Mantegna added to Criminal Minds

CBS's FBI extravaganza Criminal Minds is known for its intriguing look into the psyche of demented killers, but the show has managed to save some of its drama for the off-season.

Lead Mandy Patinkin abruptly left the show in mid-July, citing "creative differences." This left a gaping hole in Minds, as Patinkin portrayed the drama's lead Jason Gideon.

Buzz was quiet on replacements until late last week, when rumors sprang up that Harvey Keitel was close to signing on to the show. That speculation was short-lived--Entertainment Weekly's online branch reports that Keitel's demands over creative control and perks crumbled negotiations.

It didn't take the show long to move on to its next candidate, as Criminal Minds has finally found its lead. The show's executive producer, Ed Bernero, announced on fan site Criminal Minds Fanatic late Friday that Joe Mantegna will be joining the cast. However, those looking for details on Mantegna's role will have to do their own investigating, as Bernero's succinct statement gave no clues.

"We are very excited to tell you all that Joe Mantegna is officially joining the cast of Criminal Minds," Bernero told the Web site. "Thanks for hanging with us, everyone."

In addition to a Tony-Award winning stint on Broadway, the busy Mantegna has been all over film and TV the last few decades, with appearances in The Godfather: Part III, USA's The Starter Wife, and Joan of Arcadia. Mantegna has also hidden behind the disguises of a few high-profile roles, including providing the voice of Fat Tony in The Simpsons and donning a moustache on Saturday Night Live as Bill Swerski, Chicago Bears superfan.

Criminal Minds is scheduled to enter its third season on September 26. For more information, check out TV.com's previous coverage.

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rkm0917: Don't know if you will get this, but the song was called "I'm Going Home." It's by Daughtry. As in Chris Daughtry, from American Idol. Hope that helps.
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Can anyone tell me what the song and artist which was played toward the end of the show when Joe Mantegna was taking Jason Gideon's name off the door? It sounded like "I'm going home"
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i don't know why mandy is going off this show now,he did the same thing at chicogo hope when he was there too.is he hard to get along with?
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This really disappoints me. I thought Mandy was perfect for this role. I loved him in "Dead Like Me". I don't believe any actor will be able to fill his shoes. it sucks. I hope mantegna pulls it off. Mandy was the main anchor to the cast. without him, it wont be the same.
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Didn't Mandy do something similar years ago with Chicago Hope??? Does anyone else notice a pattern of behavior with this guy??? It's like, I don't know, he has a lot of hissy fits or something when he doesn't get his way, then abruptly leaves the playground. I do like his acting, and will miss his character, but I have a sneaking suspicion that his "real life" personality is kind of like a loose cannon, so I wouldn't be surprised if the powers that be behind the show are glad to see him gone. I love the rest of the cast anyway (especially Garcia!!!) so I'm sure his replacement will do just fine.
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I think the show will be fine w/o Mandy. It won'tbe the same but i still think the show will make it w/o him.
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Boy, that's the 2nd character they have lost. The original cast was perfect just exactly like it was. They picked the perfect people for each part. They will never have a cast that perfect again.



I'll try watching a few times and give it a chance, but each time they lose a character, the show suffers. I sure hope they don't trash his character like they did Eli's to write him out of the show.
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It is a huge shame that Mandy has left, Gideon was an intergral part of the shows dynamic and it'll certainly be different without him in the new season. I can't say that it'll be better or worse yet, time will tell, but it's not enough to make me stop watching the show. At least I've still got Matthew Gray Gubler & Thomas Gibson to keep me going (or will they have "creative differences" soon too LOL!!) My only problem with situations like this is the writers not having the opportunity to write characters out in an efficient, credible and dramatic way - all we'll get is some scrambled bit of writing that frantically tries to explain Gideon's absence.
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I started watching the show because of Mandy Patinkin. He was really good in the show. I'm sure the show will sill be great with out him.
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Mandy's character was my favorite - it won't be the same! But that won't mean it won't be great... just different. I like Joe and I'm sure he will bring his own style to the part.
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Wow I've been out of the loop,never heard about him leaving til today.

2 seasons of dead like me, it's gets cancelled, now 2 seasons of Criminal minds and Mandy leaves!

Not sure if I'll continue to watch.
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Well Goodbye Mandy!!! Hello Joe, I think the show will be just as good. They made a fantastic choice. Can't wait for season 3.
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I Love the show and will miss Patinkin's Character Jason Gideon but I hope this guy works out. Not watching just because Patinkin left is an insult to the rest of the show and the brilliant cast. I remember Mantegna from Joan of Arcadia the few times I watched and he was good. Hopefully he will be as good for Criminal Minds.
Can't wait
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it still wont be the same
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Great choice, he should fit right in.
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excellant choice
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Patinkin, was awesome, he'll be missed. Reagarding his replacement, I was totally into Keitel, I would have loved to have seen the character he played in "National Treasure", join the BAU. Just hope Mantegna steps up to the challenge.
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I just can't imagine the show being the same!
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I think this is a good choice. He looks like a man with a history with the BAU. Looking forward to season 3.
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I'll give Joe a chance - you never know what he might bring to the show.
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Still not going to watch...
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