Criminal Minds showrunner Erica Messer can sum up Season 9 in one word: backstories.
"That's our focus this year," she tells TVGuide.com. "We're telling backstories and origin stories. We want to give everybody some insight into our heroes because we give insight to the unsubs every week. We're going to hit 200 [episodes] and it feels like, 'Let's tell the audience things they never knew before.'"
That involves an old beau for Garcia (Kristen Vangsness), The Reaper (C. Thomas Howell) and Haley (Meredith Monroe) returning (but not from the dead), and filling in the blanks of JJ's (A.J. Cook) year in the State Department during Season 6 — with some help from new BAU section chief Matt Cruz (Esai Morales), with whom she worked there. What's the deal with those two? How does Garcia's ex come back into the picture? Get the scoop on the season below:
Laura Linney was presented with the Crystal Award for Excellence in Film Wednesday night at the annual Women in Film gala in Beverly Hills, but during her acceptance speech, Linney said that women still have a long way to go in the industry.
"As an actress in film, it is very easy to become isolated just due to the ratio of gender inequality that exists," Linney told the audience according to Deadline.
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[SPOILER ALERT: The following story contains spoilers about the Season 8 finale of Criminal Minds. Read at your own risk.]
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The BAU's season-long stalker, who's been duplicating the team's closed cases, will finally be revealed on Wednesday's two-hour Season 8 finale (9/8c, CBS), but fans already have a wild guess as to who the group's tormenter is.
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"I know a lot of people think it's [guest star] Mark Hamill, but can Luke Skywalker do this?" executive producer Erica Messer jokes to TVGuide.com. Hamill — who, lest we forget, voices The Joker on the animated Batman series ...
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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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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.
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If you found yourself rewinding to the beginning of last week's Criminal Minds episode after it finished, then you did exactly what the producers thought you'd do.
The episode closed with another ominous shot of the BAU's season-long unsub/stalker The Replicator going through photos of the team's closed cases. The final slide wasn't a photo, but a video of Blake (Jeanne Tripplehorn) teaching her linguistics class from the episode's opening, shot from the students' seats in the lecture hall.
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"Rick Dunkle wrote that episode ... and he pulled the director aside and said, 'We can't see that side of the classroom because people are going rewind ...
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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...
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