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CBS defends 'Criminal Minds' against violence slam


CBS defended its oft-criticized gory crime drama Criminal Minds in the wake of the recent school shooting in Connecticut.

Talking to a huddle of reporters at the network’s press tour session in Pasadena on Saturday, CBS entertainment president Nina Tassler was asked about violent content on the long-running show. Specifically, one reporter referenced NBC entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt saying last weekendCriminal Minds is worse than [Showtime’s] Dexter ever was” in terms of violence.

“It’s a much-maligned show,” Tassler said of Minds. “I happen to enjoy the show. It’s not for everybody. It’s an adult show. It’s a suspense thriller. And within that it’s also a character crime procedural. It’s given an appropriate rating. I don’t let my [14-year-old] kid watch it. I do. It’s a genre show … I think we’re making a huge mistake — and I’d say it to Bob to his face — to let any of the [violence] conversation devolve into ‘my show vs. your show.’ This is a much bigger issue.” READ FULL STORY

'Criminal Minds' star Matthew Gray Gubler previews tonight's episode: Viewers will see Reid 'in a way you’ve never seen before'

Tonight’s episode of Criminal Minds marks the fourth time star Matthew Gray Gubler has stepped behind the camera for the show — and he’s happy to report that these days, he’s quite comfortable sitting in the director’s chair.

“It sounds like I’m cocky — I’m not a cocky fella — but they’ve all been really easy in that I like directing and I know what I’m doing, so it’s great,” says Gubler.

And he enjoys the process even more when in the chance to do something unique with his episode — as he did in this one, which features the team on the tail of a killer with strange “ritualistic” tendencies. “The ones before have been off the beaten path and worked. So [this time] we had even more opportunity to be unique, which made it fun,” says Gubler, who will direct another episode later this season. READ FULL STORY

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Hope your holidays are filled with glee (and Glee?) so far, Roomies.

Thanks as always for your great questions and keep ‘em coming! ( And while you do that, I’ll continue working on my application to be the Royal Nanny. #dreams


'Criminal Minds' boss teases emotional Rossi episode and [spoiler!]'s return

Bones isn’t the only one putting the spotlight on veterans this November.

On next week’s episode of Criminal Minds, Joe Mantegna’s Rossi is going to take centerstage in an episode that will find Rossi reconnecting with someone from his military past and will flash back to his days in Vietnam. “[We tell] the origin story of Rossi — not as an FBI profiler — but as the man we know today,” says executive producer Erica Messer of the episode. “It’s a special episode for Joe. He’s been asking us to do a story on homeless veterans, and we’ve never had the real estate to do it [until now].”

Finding moments of lightness — and touching stories — under the blanket of grizzly murder cases is not always easy, but Messer says revels in the opportunities. Case in point: In tonight’s episode, resident genius Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler) steps out of his comfort zone to help Morgan (Shemar Moore) after the FBI’s softball team finds itself one man down. (Hint: He’s recruited as a bench-warmer but likely won’t stay one…) “Any time we can do those moments, I love it,” she says. “And the cast enjoys it too because it’s not a regular thing for us.”

What’s more common is seeing the team take on the country’s most gruesome foes. And yes, there’s plenty of that coming up, too. (Who ordered the bus full of high school-aged hostages? That one airs right before Thanksgiving.)

But the biggest burning question among fans as of late: When will the Replicator, who made his debut in the season premiere, make another appearance? Messer reports: “You’ll see him sprinkled until episode 16, but when that one rolls around, it’s game on.”

More immediately, look for another unmasking to happen soon: As EW told you earlier this week, there will be major reveals about Reid’s mysterious lady friend before the end of the calendar year — and that includes her true identity.

Read more Criminal Minds scoop here.

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It is trying times for some here on the east coast, but as many have said much more eloquently this week, we soldier on.

Here’s some scoop. I hope it makes you smile no matter where you live.

Castle is doing its first Christmas episode! And while I was chatting with executive producer Andrew Marlowe about Castle’s slate of November episodes, I made sure to ask him about this hotly anticipated hour, which will be the show’s last new episode of 2012 (aka: midseason finale).

Per the boss, the “charming and heartfelt” episode will chronicle Castle and Beckett’s first Christmas as a couple. “We’ll see the pressures of that and what each of their personal traditions are and how those might clash — and complement each other,” says Marlowe. Meanwhile, fans to see Christmas through the eyes of lots of our precinct faves. “[We’ll see] what Esposito is doing for Christmas, what Lainey is doing for Christmas — and what they may or may not be doing together, and Ryan is having a little Christmas crisis of his own,” he says.

There’s also a Santa falling from the sky (Marlowe jokes that we should not to watch with Santa-loving children “unless you want to have to explain some stuff”) and a gift exchange to remember. Oh, and those of you claiming it’s time for the Ryan family to expand? “We certainly plant some seeds about that in the Christmas episode,” he teases.

You learned earlier today that Michelle Trachtenberg is going to go crazy on Criminal Minds! (You’re welcome.) But what I’m sure especially caught your eye was the tidbit where I told you that the episode would delve deep into Reid’s mystery woman. An additional nugget? It’s one of TWO upcoming episodes that will introduce us to this yet-unseen woman a bit more. (The identity of the actress is still a technical secret, but I can tell you that I have seen correct guesses.)

Executive producer Erica Messer tells me that episode 10 and 12 — the latter has Trachtenberg — will both inform audiences about who this woman is and show us a bit more of her unique relationship with Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler). (Also, she will be unmasked!) “Episodes 10 and 12 are the really big ones for [audiences] to see this character who we all know and love actually feel emotion for another person in a way that is not typical of him,” she says. “I think what we’ve all promised you guys is that it’s not going to be a typical love story or anything we’ve seen on this show. And I think Matthew would argue that you haven’t seen a story like this at all.”

In both episodes, she adds, the show will follow up in the information audiences learned in episode 4 — that the mysterious character is “running from someone and something.” And naturally, Messer teases, “her journey collides with the team.”


Guys, I just can’t with AHS. I mean, I can. I do. I watch. I love. But last week almost made me sick.

Luckily, there’s a little less gross-out in the next two episodes and a lot of developments. (Mind you, there are still some gross-out moments.) For a taste of what’s to come: Who’s up for a game?

+ This week, [character] will [spoiler] with [character] in the kitchen.
+ Did we know that [character] knows about [character]’s evil deeds? I don’t think we did…
+ [Character] is going to try to [spoiler] [character]!! [Her or she] might succeed…
+ Two patients will be outside Briarcliff’s walls sooner than we think. But there’s a twist…
+ As EW told you first, this week, you’ll be introduced to a character named Anne Frank (Franka Potente). (Don’t scoff, watch.) Along with making crazy accusations about [character], she’ll have [character] questioning [his or her] sanity.

'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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Happy Friday, nuggets! (Don’t ask; it just felt right.)

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


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