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'Criminal Minds': Michelle Trachtenberg stalks guest role -- EXCLUSIVE

Michelle Trachtenberg is scary good at playing unhinged people (Georgina Sparks, anyone?) and Criminal Minds has taken notice!

The show, currently in its eighth season, has booked Trachtenberg for an upcoming guest spot in which she plays a stalker who goes haywire after being denied a job. Bonus scoop: I’m told this episode will prominently feature Reid’s new love interest. (And no, it’s not Trachtenberg!)


Mandy Patinkin on 'Criminal Minds': 'I never thought they were going to kill and rape all these women every night'

Homeland star Mandy Patinkin’s biggest career regret? Appearing on CBS’s Criminal Minds for two seasons, from 2005-2007, before his abrupt departure.

“The biggest public mistake I ever made was that I chose to do Criminal Minds in the first place,” the actor told New York magazine. “I thought it was something very different. I never thought they were going to kill and rape all these women every night, every day, week after week, year after year. It was very destructive to my soul and my personality. After that, I didn’t think I would get to work in television again.”

While his current project, Homeland, is quite violent as well, Patinkin tells New York he sees the two shows differently. “I’m not making a judgment on the taste [of people who watch crime procedurals],” he says. “But I’m concerned about the effect it has. Audiences all over the world use this programming as their bedtime story. This isn’t what you need to be dreaming about. A show like Homeland is the antidote. It asks why there’s a need for violence in the first place.”

UPDATE: Below is a statement released to EW from Criminal Minds‘ executive producer, Erica Messer:

Criminal Minds is about the heroes who protect men, women and children everyday. Mandy is an outstanding actor and we wish him continued success with Homeland.”

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'Criminal Minds': Thomas Gibson to direct! -- EXCLUSIVE

Huge treat for Criminal Minds fans: EW has learned star Thomas Gibson will soon be stepping behind the camera for an episode in the show’s upcoming eighth season.

This will mark the first time Gibson has sat in the director’s chair on the CBS drama, but not his first time playing director. He previously helmed two episodes of Dharma & Greg, a show on which he starred opposite Jenna Elfman.

“Really looking forward to finally telling everyone what to do,” Gibson tells EW. “Riding crop, monocle and bullhorn at the ready…! Just kidding, honestly I really look forward to flexing my artistic muscles on the set and I’m so grateful for this amazing opportunity. ”

The episode, written by CM producer/scribe Rick Dunkle, will likely be a juicy one for Gibson’s character Hotch, too. Executive producer Erica Messer tells EW that Hotch’s brother (Eric Johnson), who was last season in season 1, is set to appear in the episode. “It’s about time we go there again,” she says.

Gibson joins co-star Matthew Gray Gubler on the list of CM cast members who have taken a shot at directing. Gubler has directed three episodes.

Criminal Minds returns Sept. 26 on CBS.

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The NCIS team has been through a lot of tough times together — but could the aftermath of last year’s finale explosion include some deep emotional and psychological consequences? That’s what one guest star will be tasked with finding out in the second episode of the upcoming tenth season. “A head-shrinker is coming to assess the mental status of our people,” star Michael Weatherly reveals. “And I don’t think anyone on this team should ever get looked at too closely by a psychiatrist.” READ FULL STORY

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Ready for some more neat infos I gathered while in Los Angeles for TCA? I’ll take your silence as a resounding YES! Thanks as always for your questions. Got as many as I could in this week and everyone else should check back next week!  And if you didn’t send any, tisk. Get with it: or find me on Twitter: @EWSandraG. (Tonight, most tweets will be Olympics related. Just a warning.) READ FULL STORY

Ex-'Criminal Minds' star Paget Brewster books 'Law & Order: SVU' gig

Paget Brewster is taking crime-fighting ways to NBC.

The former Criminal Minds star, who left her post on the CBS procedural at the end of the last season, is set to guest star on Law & Order: SVU. She will play the head of the D.A.’s Public Integrity Unit, which is tasked with handling the case against Capt. Cragen (Dann Florek), who is suspected of murder. She will appear in the show’s two-hour season premiere, airing Sept. 26.

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'Criminal Minds' scoop: Jeanne Tripplehorn replaces Paget Brewster

Jeanne Tripplehorn will join Criminal Minds on CBS this fall as a series regular.

Tripplehorn replaces Paget Brewster, who left the procedural drama this year after seven seasons. “We’re thrilled to have Jeanne Tripplehorn join our team as a profiler,” said Executive Producer Erica Messer in a statement. “Her character will be introduced in the premiere. It’s an exciting way to start season 8.”

For five seasons, Tripplehorn starred in HBO’s Big Love. She also played Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy in the HBO film “Grey Gardens,” for which she was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2009. More recently, she had a multi-episode role on Fox’s New Girl.

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'Criminal Minds': Joe Mantegna on tonight's eye-opening, Rossi-centric episode

After five years of playing agent David Rossi on Criminal Minds, there’s still a lot Joe Mantegna doesn’t know about him. But tonight’s episode, which finds Rossi flashing back to a long-time open case, helped fill in a few blanks.

In the episode, Rossi and the rest of the BAU find themselves in front of a group of college students, chronicling a serial killer case that spans 20 years. “The episode helped me define where he was and where he’s going,” says Mantegna. “We see a little more of that cocky attitude that was in him when he was younger. H was a guy who did it all his own way and was not tolerant — a loose cannon.”

Going back in time took a little magic from the makeup team — and the results were more than impressive. In fact, for Mantegna’s wife, they were almost a little too convincing. “It’s funny, I took a picture on my cell phone and texted it to my wife to see what reaction I’d get and she said, ‘Wow, I don’t remember this photo. Where were we? Did I take it?’” he says with a laugh. “We’ve been together over 35 years. They had my wife convinced it was a photo from 15 to 20 years ago. That was fun.” READ FULL STORY

EW's season finale calendar

Each year, the month of May brings the promise of warmer weather, the start of big summer movies…and the torturous, agonizing time when we have to bid farewell to our favorite primetime characters. TV addicts that we are, we feel your pain. So to curb the stress, we’ve put together a master list of when your beloved shows will be signing off.  Grab your remotes and ready those DVRs as we present this year’s finales: READ FULL STORY

'Criminal Minds' boss: I begged Paget Brewster to stay. Plus, scoop on Emily's 'proper exit'

Less than a year after the team’s reunion on Criminal Minds, fans were told months ago that one of the show’s staple players, Paget Brewster, who plays Emily Prentiss, would be leaving the show at the end of the current season — her second exit from the show in so many years.

While fans were certainly shocked by the announcement, no one was more crushed than executive producer Erica Messer. “I was devastated, and I begged her not to go,” Messer says with a slight laugh. “It’s such a different feeling, though, knowing that this is Paget’s decision. And I think all of us — the fans, the cast and crew who know and love her —[feel] like if that’s what she needs to do, we have her back and support her.”

The same could be said for the rest of the team’s reaction to Prentiss’s exit, Messer adds. When penning the season finale, airing as a two-hour event on May 16, Messer says she wanted to write an exit for the character that somewhat reflected Brewster’s situation. “[Emily's] listening to her gut in the last episodes,” she says. “The conversations that Prentiss is having with the team were the ones I had with Paget, basically.” READ FULL STORY

'Gossip Girl,' 'Criminal Minds,' 'Grimm,' 'Vampire Diaries': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

This has been such a busy week in TV Land that I’ve completely neglected my backlog of Draw Something games. In case you didn’t know how much I care, now you do. (And if you didn’t know how much I rarely interact with real people, you now also know that, too.)

So without further ado, here are the offerings this week: Gossip Girl finale teases, dish on one of Morgan’s best episodes yet on Criminal Minds, some goodies for Grimm fans, and much, much more.

If your question didn’t sneak in this week, please keep sending them along. ( I’ll try to fit you in next week. Also, continue sending me your random theories and ponderings. They’re highly entertaining (even if I can’t include them all here). Until next time!

I LOVE Gossip Girl fans. Not only because they are a passionate bunch (I like your pluck!), but they are among the most active question askers here at Spoiler Room. So as a thanks: Here are three of your questions answered straight from executive producer Josh Safran.

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Yes. But the Chuck/Blair/Dan-centric portion of my convo with Safran was so good, I’ll share it with you in a separate story FIRST thing Monday. Cool? And no, this answer doesn’t count against the three fan questions. It’s more of an FYI. :) READ FULL STORY

'Criminal Minds' scares up guest spots for Robert Englund and a 'Buffy' alum -- EXCLUSIVE

As if the real-life crimes featured on Criminal Minds weren’t enough to give you a scare, the show has lined up a  former nightmare stalker and an ex-vampire for guest spots in the show’s 19th episode, to be directed by series star Matthew Gray Gubler.

EW has learned exclusively that Robert Englund, known best for his turn as Freddy Krueger in A Nightmare on Elm Street, is set to play Det. Gassner, who helps the team at the BAU with a case involving a string of ritualistic murders in Oregon. And Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘s Juliet Landau (that’s Drusilla to you Whedonites) will play the ghost (yes, a ghost) of a former actress named Catherine Heathridge, who had a psychotic break as a young woman. READ FULL STORY

Paget Brewster leaving 'Criminal Minds'

After seven seasons on CBS’ Criminal Minds, Paget Brewster is leaving — and it sounds like it’s for good this time.

EW has confirmed the actress will wrap up her time on the series after this season. ( first reported.) Brewster, who plays the role of Emily Prentiss, said via her Twitter account that deciding to leave the show was “hard choice.” She adds: “I love everyone at CM and the fans! I just couldn’t ignore my gut feeling. It’s time for something new.”

Last March, Brewster’s character exited the show but a window was left open for a return when it was revealed that her character had faked her death. This season, she — along with costar A.J. Cook — both returned to the show full-time, pleasing longtime fans who had been critical of the pair’s respective departures.

Just last month, executive producer Erica Messer told EW that she was hopeful Brewster and costar Matthew Gray Gubler would be retained next season, which has not yet been officially announced, as both were in the process of renegotiating their contracts. “This year I’m doing a lot of hopeful thinking,” Messer said of planning the two-hour finale. “The studios and network have stood behind us and said how much we mean to them and how much they love our show. I feel really strongly that we’ll be able to have this team back together again because it’s obvious they work well together. We’ve had one of the strongest seasons we’ve ever had this year and a huge, huge part of that is because all of our actors are here.” It is not yet known if Gubler will return.

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