nurse...................................... Jennifer Weston
Police Officer............................... Brian Durkin
Henry...................................... Andre Hotchko
Waitress................................... Angie Kibiloski

WRITTEN BY: Roger Hedden
DIRECTED BY: Doug Aarniokoski


Criminal Minds: Thomas Gibson, Aaron Hotchner on Criminal Minds, will be joining us in the Criminal Minds Fanatic chat room to discuss Criminal Minds on Sunday, April 17th at 4pm EST. Please email the Criminal Minds moderators for the password for this chat: AND make sure the subject line reads 'request password for the "Thomas Gibson Chat"

IMPORTANT: the password for the chat will be sent the day of the chat.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


Criminal Minds quotes for "Hanley Waters" starring Joe Mantegna, Thomas Gibson, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Kirsten Vangsness and Rachel Nichol.

"Fire In Your New Shows" -Kaskade Ft Dragonette


Sometimes human places create inhuman monsters - Stephen King.

Every journey into the past is complicated by delusions, false memories, false naming of real events. - Adrienne Rich


Criminal Minds spoiler thread for "The Stranger" starring Joe Mantegna, Thomas Gibson, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Kirsten Vangsness and Rachel Nichol.

**Beware! There will be spoilers in the comments :)


Criminal Minds: Kirsten Vangsness, who stars as Penelope Garcia on both Criminal Minds and Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior is redefining beauty on TV. The actress, though pretty, is a full-figured woman, which is certainly more relatable for most female viewers.

“I’m happy with however people look at that image,” Vangsness acknowledges. “If that makes them feel good I am so happy. I love it when I can do that with an actress and go, ‘I love that.’ That makes me feel good about me. I love that.”

And those quirky looks that Garcia has – from blonde to red back to blonde locks again – as well as those colorful outfits - are pretty much all courtesy of Vangsness, who enjoys a splashy look herself.

“I think that since I made her…with the help of the writers, they’ve let me collaborate constantly,” she insists. “[Executive Producer] Ed [Bernero] has always said ‘If they’re the knights of the roundtable, then Garcia is Merlin.’ You don’t mess with Merlin. If Merlin wants to put a blue streak in her hair, Merlin puts a blue streak in her hair. So, I colored it red and then I got bored with the red. Then I wore a blonde wig one day and I was like, ‘I remember, I like this.’ Then I go back to blonde. I think that’s what makes her a superhero, is unlike Kirsten, when Penelope dyes her hair it doesn’t go through extensive damage and breakage. Penelope just looks awesome because I have a team that makes it look like it’s all great.”

Great audio here:

Tuesday, April 12, 2011


Criminal Minds: "What Happens at Home..." - The BAU searches inside a gated New Mexico community for a killer targeting women, and Hotchner looks to an FBI cadet with a unique past for help with the investigation, on a rebroadcast of CRIMINAL MINDS, on a special night, Saturday, April 30 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Rachel Nichols ("Star Trek," "Alias") guest stars as Agent Ashley Seaver, an FBI cadet with a troubled past who assists with the case. (Originally broadcast 12/8/10)

Criminal Minds: "The Stranger" --Hotchner (Thomas Gibson), Morgan (Shemar Moore) and the BAU hunts a stalker in San Diego who is killing college students, while the team comes under Strauss' scrutiny in the wake of the loss of Prentiss, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, April 13 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Photo: Adam Rose/CBS ©2011 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Wednesday, April 06, 2011


Criminal Minds quotes for "Hanley Waters" starring Joe Mantegna, Thomas Gibson, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Kirsten Vangsness and Rachel Nichol.

Antonio Porchia, "Man when he does not grieve, hardly exists."

There is no music to list for this episode.


Criminal Minds spoiler thread for "Hanley Waters" starring Joe Mantegna, Thomas Gibson, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Kirsten Vangsness and Rachel Nichol.

**Beware! There will be spoilers in the comments :)

Tuesday, April 05, 2011


Criminal Minds: The actor joins the guys in studio to talk about the golf charity his attending and his show Criminal Minds.

Mantegna gets it crackin' and tells us a little bit of his golf game, his Cubbies, and what it's like to be an actor in his 42nd year of being a professional actor.

If you'd like to attend the 8th Annual Celebrity Hack n' Smack, Kerry Daveline Memorial, Celebrity Golf Classic with Joe or get more information on Melanoma research, visit to register.

Listen to this segment.

Photos: Check out the pictures of Joe in studio with P & Money


Criminal Minds: The actors send a message to the people of Japan!

Friday, April 01, 2011

Criminal Minds: Matthew Gray Gubler arriving at the "Source Code" Los Angeles Premiere at ArcLight Cinemas on March 28, 2011 in Hollywood, California.