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Keck's Exclusives First Look: Criminal Minds Explores J.J.'s Gap Year

A.J Cook and Esai Morales

Criminal Minds' ninth season, premiering Sept. 25, "is shaping up to be the season of J.J.," reports A.J. Cook of her character, who was written out of the CBS procedural during Season 6. (Fan backlash led to Cook's rehiring for Season 7.) "We're going to use the serendipitous gift of Season 6 to explain with flashbacks what happened when she was working for the Pentagon and why she came back as a much tougher character. I've never had a chance to flex my acting muscles like this on the show!"

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Exclusive: Esai Morales Joins Criminal Minds as New Section Chief

Esai Morales

The BAU has a new boss.

NYPD Blue and Caprica star Esai Morales has joined Criminal Minds as the new BAU section chief, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.

Morales will recur as ...
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CBS Renews Criminal Minds for Ninth Season

Shemar Moore, Thomas Gibson and Joe Mantegna

Unsubs, beware! Criminal Minds' BAU team is back.

CBS has renewed the procedural drama for a ninth season, TVGuide.com has confirmed. It was a just a matter of time, since just last week, showrunner Erica Messer signed a new two-year deal with ABC Studios, which produces the series.

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Mega Buzz: A Grey's Affair and Deaths on Criminal Minds and Vampire Diaries

Jessica Capshaw, AJ Cook, Candice Accola

Every week, editors Adam Bryant and Natalie Abrams satisfy your need for TV scoop. Please send all questions to mega_scoop@tvguide.com or tweet them to @adam_bryant or @NatalieAbrams.

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Criminal Minds: Which Stars Might Be Leaving?

Kirsten Vangness and AJ Cook

There has been some real-life drama lately surrounding Criminal Minds. While the CBS procedural has yet to be renewed, several cast members have received final contract offers, but two stars have turned them down, Deadline reports. read more

Criminal Minds’ Showrunner Signs New Deal — Is a Renewal Next?

Erica Messer

Criminal Minds is one step closer to a ninth season.

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Criminal Minds' Thomas Gibson on Directorial Debut: "It Was So Much Fun"

Ken Olin, Thomas Gibson

Thomas Gibson was prepared for the worst. The Criminal Minds star makes his series directorial debut with Wednesday's episode and had a way easier first day than he expected.

"I was hoping for some of [the actors] to give me a hard time, but no one did!" he tells TVGuide.com. "But [joking aside], everyone was great and extremely supportive of me, which certainly made the whole experience even better."

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It's an experience that's been years in the making. Gibson, who's the show's second cast member to direct after Matthew Gray Gubler ("he's very good," Gibson says), had always wanted ...
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Criminal Minds' Matthew Gray Gubler on Directing "Magic Realism" and Reid's First Date Ever

Matthew Gray Gubler

Wednesday's Criminal Minds is the fourth episode Matthew Gray Gubler has directed — and the episode itself might not have even been made if he hadn't directed his first three.

"The whole impetus behind this story is very bizarre and when the network heard that I was directing this one and they knew that the last one I did was slightly strange and worked, they gave us the go-ahead," Gubler, who plays Reid, tells TVGuide.com. "They were like, 'We trust your writing. We trust Matthew's directing and we're going to let you do this crazy thing. Good luck.' That was the sign-off. I felt I had a little favorable ...
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Criminal Minds: 7 Clues About the Season-Long Unsub, Reid's Girlfriend and More

Matthew Gray Gubler

Criminal Minds has not one, but two ongoing mysteries this season — and showrunner Erica Messer didn't even realize it.

"I didn't really think about that until now!" she tells TVGuide.com. "But I guess it's true. We've got a good mystery with Reid's girlfriend and a scary mystery with the season-long unsub. We didn't really plan for it this way, but they both just sort of worked out for this season."

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Indeed, producers have been pitching a season-long unsub story line to CBS for years to no avail. "I think they were just more willing this time," Messer says. "Whereas before, other shows were based on that premise on the network. The Mentalist is based on... read more

Criminal Minds Flashes Back to Rossi's Military Past: "It's Been a Long Time Coming"

Meshach Taylor and Joe Mantegna

When Joe Mantegna joined Criminal Minds in Season 3, he had two requests.

"We started talking about story lines and two things I brought up immediately were: I would like to someday explore the fact that [Rossi has] had three wives. Let's have at least one appear. And the other thing was... read more

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