Friday, November 28, 2008


Criminal Minds: Any thoughts about the cast of Criminal Minds? PG and under please! I think this is the best cast of Criminal Minds that we have ever had. They seem to click really well. What do you think?


Criminal Minds Blog Notes: Happy post gobble day to all my Criminal Minds friends!
1. The auction on this blog ends today.
2. The first wave of auctions, which include some Criminal Minds items, ends today on the CMF Tidbits blog and new items will be listed tomorrow.
3. The Criminal Minds Conversation Yahoo group and the Criminal Minds Fanatic website will be holding their next chat on Sunday at 4pm est.
4. The Criminal Minds Fanatic message board will be undergoing a drastic overall over the next few weeks and there may be short periods of time when you can't access the site. Not to worry. Wonderful changes coming there!
5. Answer to those emailing about Andrew Wilder....I will work on it.

Thursday, November 27, 2008


Criminal Minds: I'm working on scheduling several Criminal Minds chats. So far these are the ones that are confirmed:

Breen Frazier, to discuss his episode "52 Pickup" on December 9th at 10pm.

Holly Harold, to discuss her episode "Brothers in Arms" on December 10th at 10pm.

I will post the additional chats as soon as they are confirmed!


Criminal Minds screencaps for "52 Pickup" are courtesy of Keren. Criminal Minds starring Joe Mantegna, Thomas Gibson, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore, A.J. Cook, Matthew Gray Gubler, Kirsten Vangsness and special guest star Meta Golding.


Criminal Minds owned the first spot in the overnight Nielsen ratings for "52 Pickup" written by Breen Frazier and starring Joe Mantegna, Thomas Gibson, Shemar Moore, Paget Brewster, A.J. Cook, Matthew Gray Gubler, Kirsten Vangsness and guest star Meta Golding! Nicely done Breen! You brought the good on your very first Criminal Minds episode!

In the 9 o'clock hour, CBS pushed to first with a 8.5/15 for "Criminal Minds." ABC took second with a 4.1/7 for "Private Practice," just nipping NBC's third place, 4.0/7, with "Deal or Not Deal." A "House" repeat on FOX scored a 3.1/5 for fourth. The new "Stylista" episode did worse than the repeat an hour earlier, only scoring a 0.5/1.,0,6262636.story


Criminal Minds: Cute little article. You remember "Lost"! That's the show Criminal Minds pounded in the ratings. :)

"With Stars wrapping this week ABC will have precious little in the way of bigs ratings earners until LOST rolls out early next year. That leaves CBS' crime solving trifecta CSI, NCIS and Criminal Minds to dominate the scene."

Wednesday, November 26, 2008


Criminal Mind spoiler thread for "52 Pickup" written by Breen Frazier and starring Joe Mantegna, Thomas Gibson, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore, A.J. Cook, Matthew Gray Gubler and Kirsten Vangsness.

***The quotes and song info will be posted after the episode airs. Lots of music in this great episode! ****

****Breen will be in the chat room to discuss this episode on Dec. 9th at 10pm. ******


Criminal Minds quotes and song info for "52 Pickup" written by Breen Frazier. Another wonderful episode of Criminal Minds!

"The minute people fall in love, they become liars." - Harlan Ellison
"Cleanliness becomes more important when godliness is unlikely." - P.J. O'Rourke

"Make U Wanna Dance" - Gen Rubin
"Suspicious Character" - The Blood Arm
"Around Here" - Peri
"28 Butts" - Lil Jackie
"Back to You" - Puddu Verano
"Million Dollar Baby" - Phontaine


Criminal Minds writer Holly Harold was asked during the Criminal Minds chat this week what books she read to get up to speed on psycho wackos. Holly told us that she would send me an email listing the books and here is that email. I'm thrilled she enjoyed the chat since we all really enjoyed getting to know our newest Criminal Minds writer! Welcome to the Criminal Minds Family Holly!

Hey Jill -- thanks very much for inviting me to "chat" yesterday -- tons of fun!

As promised, the books Breen and I studied when we first started are: "Practical Homicide Investigation" and "Sex-Related Homicide and Death Investigation," both by Vernon J. Geberth. Pretty serious stuff -- photos, case studies, the real deal.

I look forward to my episode chat --

Thanks again,



Criminal Minds: It's a boy for Criminal Minds star A.J. Cook! The 30-year-old actress and her husband Nathan Anderson welcomed son Mekhai Allan Andersen on Saturday, September 13th. Weighing in at 7 lbs, 10 oz and 20 inches long, Mekhai was born at 8:50 p.m. Congrats again to A.J. and Nathan!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008


Criminal Minds scored big in the weekly Nielsen ratings. Way to go Criminal Minds!

1. "Dancing With the Stars" Monday, ABC, 19.6 million
2. "CSI," CBS, 18.5 million
3. "NCIS," CBS, 18 million
4. "Dancing With the Stars" Tuesday, ABC, 17.6 million
5. "Criminal Minds," CBS, 16.3 million
6. "Grey's Anatomy," ABC, 15.9 million
7. "The Mentalist," CBS, 15.8 million
8. "CSI: Miami," CBS, 15.5 million
9. "Two and a Half Men," CBS, 15.18 million
10. Sunday Night Football, NBC, 15.17 million

CBS drew on strong performances from the crime dramas "CSI," "NCIS," "Criminal Minds" and "The Mentalist," the fall's biggest new hit. CBS averaged 12 million viewers in prime time for the week. The broadcast competition: ABC with 10.1 million, Fox with 8.4 million, NBC with 7.1 million, The CW with 2.2 million and MyNetworkTV with 1.9 million.


Criminal Minds: A look at what we know about JJ, played by A.J. Cook on Criminal Minds, written by Lori Q.

FBI POSITION: Special Agent



COLLEGE: Went to Pittsburgh Univ. on a soccer scholarship (NORTH MAMMON).

MOTHER: Unknown
FATHER: Unknown
SIBLINGS: Not much is known aside from that she has one who has had a daughter(THE BOOGEYMAN).
EXTENDED: Has at least one aunt(NORTH MAMMON).


DATING: Detective William LaMontagne, Jr. Called "Will", the New Orleans detective was first introduced in the second season episode JONES. He then reappeared in the 4th season ep IN HEAT and again in the 4th season finale LO-FI. Will and JJ are expecting their first child together. In LO-FI, Will announced that he was asking JJ to marry him, but it does not appear that they actually got engaged.

TEAM: JJ has called her BAU team "family", telling Garcia in PENELOPE "You do whatever it takes to protect your family."

Hotch - JJ and Hotch have a very respectful relationship that allows her to question him(DERAILED). He has shown(and stated) that he considers her opinion extremely important(LEGACY). He has also been the one to try to talk her into considering becoming a profiler(NORTH MAMMON). When she struggled with a case, taking it too personally, he offered her words of counsel(BIRTHRIGHT). When mass murderer Jacob Dawes offered information in exchange for a chance to "smell" JJ's hair, Hotch angrily refused, but JJ talked him into, winning the poker game(RIDING THE LIGHTNING). Hotch showed that he was upset/hurt by JJ holding back the information about her pregnancy from him(LO-FI).

Rossi- JJ's relationship with Rossi is still in the early stages and mostly professional. JJ was the one to push to help Rossi with the case that he couldn't get past(DAMAGED).

Prentiss - JJ and Prentiss hit it off almost from Emily's first day at the BAU. After being bitten by the wild dogs in REVELATIONS, Emily checked on JJ and insisted that she get out of the house. Emily, JJ and Garcia played with a bar patron who was trying to pick up on them in OPEN SEASON. She reached out to comfort an extremely upset JJ in PENELOPE. She and JJ have at various times teamed up to interrogate a suspect(JONES for one).

Morgan - If there's any relationship on the team that can be described as being sibling like, it's JJ's one with Morgan. Whether she's tricking him into believing a well told tall tale(THE BOOGEYMAN) or pushing for him to blame her for what happened to Reid(REVELATIONS), they are often contentious, but full of respect. He will challenge her more than the others, asking her why they should take certain cases(NORTH MAMMON, THE CROSSING), but he's also protective(IDENTITY).

Reid - There's been some speculation that the original plan was for JJ and Reid to be hooked up in the first season. Proof of this appears to be Gideon giving Reid tickets to take JJ to a Redskins game(PLAIN SIGHT). The romantic relationship never went anywhere, however and they settled into a good friendship instead. As the two youngest members of the BAU, they are often teamed up for investigations and interrogations. This led to a traumatic event for both of them in THE BIG GAME/REVELATIONS when they split up while on an Unsub's property. In the aftermath of this, in NO WAY OUT 2, JJ made Reid promise that they wouldn't split up again. As the only one who calls him Spence(PLAIN SIGHT), they can often be seen on the plane, challenging each other to a game of Gin.

Garcia - Easily JJ's best friend on the team. They often communicate during a case by phone, passing information back and forth On cases where JJ doesn't accompany the rest of the team, she stays back in Garcia's office, monitoring the case. When Garcia was shot in PENELOPE, JJ took it the hardest. After killing the Unsub, she stated that she had never hesitated, just done what it took to protect her family. There is a picture of JJ and Garcia hugging in Garcia's office.


A full and armed FBI agent, JJ is an extremely gifted speaker. Also calm and patient, she is often counted on to provide counseling to families as well as to be the one who provides the "news", good or bad to the families. She will at times accompany the local law enforcement when they have to do death notifications(OPEN SEASON).

Part of her job description includes holding press conferences and getting the necessary information out to the media. This can be dangerous if the Unsub reacts badly to the often intentional taunting(THE LAST WORD) or if he views the interaction with the public as a violation of the rules(THE FISHER KING PART 1).

She acts as the gateway to the team, deciding which cases are worked and which are passed up. She has stated that she has the ability to "make anything a BAU case"(DAMAGED). This choice is extremely trying to her and even Hotch is aware that she constantly wonders if she has made the right choice(NO WAY OUT PART 2). She takes it quite personally when something bad happens in the case she didn't choose(THE CROSSING).

She is also the team's law enforcement liaison, often making first contact with the local police or sheriff's department and then setting up a place for the team to work out of. It is quite common to hear in an episode, "Hi, Jennifer Jareau, we spoke on the phone?"


An athlete, JJ was the captain of her High School varsity soccer team(NORTH MAMMON). She is also quite talented at darts(THE BIG GAME) and loves to play cards with Reid- always trying to beat him(and finally doing it in EMPTY PLANET). There are also hints that she is skilled at "stacking the deck"(RIDING THE LIGHTNING) though JJ would be sure to deny this "cheating" charge.

Further, she is a phenomenal storyteller, able to trick even those who know her quite well with a tall tale(THE BOOGEYMAN).

Finally, JJ is quite the markswoman. Having only fired her gun twice on the show(REVELATIONS AND PENELOPE), she hits all targets squarely.



-JJ is introduced in COMPULSION, first meeting Elle and showing off the fact that is a fast-talking whirlwind of energy. In the same ep, her omnipresent PDA makes an appearance. In this ep, a common thread of her working closely with Garcia is also presented.

-In WHAT FRESH HELL, a former boyfriend - a slick ethics challenged journalist out of New York - Hal Greene is introduced. When Greene steps over the line JJ calls him out for it. Hotch watches the scene, content to let JJ handle the wayward reporter. In this ep she also helps a couple make a public appeal to the press for the return of their kidnapped daughter.

-In RIDING THE LIGHTNING, JJ assists Hotch with trying to find out if killer who is about to be executed has any further unfound victims. She consents to a game of cards where if she wins they get the information, but if she loses the killer - Jacob - gets to smell her hair. Not at all perturbed, it is very likely that JJ "stacked the deck" in this game to ensure victory.

-In A REAL RAIN, JJ offers to show Reid around New York. Later on, at dinner, she assists him by using the "rubber-band trick" on his chopsticks so that he can eat his chinese food without flinging it all over the place. She also goes head to head with a reporter who is being used by the vigilante killer.

-In the first season finale THE FISHER KING PART ONE, while the rest of the team goes on vacation, JJ and Garcia stay behind to work. When the case starts to ramp up, it is JJ's job to call everyone home. Once the case gets started, JJ receives a strange gift - a framed butterfly. She reveals that she used to collect them as a child. Near the end of the episode, she holds the press conference that sets the Unsub off and causes him to go after Elle.


-In AFTERMATH, JJ comforts a deeply troubled rape victim, telling her that she did it what it took to stay alive and to not let anyone tell her different. She scolds a local law enforcement officer for calling a victims injuries "minor".

-In the BOOGEYMAN, she tells Morgan and Reid a tall tale about being afraid of the woods, expertly reeling them in. Noticing a woman in the police station panicking, JJ gets her to sit down so that she can ask a few questions that end up helping to break open the case.

-In NORTH MAMMON, JJ convinces the team to take the case of three missing HS athletes that she relates to. When the families start crumbling, blaming each other, JJ steps in and reminds them that they have to work together. Once two of the girls are found, JJ interviews one of them, managing to get her to identify the Unsub. On the plane ride home, Hotch suggests she consider taking profiler classes. She states that she likes her job just the way it is.

-In THE BIG GAME, while out at a bar, JJ shows that she's a stud with darts. She gets the call that brings the team out of relaxation mode. By the end of the episode, she and Reid are sent to interview a possible witness who turns out to be the Unsub. While looking for the Unsub, she and Reid separate. The ep ends on JJ walking into a barn, seeing dogs growl at her and then firing.

-In REVELATIONS, the team arrives to find a slightly wounded and disorientated JJ in the barn. After being tended to, she tries to help find Reid. Plagued by the fear of what happened with the dogs, she is unable to concentrate. Emily gets her to leave the house to interview a character witness. Later, she has a confrontation with Morgan, practically begging him to blame her for what happened to Reid. At the end of the episode, after Reid is recovered, she hugs him, apologizing. He forgives her, telling her that it wasn't her fault.

- In JONES, JJ works closely with a local detective, William LaMontagne, Jr. They flirt with each other while trying to solve the mystery of his father's last case. JJ and Prentiss team up to interrogate one of the men who raped the Unsub, clearly showing their disgust for him. At the end of the ep, JJ leaves Will with her card and an open invitation to call her.

-In OPEN SEASON, JJ teams up with Garcia and Prentiss to play with a guy in a bar who tries to pick them up by saying that he's a "real FBI" agent. JJ helps a local law enforcement offer do his first death notification.

-In LEGACY, JJ is approached by a nervous detective who is sure that something bad is happening in his district. Believing him, JJ sells the case to the team. Hotch respects her enough to check into. She later spots the information needed to make this an FBI case - a postmark showing that mail had crossed state lines.

-In NO WAY OUT 2 - JJ works with the team to try to clear Gideon's name, frantically trying to locate Frank's potential victims. After Tracy is kidnapped, she and Reid go in to find her. JJ tells Reid not to split up under any circumstances. He agrees.


-In DOUBT, JJ and Reid work the college students to try to find out who is murdering brunette co-eds. A contentious relationship with one of the students leads to her getting spit on. During the ep, she and Morgan argue over whether or not a suspect should be released and it's apparent how much the strain of having to be the one who does the death notifications weighs on her.

-In CHILDREN OF THE DARK, JJ and Emily work with the sole survivor of a killing spree targeting families. When the decision is made to have the girl face the man who killed her parents and brother, JJ fights against it. At the end of the episode, she and Emily talk about having children.

-In PENELOPE, after Garcia is shot, JJ appears to be the one besides Morgan who takes it the most personally. When Garcia is in the hospital, she pulls JJ aside and asks her to ask the team not to talk about her like she's a victim. At the end of the ep, when the Unsub tries to take an FBI supervisor hostage, JJ comes up behind him and shoots him in the head - getting her first kill. She tells Garcia that she never hesitated, she did it to protect her family.

-In BIRTHRIGHT, the weight of choosing some of the cases and relating to them hits JJ hard. She is worn out by a case of women her age being murdered. Hotch counsels her to never stop caring about the cases.

-In IN HEAT, the BAU comes across Detective LaMontagne while working a case in Miami. It's revealed that JJ and Will have been seeing each other since JONES. When he pushes her to make their relationship public, she breaks up with him. At the end, just as they're about to go their own ways, she changes her mind. Morgan, Prentiss and Reid reveal that they've known about the two of them all along.

-In THE CROSSING, JJ convinces the team to take the case of a woman who is being stalked. She reveals that she passed up another case like this and it turned out very badly. Throughout the case, JJ seems off-kilter, like she's taking it very personally. At the end of the episode, she calls Will and tells him that she's pregnant.

-In LO-FI, the team works on a case involving a possible terrorist threat. Will comes to New York to try to convince her to recuse herself from the case. She reveals to the team that she's pregnant. Hotch is upset that she didn't tell him, but she insists that she's fine and wants to stay on the case. At the end of the ep, she's one of the ones seen getting into a SUV.


Comic actors can also have Criminal Minds By Greg Braxton for the Chigaco Tribune and reproduced with permission!

Alexander is the latest in a growing parade of unlikely performers—primarily comic actors—who are embracing their dark sides on "Criminal Minds." The drama, which centers on the search for demented serial killers by the Behavioral Analysis Unit of the FBI, is one of the network's most reliable and popular hits, frequently landing among the 10 highest-rated series.

Jamie Kennedy, best known for his "punks" on "The Jamie Kennedy Experiment" and outrageous characters in films such as "Malibu's Most Wanted," last season played a serial killer who ate his victims. Frankie Muniz, the brainiac title character in "Malcolm in the Middle," portrayed a tortured graphic artist who took bloody comic book-style revenge on his adversaries. And Cybill Shepherd ("Cybill," "Moonlighting") plays the mother of a serial killer in an upcoming episode.

Edward Allen Bernero, one of the drama's executive producers, said casting established actors against type makes the show's premise more effective. "It's hard to imagine Jason Alexander killing 12 people, but that goes a little bit of distance of what we're trying to show. A serial killer could be your next-door neighbor. It's the last person in the world you would think of."

Some of the guest stars have been surprised when approached by producers to play killers, said Bernero: "The most common reaction is, 'Really? Me?' But then they really get into it because it's exciting for them to do something they don't usually get to do. And I'm never surprised at a comic actor who can reach that dark place."

Kennedy's change of pace impressed network executives so much that they cast him as a regular on "Ghost Whisperer."

Of course, "Criminal Minds" is not the first series to feature comedians as vicious murderers. Martin Short in 2005 played a serial rapist-murderer in "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit." Robin Williams was a killer on the same series and in films such as "Insomnia."

Kennedy really took to his role—a killer who liked to worship Satan in his underwear. "Doing that role was really not a challenge for me," said Kennedy. "When I'm being funny, my behavior is more heightened, so I wanted to show another side. My mom told me my dad walked out while it was on."

Even though Alexander is best known for "Seinfeld," he already has a varied career that includes theater, several movies ("Pretty Woman") and television series. He's currently the artistic director of the Reprise Theatre Company, which presents vintage musicals.

One highlight for Alexander was working with Mantegna. The two had worked together previously—Mantegna co-starred in the first feature that Alexander directed, 1995's "For Better or Worse." The actors both raved about their "Criminal Minds" interrogation scene, a cat-and-mouse session covering several pages of dialogue.

"Jason is so good," Mantegna said. "The roots of comedy can be dark, full of danger and mishaps. There's more of a fine line between comedy and drama than people think. And Jason just plays it beautifully."

But Alexander has had a hard time getting away from Costanza. "I'm pigeonholed now more than when I was doing 'Seinfeld,' " he said. "When I was on the show, I was offered an interesting range of roles. But since it ended, it's hard for people to break the George image. In some markets, that show is on two, three, four times a day."

He's curious about how audiences will respond to his change of pace—and face: "The hope is to shake up what they think about your limitations.",0,1553592.story


Criminal Minds: We'll get out spin-off. Criminal Minds has always had to deal with naysayers.

In a move that will surprise only the brainless, NCIS' odds-defying ratings surge this season has prompted CBS to quietly begin developing a spin-off, sources confirm to me exclusively.

Although a spokesperson for the hit procedural declined to comment, my industry moles reveal that a new crop of naval sleuths will likely be introduced in an episode of NCIS later this season and launched into their own show as early as next fall.

"It's still in the early stages," maintains an insider, who says no final decisions have been made about the premise or the setting.

The NCIS offshoot will likely put on hold CBS' long-gestating Criminal Minds spin-off.

Sunday, November 23, 2008


Criminal Minds episode info for "52 Pickup" - Agents Prentiss and Todd go undercover to profile a pickup artist who uses his skills of persuasion to lure women into danger, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Nov. 26 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

Jordan Todd............................ Meta Golding
Vanessa................................ Riki Lindhome
Ashley Holden......................... Keri Lynn Pratt
James (Man #1)........................ Jake Newton
Richard (Man #2)...................... Spencer Hill
Unsub................................. Gabriel Olds
Detective Rachel Harding.............. Cari Shayne
Mrs. Holden........................... Joanna Cassidy
Becky Williams........................ Shelley Dennis
Melissa Foster................... Kimberlee Peterson
Viper................................ Currie Graham
Austin................................ Courtney Ford
Young Unsub............................ Curt Roland
Brandi................................ Geneva Somers
Unsub's Mother........................ Marcia Moran

WRITTEN BY: Breen Frazier
courtesy of CBS


Criminal Minds episode promo for "52 Pickup" - Agents Prentiss and Todd go undercover to profile a pickup artist who uses his skills of persuasion to lure women into danger, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Nov. 26 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. WRITTEN BY: Breen Frazier. DIRECTED BY: Bobby Roth


Criminal Minds: I certainly hope that this is not a case of 'here we go again' but the latest SAG news isn't the best. The fourth season of Criminal Minds is cooking with gas and going great. We don't need another 100 day speed bump! Lets call Les Moonves' office and put the pressure on now to settle. Let him know that we will not tolerate any interuptions in our enjoyment of Criminal Minds!

LOS ANGELES – The Screen Actors Guild said Saturday it will ask its members to authorize a strike after its first contract talks in four months with Hollywood studios failed despite the help of a federal mediator.

The guild said it adjourned talks with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers shortly before 1 a.m. after two marathon sessions with federal mediator Juan Carlos Gonzalez.

SAG, representing more than 120,000 actors in movies, television and other media, said in a statement that it will launch a "full-scale education campaign in support of a strike authorization."

"We have already made difficult decisions and sacrifices in an attempt to reach agreement," the statement said. "Now it's time for SAG members to stand united and empower the national negotiating committee to bargain with the strength of a possible work stoppage behind them." -MSN News

CALL CBS: 212-975-4545 and CALL DISNEY: 818-560-1000

Saturday, November 22, 2008


Criminal Minds: There is a link on the top of this blog that will take you to the Criminal Minds Fanatic Tidbits blog where there will be multi-fandom auctions to raise money for several charitable causes. New items will be added every few days so please check the site often. Support the Aids Marathon, the Actors Fund, etc. by bidding high! These items would make terrific holiday gifts. Thank you to all the Exec. Producers, writers and actors who have contributed items.


The Criminal Minds Fanatic website and the Criminal Minds Conversation Yahoo group will be holding their weekly episode chat on Sunday, November 23rd at noon est with a special guest. Please join us in welcoming our newest Criminal Minds writer, Holly Harold, to the chat room and the Criminal Minds family.

Holly has a very impressive resume. Take a look:

See you all in the Criminal Minds chat room! :)

Friday, November 21, 2008


Criminal Minds question of the day: You have an extra seat available at your Thanksgiving table. Which character from Criminal Minds would you invite to join your celebration? And why?


Criminal Minds: Happy Friday everyone! Just a few Criminal Minds related notes this morning.

Criminal Minds writer Holly Harold is with us in the Criminal Minds chat room on Sunday. Email for the password please.

Lola has won last weeks Criminal Minds recap contest. Please email me your address. Congrats on winning the Criminal Minds season four cap given to us by Simon Mirren!

Donations for Rosy are still coming in so please consider making a donation to this worthy cause. The link is on the right side of the blog.

The first Criminal Minds convention plans are shaping up nicely. The planning committee will be in LA in Feb to meet with the three hotels we have narrowed it down to. Thank you to that committee for all the hard work they are doing to plan our time for Feb. Anyone wanting more info about the convention should email the convention moderators.

"Masterpiece" brought the show amazing ratings. Yeah! We have our first episode written by Breen Frazier this Wednesday followed by a chat with Breen. Please get the word out that Criminal Minds is the show to watch on Wednesdays! I know we can be the number one show. I feel it in my old bones. We just need to keep talking up the show to strangers on the streets!

SAG & WGA news: SAG and the AMPTP are still in meetings with a mediator and a strike, while unlikely, is still a possibility. The WGA has not been properly paid according to the terms of their new contract. Anyone wanting more info on either of these situations can email me. I have agreed to be the Criminal Minds liason again on both fronts.

Kirsten Vangsness, Garcia on Criminal Minds, is once again starring at the Theater of Note in "A Mulholland Christmas". If you are interesting in buying tickets to see Kirsten perform, here is the link:

I finished my first two Criminal Minds podcasts and they have been sent off to be edited. I am currently working on a third podcast. If anyone has any suggestions on Podcast ideas, please email me.

Have a great weekend everyone! Criminal Minds Rules!

Thursday, November 20, 2008


Criminal Minds screencaps for "Masterpiece" are courtesy of Keren. Criminal Minds starring Joe Mantegna, Thomas Gibson, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore, A.J.Cook, Matthew Gray Gubler and Kirsten Vangsness!


"Criminal Minds" was the main draw Wednesday night and elevated CBS to a couple of easy victories. Great job Criminal Minds!

At 9, "Criminal Minds" drew 16.4 million viewers to CBS. ABC's "Private Practice" was a distant second with 7.1 million. The rest: a "House" rerun with 5.7 million for Fox, a new "Life" with 5.3 million for NBC and "Stylista" with just 2.2 million for The CW.


Criminal Minds vids for "Masterpiece" written by Edward Allen Bernero and starring Joe Mantegna, Thomas Gibson, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore, A.J. Cook, Matthew Gray Gubler and Kirsten Vangsness. Special guest star: Jason Alexander. Vids courtesy of CBS.

Quantum Physics Knock Knock Jokes

Criminal Minds - Knock Him Off His Game

Criminal Minds - Reverse Profiling

Criminal Minds - Recognizing Perfection

Criminal Minds - Seven Homicides

Wednesday, November 19, 2008


Criminal Minds quotes for "Masterpiece" starring Joe Mantegna, Thomas Gibson, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore, A.J. Cook, Matthew Gray Gubler and Kirsten Vangsness. Written by Edward Allen Bernero.

The quotes are:
"Let us consider that we are all insane. It will explain us to each other; it will unriddle many riddles..."
Mark Twain

"Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love."
Martin Luther King, Jr.

There was no music in this episode.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008


Criminal Minds: Interesting article about Jason Alexander's guest spot in tomorrow's episode of Criminal Minds.

The latest installment of the CBS procedural features Alexander in dramatic makeover mode, portraying a deranged professor who claims to have killed several women and who puts a terrified mother in peril as part of his personal vendetta against serial killer profiler David Rossi (Joe Mantegna).

Putting on a shoulder-length white wig and a lullaby voice for an extra degree of sinisterness, Alexander is almost unrecognizable in the role.

"This guy is truly messed up, but I didn't approach it with that kind of judgment," Alexander said in an interview last week. "It's more interesting to look at the thing that has made this guy this angry -- I approach as if the character's agenda is righteous and pure. Otherwise, you fall into the trap of just playing a villain.",0,5630515.story


Criminal Minds rocked the Paley Center last night. From all reports the event featuring Criminal Minds was a huge success. I gave my two tickets to our adopted Criminal Minds star Kris Campbell. Thank you to Ed Bernero, pictured sitting behind Shemar Moore, for letting the audience know that the Criminal Minds Fanatics catch all the cookies. I'm really happy that so many fans had such a great time!


Criminal Minds: Lola, who lives in Finland, posted this wonderful article on the Criminal Minds Fanatic message board. How awesome that there is an interview with Matthew in a Finnish magazine! Thanks Lola for sharing it with us and especially for translating it to English.

"Matthew Gray Gubler is superstitious"

Matthew Gray Gubler, a 28 years old actor born in Las Vegas, pops up on TV screen once in a week in the show Criminal Minds as Doctor Spencer Reid. This wise guy belongs to a team that’s specialised in profiling criminals.

"What me and my charater have in common is that be both have a phenomenal memory."

He confesses that in the real-life he’s no scientist but thinks that through his role he has learned lots of psychological facts concerning profiling.

Already as a child Gubler was a sovereign performer and the little guy was often seen doing magic tricks in different events in his hometown. In the past he has also excelled as a model and worked for Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton and Tommy Hilfiger among others.

”The most challenging roles of my life have been on the catwalk", he admits.

It’s a little difficult to believe that this mister who has worn fashion clothes puts on mismaching socks every morning.

"It brings me good luck. One day I wore matching socks and I sprained my ankle.”

Among his friends it’s known that Matthew is a strict boy when it comes to rules. As an example he mentions people who in shops break the rule about the 12-items cash. The TV-star looses his nerves if they say you can only have 12 items and someone comes in the queue with 13 items.

”Once I uploaded a song from the Internet and felt guilty right after. I had to walk to a music store and buy the whole CD from that band”, he accounts like a decent little boy scout.

Monday, November 17, 2008


Criminal Minds: "Psychodrama" on Friday, November 21 @ 11pm/10C and Saturday, November 22 @ 3am/2C on A&E. Gideon, Hotchner and their team profile a bank robber who forces his victims to undress before he flees the crime scene. This Criminal Minds episode stars are: Thomas Gibson, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Kirsten Vangsness, A.J. Cook, Lola Glaudini and Mandy Patinkin. Written by Aaron Zelman and Directed by Guy Norman Bee. Episode information courtesy of


Criminal Minds: Here is a link to an interesting article about Criminal Minds and syndication:

Criminal Minds, produced jointly by ABC Studios and CBS Paramount Network Television, is a top performer that is one of the few shows in primetime to see growth this year. The first-run Minds wins its Wednesday 9 p.m. time slot; it's ranked eighth among viewers overall, and 14th among adults 18-49.

Compared to last year, the show is up 5% among viewers and adults 18-49, a rare feat in today's TV landscape. The show stars Joe Mantegna and Thomas Gibson, and is in its fourth season.

Numb3rs, produced by Ridley and Tony Scott's Scott Free Productions in association with CBS Paramount Network Television, is less seen in its Friday 10 p.m. time slot, but “it has the ability to find a new audience,” DiSalvo says. “It's a hidden jewel for us.”

Numb3ers, starring Rob Morrow and David Krumholtz, is ranked 30th among all viewers and 53rd among adults 18-49. Year to year, it is down 2% in viewers and 14% for adults 18-49.

Criminal Minds already has been sold to A&E for $650,000 an episode, according to industry estimates, while Ion is paying $175,000 per week to strip the show starting in 2009. Numb3rs has yet to find a cable home.

Saturday, November 15, 2008


Criminal Minds: "Masterpiece"--Agent Rossi and the team must profile a self-confessed serial killer who turns himself in, but sends them on a massive manhunt to find his latest victims before it is too late, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Nov. 19th (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Jason Alexander ("Seinfeld"), Ali Landry ("Eve") and Nicholas Brendon ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer") guest star. Written by Edward Allen Bernero. -CBS

Friday, November 14, 2008


Inside Criminal Minds: Joe Mantegna, Thomas Gibson, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore, and additional members of the cast and creative team. I have one ticket available for anyone who would like to attend. Email me.

A crack squad of FBI "behavioral analysts"—aka "profilers"—tracks down criminals by anticipating their next moves in this dark CBS procedural, now in its fourth season. We'll screen a new episode and turn the tables on the cast and creative team—exploring their minds to find out what it's like to work on this cerebral ensemble drama.

Monday, November 17, 2008
7:00 pm PT
Paley Center Los Angeles
In Person


Criminal Minds: Tentative schedule for Criminal Minds. These are the Criminal Minds listings of episodes that have been scheduled so far. More to be added as the info becomes available.
11/14/08 - Friday - "The Perfect Storm" (A&E)
11/15/08 - Saturday - "The Perfect Storm (A&E)
11/19/08 - Wednesday - "Masterpiece"
11/21/08 - Friday - "Psychodrama" (A&E)
11/22/08 - Saturday - "Psychodrama" (A&E)
11/22/08 - Saturday - "Elephant's Memory"
11/26/08 - Wednesday - "52 Pickup"
12/10/08 - Wednesday - "Brothers in Arms"
12/17/08 - Wednesday - "Normal"

Thursday, November 13, 2008


Criminal Minds screencaps for "Memoriam" written by Dan Dworkin and Jay Beattie and starring Joe Mantegna, Thomas Gibson, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore, A.J. Cook, Matthew Gray Gubler and Kirsten Vangsness are courtesy of Keren.



Criminal Minds: Joe Mantegna, David Rossi on Criminal Minds, celebrates his birthday on Thursday, November 13th. Please join us in wishing Joe a very Happy Birthday!

Joe has been a terrific addition to Criminal Minds! We're lucky to have him as a part of the Criminal Minds family!


Criminal Minds: Here is some overnight Nielsen ratings info for Criminal Minds. "Memoriam" written by Dan Dworkin and Jay Beattie scored very well. Another great night for Criminal Minds!

"Criminal Minds" delivered 14.8 million. A "House" rerun drew 6.2 million to Fox. NBC's "Life" had little -- just 5.8 million watched. And "Stylista" looks like a goner for The CW -- only 1.7 million cared to tune in.


Criminal Minds: Dr. Spencer Reid, played by Matthew Gray Gubler, becomes a godfather in "Memoriam" written by Jay Beattie & Dan Dworkin and starring Joe Mantegna, Thomas Gibson, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore, A.J. Cook, Matthew Gray Gubler and Kirsten Vangsness. Video courtesy of CBS.


Criminal Minds: Thanks to Simon Mirren, Co-Executive Producer of Criminal Mind, we have this wonderful Criminal Minds season four cap to use as a prize in the following contest. The rules are easy. Watch "Memoriam" and write the most detailed recap on the spoiler thread and you win the cap. The contest will end on Monday, November 16th at 10pm est and the entries will be judged by a friend of the blog. So catch the cookies and win a prize. Thanks again to Simon Mirren! You rock!


Criminal Minds - Spencer, played by Matthew Gray Gubler, listens to his mom, played by the wonderous Jane Lynch, in "Memoriam" written by Jay Beattie & Dan Dworkin and starring Joe Mantegna, Thomas Gibson, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore, A.J. Cook, Matthew Gray Gubler and Kirsten Vangsness. Video courtesy of CBS.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008


Criminal Minds: Reid, Morgan, and Rossi track down Spencer's father in "Memoriam" written by Jay Beattie & Dan Dworkin and starring Joe Mantegna, Thomas Gibson, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore, A.J. Cook, Matthew Gray Gubler and Kirsten Vangsness. Video courtesy of CBS.


Criminal Minds quotes for "Memoriam" written by Jay Beattie & Dan Dworkin and starring Joe Mantegna, Thomas Gibson, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore, A.J. Cook, Matthew Gray Gubler and Kirsten Vangsness. No music was used in this episode.

“What was silent in the father speaks in the son, and often I found in the son the unveiled secret of the father.”
-- Friedrich Nietzsche

“There is no refuge from memory and remorse in this world. The spirits of our foolish deeds haunt us, with or without repentance.”
-- Gilbert Parker


Criminal Minds: The Criminal Minds Conversation Yahoo group and the Criminal Minds Fanatic website will be hosting an episode chat this evening at 10pm est. :)

Tuesday, November 11, 2008


Criminal Minds: Happy Wednesday everyone! Just a few notes to share. I'm sure everyone is looking forward to tonight's episode of Criminal Minds! I know I am.

Criminal Minds writer Dan Dworkin and Oahn Ly both sent email thank yous for the gifts sent to them by the moderators of the Criminal Minds Fanatic website. Congrats again to Dan and his wife on the birth of their son. I'm happy to report that Oahn enjoyed the chat as much as we did and wants to come back again when her next episode airs! Yeah, she was so much fun to chat with! Jay and Dan are shooting their next episode this evening but are looking for an alternate date to come and chat. I will post the date and time when it is solidified.

In the future anyone wanting the password to the Criminal Minds chat room needs to email the moderators here:

The Criminal Minds Fanatic convention planning committee has narrowed down the hotels for the convention, have confirmed appointments with these hotels to see the meeting rooms and have finalized their plans for their scouting trip in Feb. Anyone wishing more info on the convention can use the email address listed above for chats and a moderator will try to answer your questions.

Simon Mirren has sent us a special gift to use for a new contest. Details later this week. Thank you Simon.

Thank you to all those that have donated already or plan to make a donation to Rosy's Aids Marathon account. We're still a couple of hundred dollars short so please contribute. Thanks!


Criminal Minds: "The Instincts" written by Chris Mundy made the top ten in the Nielsen ratings for the week ending Nov. 9th. More great ratings for Criminal Minds!

1. "60 Minutes," CBS, 18.47 million viewers.
2. "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," CBS, 18.18 million viewers.
3. "NBC Sunday Night Football" (New York Giants at Philadelphia), NBC, 17.56 million viewers.
4. "Dancing With The Stars," ABC, 17.09 million viewers.
5. "Desperate Housewives," ABC, 15.854 million viewers.
6. "Dancing With The Stars Result Special," ABC, 15.848 million viewers.
7. "Grey's Anatomy," ABC, 15.74 million viewers.
8. "Saturday Night Live Presidential Bash '08," NBC, 14.44 million viewers.
9. "Criminal Minds," CBS, 14.3 million viewers.
10. "Vote 2008," ABC, 14.19 million viewers.


Criminal Minds: Trailer for the motion picture "PORNSTAR" starring Diora Baird, Brendan Sexton III, Matthew Gray Gubler (Dr. Spencer Reid on Criminal Minds) and Will Sasso.

Monday, November 10, 2008


Criminal Minds Promo for "Memoriam" written by Jay Beattie & Dan Dworkin and starring Joe Mantegna, Thomas Gibson, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore, A.J. Cook, Matthew Gray Gubler and Kirsten Vangsness.


Criminal Minds: TV Guide has given me permission to post their Criminal Minds casting article. Thanks TV Guide!

Criminal Minds is packing quite a one-two punch for February sweeps.

CBS' Wednesday-night powerhouse has tapped the original Terminator film's Kyle Reese — aka Michael Biehn — to guest-star in a February episode, has learned exclusively.

Appearing in same installment will be Maddie Hayes — that is, four-time Emmy nominee and three-time Golden Globe winner Cybill Shepherd, who as of late has been rather omnipresent on prime time, guesting on the likes of Psych and Samantha Who?

Biehn will be playing a local detective who helps the BAU out with their latest vexing case, while Shepherd has been cast as the estranged mother of a serial killer. (Or is it the mother of a strange serial killer? Six or a half-dozen or the other.)

Sunday, November 09, 2008


Criminal Minds: Shemar Moore, Derek Morgan on Criminal Minds, says he has googled his name, in this wonderful interview. Safe to say that if he has googled his name then he knows we all think he's doing a great job on Criminal Minds. :)

Friday, November 07, 2008


Criminal Minds: "Memoriam" - Dr. Reid embarks on his own investigation into the murder of a young boy years earlier in Las Vegas that he strongly believes has a connection to his own childhood, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Nov. 12 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Jane Lynch ("Two and a Half Men") guest stars as Dr. Reid's mother, Diana Reid. CBS press release.

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

Jordan Todd............................... Meta Golding
Det. Hyde.............................. Xander Berkeley
William Reid.............................. Taylor Nichols
Riley.............................................. Justin Wren
Diana Reid..................................... Jane Lynch
Vernon Duncanson.............. Vaughn Armstrong
Lou Jenkins............................. Brian Goodman
Receptionist................................... Lisa Tharps
Gary Michaels..................... Andrew Harlander
Woman....................................... Shirly Brener
Dr. Jan Mohikian......................... Dee Wallace
Young Reid............................... Andrew Astor
Nurse.......................................... Rachel Grow
Sheriff................................... David O. Combs
Dr. Norman................................ Bruce French
Det. William LaMontagne Jr. ....... Josh Stewart
Desk Sargeant................................. Paul Jeans

WRITTEN BY: Dan Dworkin and Jay Beattie
DIRECTED BY: Guy Norman Bee


Criminal Minds: The Criminal Minds Conversation Yahoo group and the Criminal Minds Fanatic message board will be holding a weekend chat on Sunday, November 9 at 3pm est to discuss "The Instincts" and "Memoriam". :)

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Criminal Minds - A Mother Knows

Criminal Minds: The fantastic scene from "The Instincts" written by Chris Mundy between Dr. Spencer Reid and Diana Reid. While talking to his mother, Reid puts the final pieces of the puzzle together. Criminal Minds - A Mother Knows is courtesy of cbs.


Criminal Minds: Kim Harrison, assistant to Ed Bernero, has been training for the Aids Marathon for several months and Criminal Minds fans, writers and actors have all been making donations in her name. We are #2 behind another CBS show but today Kim asked that we do something more important than beating out another show. There is another runner in her training group that has had a very hard time raising donations. Kim has asked that instead of continuing to send in donations in her name, that we send them in for his runner. The runner's name is Rosy Savillion and her runner number is LA-4100. I spoke with the Aids group today and Rosy needs to raise $1,340 asap. Please join me in helping this young woman to meet her goal so she can participate in the marathon. Rosy has done the hard part. She volunteered and she is actively training. The phone number to call to make the donation is 213-201-1400 and please give them her runner number or you can paypal your donation to me and I will make it for you. And if you didn't already know how very special a person Kimberly is, then this request should be all you need to see!


Criminal Minds: Here is some overnight Nielsen ratings info for Criminal Minds. "The Instincts" scored very well. Another great night for Criminal Minds!

CBS moved to first at 9 p.m. with a 3.5 for “Criminal Minds,” followed by ABC with a 3.2 for “Private Practice” and Fox with a 2.7 for a repeat of “House.” Univision and NBC tied for fourth at 2.0, Univision for “Fuego en la Sangre” and NBC for “Life,” with CW sixth with a 1.0 for “Stylista.”

Criminal Minds - Three Minutes Are Up- JJ is having a son!

Criminal Minds - Three Minutes Are Up- from "The Instincts" written by Chris Mundy. The mother keeps the unsub on the phone, while Garcia traces the call. Another great scene from last night's episode of Criminal Minds.

Criminal Minds - A Clean Shot

Criminal Minds - A Clean Shot- The team moves in on the unsub and Reid finds the missing boy. CBS posted this scene from last night's episode of Criminal Minds. :)

Wednesday, November 05, 2008


Criminal Minds screencaps for "The Instincts" written by Chris Mundy and starring Joe Mantegna, Thomas Gibson, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore, A.J. Cook, Matthew Gray Gubler and Kirsten Vangsness are courtesy of Keren.

GREAT EPISODE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!