Edward Allen Bernero

Recent Role:

Man in Bar (uncredited) on Criminal Minds

Born:

8/29/1962, Chicago, Illinois

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  • Biography
  • Born on Chicago's North Side, Ed Bernero was a police officer for 10 years before becoming a television writer. He worked the midnight shift, and began writing when his wife, Barbara, and children were at work and school just to have something to do during the day. As he honed his skills, he began sending scripts to Hollywood. Although he was still a cop, an NBC executive read one of his scripts, called him and suggested he do a television spec.

    Ed moved his family to Los Angeles in October 1999, and began working on an episode of F/X: The Series in November. He then met with Steven Bochco and David Milch, and was asked to write an episode of NYPD Blue. He was then hired to write for Brooklyn South and subsequently worked as story editor for Trinity. When that show was canceled, John Wells asked him to collaborate on a new show - Third Watch.

    When Third Watch ended, Ed made a deal Paramount and received a script for Quantico, created by Jeff Davis, as part of the deal. After the pilot for the new show was filmed in Vancouver and the series, renamed Criminal Minds, was picked up by CBS, he became the showrunner after the second episode aired when Jeff Davis left the project.

    Bernero's most recent project was Partners,a pilot produced for ABC Studios and FTP Productions.moreless

    Gender:

    Male

    Birth Place:

    Chicago, Illinois

    Also Known As

    Ed Bernero

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (30)

    • Ed Bernero: (discussing women in crime dramas) When I was growing up, it was stuff like Mannix and Rockford Files where you had one man against the world. There was always this boy fantasy of 'I'm gonna be the hero.'

    • Ed Bernero: (discussing Criminal Minds with Diane Haithman, Deadline Hollywood, January 6, 2010) We are very different from those shows, because at our most procedural, our show is about character. Our show is about the character of the person committing the crime, so it's all a character study. It's all psychology and human motivation, so it's different from any other show. I've said numerous times that what's unique about our show is, in every other cop show, if they don't do their jobs, somebody might get away with a crime. In our show, if we don't do our jobs, more people are going to die. Every other show investigates crimes in the past. We investigate crimes in the future.

    • Ed Bernero: (comparing the team members of the BAU with Arthurian knights) That's what these guys are. They're battling the only real monsters we have left in the world.

    • Ed Bernero: (discussing Criminal Minds reaching its 100-episode mark) I honestly don't see a reason why we couldn't do 300 episodes. We still have things to explore with these characters. We're still having a great time.

    • Ed Bernero: (discussing how storytelling in Criminal Minds is different at its most basic level) We've never collected a fingerprint, we've never collected a bit of physical evidence. All we collect is character.

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    • Ed Bernero has teamed up with Munich-based Tandem Communications on a new one-hour action crime series set in Europe called Crossing Lines. The project follows a broken New York detective who finds unlikely redemption when an ex-colleague convinces him to join an elite unit of younger cops to hunt down Europe's most brutal criminals. The show will be set in Amsterdam and shot in Europe, with the story focusing on criminal cases that cross the continent's borders.

    • Nellie Andreeva (Deadline) announced on October 20, 2011, that Fox purchased a put pilot produced by Ed Bernero called The Punisher, which is a series adaptation of the Marvel comic book. Andreeva also stated Bernero had a high-concept spec called The Eye, a Western with a paranormal twist set in 1871 Arizona and centered on a team of Pinkerton Detectives who search for answers to unexplained phenomena.

    • Nellie Andreeva (Deadline) announced on October 20, 2011, that Fox purchased a put pilot produced by Ed Bernero called The Punisher, which is a series adaptation of the Marvel comic book. Andreeva also stated Bernero had a high-concept spec called The Eye, a Western with a paranormal twist set in 1871 Arizona and centered on a team of Pinkerton Detectives who search for answers to unexplained phenomena.

    • Nellie Andreeva announced on January 13, 2011, that ABC had picked up a new pilot from Criminal Minds executive producer/showrunner Ed Bernero called Partners, a police drama centered on two female police detectives who are fiercely loyal to one another since they are also secretly sisters.

    • It was announced by Nellie Andreeva on October 5, 2010 (Deadline Hollywood) that Ed Bernero would take over showrunner responsibilities for Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior. Ed also has three projects in development with ABC: a spec, which he wrote; The Box, which he is co-writing with Norman Morrill; and a third project written by Laurie McCarthy, which is still in negotiations.

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