The cast and crew of Criminal Minds got a bit of a surprise earlier this week when they gathered for a script read of the show's upcoming season. As everyone prepped their parts, they noticed one thing was missing--the show's star.
Mandy Patinkin, who plays special agent Jason Gideon on the CBS drama, did not show up for the mandatory read-through, according to E! Online. Citing a pair of anonymous sources, the Web site says that Patinkin may no longer be with the show.
CBS has not issued a public statement on the matter, and The Hollywood Reporter speculates that a salary dispute may be at the heart of the standoff. (Note: CBS has in fact issued a statement. See below for update.)
Patinkin is a veteran of stage and screen, and has won an Emmy Award as Dr. Jeffrey Geiger on Chicago Hope and Tony Awards for ...Read more
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