Monday, May 30, 2011


Criminal Minds: A.J. Cook, JJ on Criminal Minds, participating with the "National Memorial Day Concert.

-Photos courtesy of Colleen


Criminal Minds: Joe Mantegna this morning at the "Honoring Our Fallen Warriors Wreath-Laying Ceremony" event.

-photo courtesy of Colleen

Sunday, May 29, 2011


Criminal Minds: Erica Messer, showrunner of Criminal Minds, talks to TV Guide about season seven. Reprinted WITH permission from TV Guide.

-The news that Paget Brewster will return to the cast of Criminal Minds in Season 7 gave many fans reason to cheer. But executive producer Erica Messer's reaction was more a sigh of a relief.

Paget Brewster returns to Criminal Minds; Rachel Nichols to exit.

And for good reason. Messer, who will officially handle showrunner duties this season, is coming off a Season 6 that was rocked by the never-fully-explained cutting of two fan favorites, Brewster and A.J. Cook, from the cast. But with both women now back on board, Messer says she's excited to move forward.

"It feels rewarding," she tells exclusively. "This team works well together and now we can get on with telling the stories that have kept us going for six seasons.

But the good news for Brewster means bad news for Rachel Nichols, who will not return full time next season after recurring this past year. Below, Messer discusses that painful decision process, how the return of Brewster's presumed-dead character, Emily Prentiss, will affect the team, and the power of the Criminal Minds fans. What are your plans for reintroducing Prentiss to the team?

Erica Messer: This will be the first order of business on Tuesday. The writers will be back and we will officially dive into Season 7. Will she have changed any since we last saw her?

Messer: Absolutely. No one goes into hiding and comes out unscathed. She has been in defensive mode for months now. She'll be exhausted and will have to face the family to explain a few things. Starting with the fact that she's alive! What will the team reaction be, given that many of them believe her to be dead?

Messer: There will be a lot of tension. Hotch [Thomas Gibson] and JJ [Cook] kept a big secret from the team. Ultimately. those kept in the dark will forgive the others when they find out Prentiss is alive. What can you say about letting Rachel Nichols go?

Messer: It wasn't an easy decision and it took a village to make it. Having eight characters on Criminal Minds seemed unlikely. Rachel is a real trouper and a pro. She walked into an incredibly difficult position and handled it with grace. The cast felt she fit in — we're actually a funny group off-camera — and she will be missed by all of us who worked with her everyday. Will she appear in any capacity to wrap up her character's story?

Messer: As storytellers we hate leaving threads undone. Creatively, there's more to explore there. I won't know for a bit if that's a possibility. What's the latest on Thomas Gibson's contract?

Messer: [He's in] ongoing negotiations that I hope close soon. I have visions of the premiere in my head, but would feel better knowing he's back. So, do you have a theme for next season at this point?

Messer: Our theme hasn't been discussed yet, though right now it seems like surprises await all of us, on-screen and off. So maybe there's something in that. Looking back at last season overall, how did the cast changes detract from the original goals?

Messer: The cast issues gave us unexpected story lines, and I think we handled that the best we could. The goals for the season were altered, but the theme of secrets had been set and our Prentiss storyline reflected that in every possible way — before, during and after her battle with Ian Doyle [Timothy V. Murphy]. Do you want to do come back bigger and bolder than ever this year?

Messer: Having the band back together is in itself a huge victory and should give everyone a sense of security. Once that's established, we can get our heroes back to solving twisted tales. How much did the fan outcry play into bringing back A.J. and Paget?

Messer: Our fans are some of the most loyal I've ever known. And they're not shy. Their love for our show and investment in the characters is beyond encouraging. If they're enthusiasm helped everyone see how important the unity of our team is, fantastic.

Saturday, May 28, 2011


Criminal Minds: What's on your mind? This is a thread for fans to talk about Criminal Minds.


Criminal Minds: Paget Brewster will be returning to Criminal Minds for season seven while Rachel Nichols will be exiting. Wonderful news for all Criminal Minds fans and now we continue to wait to see if Thomas Gibson is also signed for the season.

Thursday, May 26, 2011


Criminal Minds: Emmy Award winner Gary Sinise and Tony Award winner Joe Mantegna will co-host PBS' "National Memorial Day Concert," which will be broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol May 29 beginning at 8 PM ET; check local listings.

The 90-minute broadcast will feature appearances and/or performances by General Colin L. Powell (Ret.), Kris Allen, Dianne Wiest, B.B. King, Hayley Westenra, Forest Whitaker, Jason Ritter, Daniel Rodriguez, Yolanda Adams and Maestro Jack Everly as well as The National Symphony Orchestra, Military District of Washington, U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, The U.S. Army Chorus, The Soldiers’ Chorus of The United States Army Field Band, U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters and U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants.

The concert is broadcast live on PBS and live via American Forces Network to the nearly one million American service men and women, Department of Defense civilians and their families overseas, stationed at bases in 175 countries as well as 140 U.S. Navy ships at sea.

This year's concert also will include a tribute to our World War II veterans 70 years after the attack on Pearl Harbor and a commemoration of the ten-year anniversary of 9/11.

For more information visit

Tuesday, May 24, 2011


Criminal Minds: TV Guide interview with A.J. Cook, JJ on Criminal Minds, copied with their permission:

She was only on set half a day for the Criminal Minds season finale, but it was still a very sweet homecoming for A.J. Cook. "Everyone was so happy," she tells "They were like, 'Finally! OK, good, let's get back to what we do here. We missed you. We're glad you're back.' I love everyone over there. It was so great to see the camera operators and everyone you know and love."

A.J. Cook to return to Criminal Minds

The brief appearance — Cook's bare-legged JJ ("It was so Mrs. Robinson, right?" the actress says) cryptically accepts an offer from Rossi (Joe Mantegna) to rejoin the BAU — was only a guest spot, but the actress will return to the procedural as a regular this fall. CBS dropped her a year ago only to rehire her last month. Fans who launched a tireless campaign aimed at bringing back both Cook and Paget Brewster, who has an option to come back, are excited for Cook's return, but she says it wasn't an easy decision to sign a new two-year deal. See what else Cook, who will appear with Mantegna on Sunday's National Memorial Day Concert special (8/7c on PBS), has to say about her "rollercoaster" year, what's next for JJ and what she wants to make for the fans.

Can you describe what the past 11 months have been like?

A.J. Cook: It's been a rollercoaster ride, just from the shock of not getting picked up to trying to figure out why to never really knowing why. They kept asking me to come back for things, so trying to have closure was difficult. But it's been good. I've been able to focus on things that are really important, like my family, and just get back to acting. It's so easy to get used to playing a role. Then all of the sudden when you're tossed out of it, it's almost like you have to remember how to act again! This whole thing made me remember why I love acting. I've been able to work with some really great people. I'm shooting a really great movie right now [Least Among Saints] and I'm so excited because people have never seen me this way before. That was something that was very important to me, especially since I'm heading back to Criminal Minds. It's been fun and a challenge, and I love challenges.

When did you hear they wanted you back full-time?

Cook: Well, there was dialogue happening for quite some time: "What if...? Would you...?" From Day 1, they've let me know that I've been missed and they want to try to get me back. I knew that they were always trying, but I had to move forward. ... I always knew that it might be a possibility, but obviously until it was real, I didn't want them to keep coming to me. ... They made the offer [last month]. Pretty much when the news hit is when I heard it! I'm amazed by the Internet and how quickly things move. Everything's pretty much dead-on. It's crazy.

Did you say "yes" right away or did you think about it?

Cook: No. [Laughs] I did a lot of thinking and a lot of stressing. At the end of the day, it just happened to be the right decision for my family right now. I guess one thing to make clear to everyone is that I wasn't sitting around waiting for them to come back. I had other offers. There were other things that could've been great, but I wasn't willing to pick up my family and move them out of the country or out of state to pursue something that I didn't completely love. It just made sense for my family and my second family — Criminal Minds! ... I did a lot of talking to several of the cast and producers and writers. ...I am excited to get back there, from an acting standpoint too. I think this is a different JJ than we've seen in the past, so I'm excited to see where she goes.

She seems much more confident. I almost didn't recognize you in Paget's last episode — in a good way.

Cook: I know! Yeah, she's a different woman — a confident, "I've been working in the State Department" woman. But that's what I like. If I was going to come back, I didn't want to go back to what I was because apparently it wasn't deemed important enough to have me there in the first place! [Laughs] I wanted to make sure the character was going somewhere else and was going to be utilized. ... We've been talking a lot, me and Erica [Messer], who's now the new showrunner. ... What I love about them is it's open dialogue. It's always been that way with writers and actors. I guess fans are kind of freaked out that I'm going to turn into this huge ball-buster!

Some think you may be the new Unit Chief.

Cook: I know, right? I have no idea. The new Strauss? I don't know!

Criminal Minds: Will the BAU be split up?

When they wrote you out, they made it seem like there was no other choice but for you to leave. So how are you talking to Rossi behind Hotch's back and accepting an offer he made when there are budget cuts?

Cook: Yeah, I mean, it's one of those cliff-hangers where you're like, "What? Why isn't she talking to Hotch?" I'll tell you why! Joe has a contract and Thomas [Gibson] does not! [Laughs] It's them just covering themselves. I am hoping that everyone comes back and we can make the show that the fans love to see every week. That's what all of our fingers are crossed for.

Will we see more of JJ's family life? Is your son still going to play Henry?
Cook: Well, I pitched it! I'm like, "You know, Mekhai's still available!" [Laughs] He did such a great job the first time and now he's older and wiser! I'm sure we'll make that happen. But we're going to see that come into play this season. We're going to touch on that quite a bit more.

We haven't seen JJ holding press conferences and handling the media in the later seasons like we did in the earlier ones. Are we going back to the old days?
Cook: I'm not sure if she'll be stepping back into that. I'm being so vague! All I know is based on the conversations I've had and I don't want to look like an idiot if I go back to doing exactly what I was doing! "Oh, we just told you that to get you back!" [Laughs] But I think it's safe to say she'll still be the spokesperson of the BAU, but she's going to evolve. ... She was working at such a ridiculous level at the State Department that I think she's coming back ... able to handle a little more. But she's still going to be the nurturer, she's still going to be that JJ that everyone loved.

She and Hotch are in on Prentiss' "death." I feel like that has to be revealed to the team even if Paget doesn't come back. What do you think the repercussions are going to be?

Cook: It has to, right? They've got a lot of balls in the air right now! Poor writers! Bless their hearts. ... But that could turn into trust issues with JJ. I think they would understand. It's so Prentiss can live. There are so many different ways we can take it and go with it. It was excruciating for JJ to have to do that to everyone. ... That tore her up, but I think that shows how much she has grown and is doing her job. It was a kick-ass [exit] for Paget. She did a great job and she deserved that. I had two episodes to say, "Peace out, homies!" I'm so happy that they wrote her this really strong arc. She went out guns a-blazing.

A lot of fans were riled up about Seaver (Rachel Nichols) "replacing" JJ.
Cook: It has nothing to do with her. They were just upset because of the whole situation. The whole thing was crappy and I think they tried to fix a situation too quickly, and I think that rubbed people the wrong way — especially because she sort of looks like me! [Laughs] I honestly haven't been watching, so I don't even know what she did. From what I understand, she's a cadet. I feel for her too because it's a tough situation to walk into. The whole situation is so bizarre for everyone involved and sort of unprecedented.

What do you have to say to the fans?

Cook: I'm so touched that they spoke their minds and reached out to me personally. It made me feel like it's all going to be OK and that these people are going to support me wherever I go. Yeah, they're angry about the Criminal Minds thing, but they truly appreciate me as an actor and a lot of them were like, "We're excited for what you're going to do next." That made me feel really good. I mean, thank you! What else can I say? It was crazy! There was no explanation. ... They decided to make a creative decision and they're allowed to. It's their show. But our fans are so loyal. They love it. I'm so glad they do. Don't mess with the Criminal Minds fans! I'm going to get T-shirts made for them!

Sunday, May 22, 2011


Criminal Minds: It has been a couple of seasons since we did our last "Pens for Kirsten" campaign so we thought it would be great to do it again now. Fans send a pen (the wackier the better), we collect them, present them to Kirsten Vangsness and then "Garcia" uses them during the season. If you are interested in sending a pen please emails cmfchat@gmail.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011


Criminal Minds: A message from Erica Messer, showrunner of Criminal Minds, about this evening's season finale and Andy Swan, of blessed memory!

Dear Fans,

As you watch tonight's finale, you'll hear a name that means so much to all of us in the CM family. Andy Swan.

For those of you who don't know, Andy was with us from the beginning of the series. He was Al's right hand man in props and Gubler's counterpart in the 'Matthew Gray Gubler Unauthorized Documentary' internet series. Most importantly, he was a devoted husband and father who was adored by everyone who had the honor of knowing him.

Writing this in the past tense is heartbreaking. Andy died in February just one year after his diagnosis. He had an aggressive form of cancer. One that took him way too soon.

Tonight's finale is dedicated to his memory. There were bigger plans to see his name on screen but they didn't pan out. So... naming a character after him was the only thing I could control. The script had every character saying Andy Swan. The final cut lost a few. I'd love to know how many times it's actually said... maybe we can all listen for it tonight and smile in memory of a great man, a great friend and a father and husband who will be very, very missed.

All of the proceeds from tonight's script will be given to Andy's family.

Thank you again for hanging in there this season.

Happy Hiatus!
Erica Messer

Tuesday, May 17, 2011


Criminal Minds spoiler thread for "Supply & Demand" starring Joe Mantegna, Thomas Gibson, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Kirsten Vangsness and Rachel Nichols.

** Beware! There will be spoilers within the comments!


Criminal Minds: As of 10:25am CST today Thomas Gibson, according to his manager, still has no contract. Does it make you nervous that the CBS upfronts are tomorrow and Thomas Gibson still has no contract?

Friday, May 13, 2011


Criminal Minds: Transcript of the chat with Jim Clemente, BAU founder John Douglas & Erica Messer held on May 12, 2011.

Jim_Clemente has joined.

jill: Welcome Jim and thank you for being with us tonight. You have a guest with you tonight and I would love for you to introduce him if you would please. Then I will turn the chat over to our great moderator Kris.

Jim_Clemente: Hello Jill, I do have a very special guest. THE MAN who started it all. The father of FBI Profiling...JOHN DOUGLAS.

John_Douglas has joined.

jill: We are honored to have both of you with us this evening. Welcome John and thank you for being here tonight. When you are ready we will begin.

John_Douglas: Thank you Jill for having me. And thank you to everyone else who is joining us...

Hardkorr: Welcome to you both, it is an honor to have you here!

Jim_Clemente: We are ready... Thanks for joining us

Hardkorr: Jim, I would like to begin first with last night's episode. It was a great episode. Please tell us how you came up with your story idea.

Jim_Clemente: It was a combination of a tragic event in my life and a talk I gave in Jacksonville, Florida.. I was down at the beach working a case and they were doing a beach reclamation project. As I watched the sandy water being pumped out of the pipe on the beach, a worker waded in and pulled out a huge Megoladon's tooth. It struck me that it could have easily been a human skull. That coupled with the fact that My cousin was abducted and killed when I was a teenager. Her case has never been solved. Though I'm fairly certain I know which serial killer was in operation in that area at that time. He's in jail for 183 years so he's not hurting anyone else any more.

Hardkorr: Both of you must have a boatfull of stories to pull ideas from. I hear you two are working on a project together. What can you tell us about it?

John_Douglas: Jim and I are working on a new show for A&E called Profiler. We will be solving real cases in real time. We are working right now with several jurisdictions in the LA area to help them solve difficult and UnSub cases involving violent crimes.

Hardkorr: That sounds very interesting! What is the hardest challenge of putting together a profile and generally how long does it take to come up with one?

Jim_Clemente: A real profile takes anywhere from 15 minutes to 15 months... depending on the circumstances and the amount of information we have. In child abduction homicides, 44% are killed within the first hour, 75% in the first three hours and 99% in the first 24 hours. It wouldn’t make much sense spending a day developing a profile in that kind of case. So, when we get the info, we ask detailed and specific questions about the age, gender, and last known sittings and many times we can tell from that sketchy info, motive, Gender and Relationship of the offender. Also, Profiles always contain the caveat that they are based on the information available to date and are subject to change with additional information. How many times it changes and when that happens depends on what new info we receive. and how often new information develops. In the early days, the originators of the Unit only took cases that were absolutely dead. No more leads and no investigative avenues. Now we take cases in the first instant they are opened (child abductions, serial killers, for example) and we may constantly refine the profile all along the way. The most difficult part is balancing the need for all available information and the need to stop the offender from killing again.

Hardkorr: As viewers we realize that for the sake of entertainment there are liberties taken regarding the actual duties of the BAU. We’ve seen our heroes on tv kick down doors, tackle trucks, rush into fields, houses, etc. Is that an accurate portrayal of what a typical profiler does in the real world?

Jim_Clemente: Everyone in the FBI is trained in tactical as well as interviews and interrogations. In fact John was a SWAT team member and a Hostage Negotiator before he started the Profiling unit. We are all capable of and have in fact kicked in doors in our careers. However, when we are profiling we tend to use our brains more than we use our brawn. That said, on child abduction cases we race out to the site and we do whatever it is that we have to do to save the child and arrest and convict the offender. Then we move on to the next case... where ever that may be.

Hardkorr: John, what can you tell us about the BAU in it's infancy? How and why did you start such a unit?

John_Douglas: It started in 1977 with just me. Then when I finally got FBI HQ to hire more profilers, I had to train them myself. This is about a two year process. Then it's about 5 years before they are really able to fly solo. It was hard work but definitely worth it. Now, the Unit has about 30 Profilers. And they are able to help many more people every year.

Hardkorr: That's fantastic. You must be so proud!

John_Douglas: I am very proud of the people like Jim who have followed in my footsteps. They have taken a good concept and made it an institution.

Hardkorr: John, can I ask if you watch Criminal Minds? How close to they come to getting it right? It's probably much more cerebral and take more than an hour to solve a case but good a job do you think they do?

John_Douglas: They do a good job of portraying some of the difficulties of profiling and how much it can help law enforcement in situations where there isn't a great deal of forensic evidence.
They also show how important team work is to the process.

Hardkorr: The BAU has studied criminals that have died prior to arrest and also those that are incarcerated. How valuable is studying them once they are caught? How hard is it to sit and talk with a convicted serial killer? Do you look at them as people who did bad things or as evil beings?

Jim_Clemente: 1. Studying convicted serial offenders is the core of profiling. It forms the basis and foundation of what we do. 2. It is not hard at all. It is a challenge that is what we live for. We can learn form them so that others may not have to suffer. 3. We do not think of them as evil. If you elevate them to the position of being evil, then you put them on a higher plane then our human selves. We see them as criminals. People who have made choices to do very bad and cruel things. But just people. Nothing more.

Hardkorr: Once you’ve worked the job as long as you both did do you now profile everyone you meet? How does that affect your everyday life? Do you generally know when someone is lying? And what would your profile be of fans like us that are rather obsessed with a show like Criminal Minds?

Jim_Clemente: We are both well trained and experienced in detection of deception. We can't turn it off. But sometimes, to avoid destroying relationships, we have to bite our tongues from time to time.

EricaM has joined.

Hardkorr: Welcome Erica!

EricaM: hi guys! better late than never!

EricaM: technical issues. hi jimmy!

Jim_Clemente: Hey Erica!

John_Douglas: Hello Erica. Nice to have you here.

jill: Hi Erica.

EricaM: Hi there. Nice to be here. And hello JILL! Really a special treat to have both of you tonight. Don't let me slow you guys down. I'm just here to watch!

Hardkorr: Social media, the internet and the like has flourished the past decade. Has that helped the BAU or added a new class of serial killer? Also, do you think serial killers still on the loose use these types of technology to watch the publicity their crimes are getting and/or stay one step ahead of the law?

Jim_Clemente: The profile of fans who are "very intensely interested" in this show... The way I look at it is similar to Rubbernecking. For those who don't know what that means, it is when people pass a car accident and can not look away. They feel compelled to see exactly what happened. I believe this is a basic survival instinct. Our primitive brains tell us to look and memorize what we see so that this never happens to us. That is what happens on this show. I and the writers use the show to educate the audience about who the real bad guys are, What they do to people and how they get access to them. In effect we are helping to prevent the viewers from becoming victims themselves.

Jim_Clemente: Social media..... Has given serial killers a new and somewhat anonymous way to access potential victims. They can hunt, cull out vulnerable people and lure them in, all from the privacy of their own homes or cars or phones. They have a much greater reach than they ever had before...

Hardkorr: That's rather scary

Jim_Clemente: That said, it also gave us as law enforcement a way to infiltrate and track them so it is a double edged sword.

Hardkorr: Do you ever worry that Criminal Minds might be a feeding ground of ideas for potential serial killers? A copycat effecto so to speak.

Jim_Clemente: Actually, that is an issue I have discussed with the writers many times. It is why we changed the name of the drug we mentioned in Big Sea to Trilimide ( a made up drug). We do not want to give potential offenders any new ideas. Also, the kinds of things we focus on in the show are Behaviors that are intrinsic to that particular person. They are not the kinds of things they can change on a whim. Other shows may do that, but we stay away from forensics on Criminal Minds... Deliberately.

Hardkorr: This question goes back to Criminal Minds as a sort of survival guide... CM has taught many of us some valuable lessons regarding our own personal safety. Certainly it has taught us all to be more aware of our surroundings and the people around us. Situations we would never have imagined happening to normal people like ourselves. Prior to retiring from the BAU you were an advisor for the show. How involved were you in framing the lessons we’ve learned? Is there something you think we should all know that we may not know about how to keep ourselves, our schools and our communities safer?

Jim_Clemente: Great questions...

EricaM: *** jim is still our advisor ***** LUCKY US!

Jim_Clemente: I was very involved in shaping those messages. By giving training lectures to the writers and producers. I also was involved in breaking many of the stories. And adding profiling elements to each script. In fact Eddie B and Erica have both been extremely concerned about making sure that we teach only good lessons with the show. And I truly believe that they have done an excellent job of that all 6 seasons. To keep safer...Listen to your instincts. Your instincts are the one tool that you always have but don't always use. It is a culmination of all your experiences and all you have learned. It is a built in warning system that humans have that we are socialized away from relying on. It is a built in life saver. Cops learn to trust it. Military personnel live by it. All of them survive in much more dangerous situations than the average person, because the trust their instincts.

Hardkorr: The FBI website states that any aspiring FBI Special Agent should have 3 years prior work experience, what kind of work experience do you suggest an aspiring agent should do?

John_Douglas: In the BAU we've had members from all walks of life. Certainly investigative experience is very helpful. Any job that utilizes logic, interactions with people, organizational skills. Self-generator types of personalities. Leaders and people who are not afraid to be wrong. Who will do what ever it takes to get the job done and will never compromise thier values. Law, accounting and science are all great categories. Language as well. We've had rocket Scientists and Cancer Researchers. And school teachers and former Military. Law, accounting and science are all great categories. Language as well. Everyone should be a can do person and someone who loves interacting with people. that is one of the most important aspects of the job.

Hardkorr: Some people believe profiling isn’t a real science. What would you say to those people?

Jim_Clemente: Profiling is a combination of Art, Experience and Science...

Jim_Clemente: It is very similar to an internist in medicine. Much of it is not capble of empiracle study, but it is verified every day in the real world... in life and death situations. Not in a lab somewhere. It is tough to quantify it. But when a Profiler really knows his or her stuff, it is extremely obvious. They get results. They solve cases. They save lives.

John_Douglas: You can read more in my FAQ secton of my website: Thank you everyone for chatting with us.

jill: John and Jim, Thank you both so much for being here this evening. It has been truly an honor and we hope you both will come back soon. We want to hear all about your new project! Kris, I will take over for you when the men leave and Erica will be joining us as our guest. Thank you Kris for the great job.

Jim_Clemente: Yes, thanks for the great questions and especially for watching the show!!!!

Hardkorr: Thank you both for being here and sharing your experiences with us!

jill: Thank you for your years keeping us all safe

Jim_Clemente: Thank you. I'll definitely be back soon!!! It has been our honor... Bye Erica... See you soon.

EricaM: bye Jim and thank you and John for joining the chat!
Jim_Clemente: Any time...

Hardkorr: good night to you both

EricaM: Good night gentlemen!

Jim_Clemente has left.

jill: Okay lets switch gears and talk to our new show runner.

Erica’s chat begins

jill: Hi Erica!

EricaM: Hi!

jill: Thanks for setting up that chat for us. They are great.

EricaM: Oh my gosh, I'm so glad they were available! They're fantastic!

jill: While I was talking to them on the phone I was wondering if I was being profiled.

EricaM: I'm sure you were... they don't really switch it off!

jill: What are you looking forward to most for season 7?

EricaM: wow, great question. Having the band back together. I see that clearly... and my hope is that it comes to fruition.

jill: I think you'll have the whole crew back

EricaM: that's the hope. i just want to start telling more stories that we all love! To get into our heroes lives -- to laugh when we can. to see our team breathe and smile. did you guys like the hotch/rossi/jack soccer game last week?!

jill: That was fantastic

Hardkorr: I think that’s a given Erica

EricaM: it made me smile for days

jill: We need more of those moments

EricaM: I read your reactions... those moments are for you. And for Thomas who looks great, especially when he gets the chance to smile!

jill: We are doing pens for Garcia again this year so Kirsten can use them again in episodes. We want to start having fun again

EricaM: That's great. she'll love that. and so will we. Yes, we've got a clean slate. Looking forward to you all meeting the writing staff. We've got some great people coming to play. I try to write to the real-life jeopardy instead of who got shot in the dark?

jill: You wrote JJ which was a wonderful episode.

EricaM: I was so gutted when i wrote that and i think it came out on the page!

jill: And now we have JJ coming back and that is just sweet!

EricaM: During the read thru, AJ couldn't read the final quote so I read it but had tears in my eyes as i did. And we have our JJ back!!! yes!!!

scoutfinch75: More of a plea rather than a question... can we please have a Rossi storyline in season 7?

EricaM: yes yes yes! He has so many lives we can explore and we will!
outlawten: What do you think about the idea of having a Criminal Minds soundtrack? I know alot of us would love to see that happen! We're hoping to meet an ex-wife... done

RaniaC: now that AJ is back would you consider bringing Josh Stewart back for an episode? I think he's great!

EricaM: yes, JJ will be dealing with a lot this season. and her home life will be a part of that.

Cephalophile: Any chance we might see Gina or Anderson again? There are those of us who miss seeing them pop up from time to time. : )

EricaM: yes we want to bring back all of those "regulars"

raineinmd: In the early seasons there were some special effects done with the blue screen, it made giving the profile very cool. Any hope to bringing that special effect back?

0_Boot_Mod_Debbie: I loved that.

EricaM: Most likely... used sparingly.

Daisy: 1) will there be a conclusion to reid's heahaches in s7 2) when will be know for sure about paget coming back or not - thank you

robinotl: When do you start writing episodes for season 7... or have you already started?

EricaM: The writers room starts May 31. We've got some ideas floating around, but will start in earnest then.

klbutler219: Any possibility of Criminal Minds ever going international for an episode?

EricaM: I'd love to go international. we tried one year... maybe we can make it happen.

Hardkorr: Any theme yet for next season?

EricaM: Not quite the theme yet although we'll inherit some drama with hotch & jj being the 'secret keeper' of prentiss' "death"

Hardkorr: I so want to see that explored

CheetoBreath: me too!

Hardkorr: could make for great story-telling

EricaM: that'll be some drama -- especially after they all had their therapy sessions with hotch!

christyzachman: If a fan had an idea of a storyline for an episode for the show, would you consider it and how could they inform you of it?

EricaM: We're legally not allowed to hear story pitches -- it bums me out because my mom has them all the time and i'm like, "mom! I can't!"

00_watchmod_SSA_Carpenter: Going back to "to hell ... and back" are all those people in OPP uniforms actual police officers with the OPP?

EricaM: No but our amazing costumers sure do a great job, don't they?

jill: We have wanted to chat with them for years but they are shy!

EricaM: they are and they're BUSY. it's amazing

00_watchmod_SSA_Carpenter: Wow! That crest looked exact and everything!

EricaM: I'll see if they can do a chat earlier in the season

jill: Erica, We are going to say thanks now but if you have a second please give me a call

EricaM: Okay! Thanks you guys. See you soon!

jill: Goodnight and thank you to the mods


Thursday, May 12, 2011


Criminal Minds: Another great week of ratings for Criminal Minds!

FOX: "American Idol" (25 million, 13.9/21)/"Breaking In" (7.65 million, 4.4/7)
CBS: "Criminal Minds" (13.1 million, 8.6/13)
ABC: "Modern Family" (10.1 million, 6.1/9)/"Cougar Town" (6.1 million, 3.8/6)
NBC: "Minute to Win It" (4.3 million, 2.5/4)
The CW: "America's Next Top Model" (2 million, 1.4/2)

Wednesday, May 11, 2011


Criminal Minds: Shemar Moore has signed a new contract with ABC that doubles his salary and guarantees we won't go Morganless next season. Thomas Gibson still has no contract.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011


Criminal Minds spoiler thread for "Big Sea" starring Joe Mantegna, Thomas Gibson, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Kirsten Vangsness and Rachel Nichols.

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

Monday, May 09, 2011

'Criminal Minds' Joe Mantegna on show's changes: 'It's like life'

Criminal Minds: Joe Mantegna interview: Joe Mantegna is looking ahead to the next season of "Criminal Minds" as the current one winds down.

The typically grim CBS mystery series wraps up its sixth year Wednesday, May 18, with a touch of what's to come: Former cast regular A.J. Cook returns as Behavioral Analysis Unit member Jennifer "J.J." Jareau, and she'll be back full-time come fall. Paget Brewster's possible return as Agent Emily Prentiss largely depends on whether NBC picks up the actress' sitcom "My Life as an Experiment," which will be known next week.

Another "Criminal" change is in store with executive producers Edward Allen Bernero and Simon Mirren departing, and Erica Messer carrying on that job. Count on Mantegna continuing as FBI veteran David Rossi, though.

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Saturday, May 07, 2011


Criminal Minds: Jim Clemente, former FBI profiler, technical advisor and writer for Criminal Minds, will be joining us in the Criminal Minds Fanatic chat room to discuss Criminal Minds on Thursday, May 12th at 10pm EST. He may or may not be bringing a guest with him. More on that on Monday. Please email the Criminal Minds moderators for the password for this chat: AND make sure the subject line reads 'request password for the "Clemente Chat"

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

Monday, May 02, 2011


Criminal Minds spoiler thread for "Out of the Light" starring Joe Mantegna, Thomas Gibson, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Kirsten Vangsness and Rachel Nichol.

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

Sunday, May 01, 2011


Criminal Minds: Joe Mantegna, A.J. Cook and Kirsten Vangsness at the after party to celebrate Joe's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at Kress on April 29, 2011.


Criminal Minds: Shemar Moore, Kirsten Vangsness, Joe Mantegna, A.J. Cook and Rachel Nichols during Hollywood Walk of Fame induction ceremony honoring actor Joe Mantegna on April 29, 2011 in Hollywood, California.


Criminal Minds: EW cliffhanger spoiler:

With some key cast members of Criminal Minds still without contracts for next season (i.e., Shemar Moore and the beloved Thomas Gibson), exec producer Erica Messer has penned a cliffhanger for the May 18 finale that will nod to the team’s shaky future — but not with guns and explosions. It will tackle the financial realities of crime fighting — and possible cutbacks in BAU. “It’s a more authentic version of ‘Our team is in jeopardy,’ ” she says. “This instead is, ‘There could be big trouble here, hopefully not,’ but we need to at least acknowledge that it’s on the horizon.”
One thing that’s not uncertain? The team is going to face an extremely unsettling case about a domestic trafficking ring in the finale. “There’s a quote that sort of kicks off the episode, and it’s by a British novelist named Thomas Hardy, and it’s ‘And yet for every bad there’s a worst.’ That quote sort of sums up the episode and the kind of bad guys we deal with all the time,” says Messer. “[The victims] are sort of taken for a multi-purpose thing — when their time is done in this [trafficking] ring, they’re sort of killed in a spectator sport kind of way, which is really disturbing”

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CBS: We, the fans of Criminal Minds, find it both disturbing and inconceivable that Thomas Gibson and Shemar Moore, after months of active negotiations, still have no contract for season seven. What makes it even worse is that it comes on the heels of the firing then rehiring of A.J. Cook and the equally shabby treatment extended to Paget Brewster.

Criminal Minds has always been a cash cow for both ABC and CBS. Unlike many shows on TV today Criminal Minds' profit margin has increased every season and then there is the fact that it continually beats out the scripted competition in its time slot. It also has a much larger viewership than does the spin-off, which continues to receive sub-par ratings. CBS certainly can't be having financial troubles since Les Moonves' new contract is for over 57 million dollars.

Criminal Mind without Thomas Gibson or Shemar Moore is inconceivable and unacceptable to us and we ask that you please read the comments attached to this post before you make another one of our cast members endure the emotional slap in the face that you extended to our beloved actresses or worse, not bringing them back for season seven.



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