CBS has no shortage of procedural crime dramas on its roster--the CSI franchise alone is responsible for three hours of the genre a week by itself.
But even with crime-stopping programs littered all over television, they're consistently popular with viewers and pull in ratings no problem. So why not keep 'em coming?
CBS is currently toying with the idea of spinning off Criminal Minds, says EW.com. According to Minds executive producer Ed Bernero, "It's safe to say there will be something soon," that something being another program in the Criminal Minds universe. "We had talked about it from the beginning, but something always got in the way of it happening," he says, noting the departure of Mandy Patinkin and the crippling writers' strike.
The main details of the proposed show are still way, way up in the air, but Bernero is looking toward the source material--the FBI--as ...Read more
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 ...Read more
Mandy Patinkin shocked television land when it was announced he would not be returning to Criminal Minds. The actor will no longer portray the show's main character Jason Gideon, and reasons for his departure are still speculative (CBS claims contract negotiations had nothing to do with his leaving).
But as the old adage goes, "the show must go on," even if Patinkin isn't along for the ride. But who, if anyone, will replace Patinkin?
According to The Hollywood Reporter, CBS is in talks to bring in another well-seasoned actor in to fill the empty shoes. The network is allegedly in discussions with Harvey Keitel to join the FBI drama.
Keitel's main body of work consists of films, including a few memorable stints in a pair of Quentin Tarantino movies, Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs. There were no details about Keitel's prospective role in Criminal Minds, but ...Read more
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
It’s a big year for the CM cast. AJ Cook had her baby boy, and now Kirsten Vangsness is engaged to marry her beautiful girlfriend, Melanie Goldstein. People Magazine broke the happy news and quotes Kirsten as saying:
I never thought I would want to do it. Then when you meet the person, you’re like, ‘I want to marry you. I don’t care if there’s a law against it!
I hate that there are laws against marriage - it seems ridiculous to me. Anyway, laws or no, our Kirsten will be a beaming bride. Melanie is a producer of 24 and popped the question to our Garcia - hopefully they can find some time from their busy work schedules to have their southern wedding. Should be fun - and I hope they let us see some pictures. Read more
The Behavioral Analysis Unit consists of an elite team of FBI profilers who analyze the country's most twisted criminal minds and anticipate their next moves before they can strike again. Criminal Minds stars Thomas Gibson as Unit Chief Aaron Hotchner, Joe Mantegna as Senior Supervisory Special Agent David Rossi, Paget Brewster as Supervisory Special Agent Emily Prentiss, Shemar Moore as Supervisory Special Agent Derek Morgan, Matthew Gray Gubler as Supervisory Special Agent Dr. Spencer Reid, A.J. Cook as Supervisory Special Agent Jennifer "JJ" Jareau and Kirsten Vangsness as Analyst Penelope Garcia.moreless