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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