Criminal Minds

2005, TV Show


Cheers: You Do Know Jack!

Cheers to Jack McGee for resuscitating his career post-Rescue Me. The fireplug character actor killed himself as Chief Jerry Reilly on FX's drama — then committed potential career suicide by publicly trashing costar-cocreator Denis Leary for the plot twist. Yet McGee has continued working steadily with guest shots on CSI, CSI: Miami and now Criminal Minds' season finale. As a hard-nosed NYPD detective, the real-life FDNY vet proved he's equally adept at playing New York's Finest as well as New York's Bravest. He's truly a Jack of all trades.• Share your own raves and rants about other shows on the Reader Cheers & Jeers discussion board.• We may feature your Cheer or Jeer on or in TV Guide magazine! read more

Criminal Minds' Finale Promises a "Cannot Miss" Cliff-hanger

Criminal Minds by Karen Neal/ABC

In tonights Criminal Minds finale 9 pmET CBS the BAU team heads to New York City on the trail of a Son of Samlike serial killer or is there more than one Thats not the only question JJ AJ Cook makes a fateful pregnancy decision Hotch Thomas Gibson discovers he has an admirer and Morgan Shemar Moore ponders leaving to run the New York office And in the explosive cliff-hanger one of our team is going to be severely injured and [viewers will] have to wait all summer to find out who it was says exec producer Ed Bernero If you care about these people you cannot miss the last 30 seconds read more

A Junior for Criminal Minds' J.J.

A.J. Cook by Monty Brinton/CBS

Criminal Minds Jennifer JJ Jareaus life will soon hit a bump a baby bump AJ Cook returned from the writers strike with more than just an eagerness to get back to work She and husband Nathan Anderson found out she was pregnant with their first child while she was shooting the movie Misconceptions in which she plays a surrogate mother Shes very Method cracks Minds exec producer Ed BerneroBernero and his staff immediately began rewriting scripts to plant a romantic backstory for JJ The way this show works we couldnt really hide it says Bernero All seven of them walk into rooms together all the time so it really was a no-brainer Well we better get her a boyfriend So in the April 30 episode the BAU team once again crosses paths with Det William LaMontagne Jr Dirts Josh Stewart who flirted with JJ during a jaunt to New Orleans in February 2007 There was a connection between the two of them right away Cook says Apparently weve been read more

Please tell me why anyone ...

Question: Please tell me why anyone involved with Criminal Minds or CBS would find it appropriate to air an episode about a teenage killer on a murderous rampage ("Elephant's Memory," April 16) on the first anniversary of the Virginia Tech massacre! I find this deeply insensitive and offensive. I know you have previously addressed the gratuitous violence and gore on this show, but are you surprised a network or show (I don't know who is at fault for something like this) would stoop so low? Shame on them for pouring salt in the wounds of grieving families, and God bless all those affected by the tragedy at Virginia Tech! Answer: Nothing ever shocks me anymore where Criminal Minds is concerned, except for the high number of people who tune in each week, seemingly immune to its heinous mediocrity. Given the sensitivities surrounding the anniversary of that tragedy, I am somewhat surprised that CBS didn't either pull the episode or even the show for that week. But am I truly shocked ... read more

Cheers: Criminal Minds Gets Personal

Nicholas Brendon by Monty Brinton/CBS

Cheers to Criminal Minds for investigating its characters' private lives. The CBS hit's relentless parade of serial killers can grow wearying, so it's nice to spend time with the BAU crew off the job, even if the subplots aren't always happy (witness Hotch's painful divorce and Garcia getting shot by a date). Buffy alum Nicholas Brendon's recurring role as Garcia's computer-geek boyfriend has provided some much-needed comic relief, and — spoiler alert! — there's going to be a huge development for J.J. soon (hint: A.J. Cook is pregnant in real life). These personal storylines offer the show's appealing ensemble a chance to do more than go through the procedural motions. Good thing, because the Minds cast would be a terrible thing to waste.• For more Cheers & Jeers, check out the new vodcast.• Share your own raves and rants about other shows on the Reader Cheers & Jeers discussion board.• We may feature your Cheer or Jeer on or in TV Guide ... read more

Ratings: Top Model, CBS Dramas Looking Good

Criminal Minds courtesy CBS

Wednesday's numbers:8 pm/ETMoment of Truth topped the hour with 10 million total viewers, on par with last week. America's Next Top Model surged 610K to hit a season high of 4.08 mil.9 pmIdol dipped 1.25 mil to 24.17 mil. Criminal Minds returned to an audience of 12.8 mil, an exact match for its last fresh outing. 10 pmCSI: NY was welcomed back by 12.84 mil, on par with its season average. Trailing a CI repeat, Men in Trees (5.5 mil) inched down another 110 thou. read more

Jason Lee Teases "Exciting" Times for Earl

Jason Lee by Albert L. Ortega/

You can't blame Jason Lee and Matthew Gray Gubler for being a little bleary Thursday night at the DVD release of Alvin and the Chipmunks. (Jason plays Dave, while Matthew voices bespectacled Chipmunk Simon.) Lee had just come from the set of My Name Is Earl, and was a bit fuzzy when asked what's in store when the show returns April 3. One tease he did spill was that guest star Alyssa Milano is back as his very pregnant wife in what looks like a '60s-inspired fantasy sequence. "Yeah, it's all sort of an imagined side of the story. You'll understand why when the season resumes," said Lee. Also dropping by the episode is, of course, Paris Hilton. "It'll probably be the most exciting thing on television since... forever," Lee smiled. "So look forward to it!" After a shorter-than-usual break, the Earl cast will start work on Season 4, which will air in the fall.Criminal Minds' Gubler is also working overtime on the CBS drama's set: "I haven't eaten all day," he explained as he munched on... read more

Criminal Minds

Returns Wednesday April 2 at 9 pmET CBSNumber of new episodes 7Where we left off Following the departure of Gideon Mandy Patinkin David Rossi Joe Mantegna came out of retirement to rejoin the FBIs Behavioral Analysis Unit and rubbed some of his coworkers the wrong way Garcia got shot by a psycho date but survived and returned to work The job took a toll on Hotch whose wife left himWhats next Were gonna blow out of the gate with three or four surprises says exec producer Ed Bernero Were going to use these seven episodes to really set up next season Stories coming up will involve an unsolved case that Rossi has carried around for 20 years develop new romances and turn up the tension for the soon-to-be-divorced HotchnerWatch video clips | Photos | More Returning Favorites coverage | Get a preview of CSI NY read more

Is Nicholas Brendon going to ...

Question: Is Nicholas Brendon going to return to Criminal Minds this season?

Answer: Yep, he's onboard for at least two more episodes, the first of which airs April 2.

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Jeers: No New Runway? That's Criminal!

Janice Dickinson courtesy Oxygen Media

Jeers to CBS and Bravo for snubbing viewers with ill-timed reruns of Criminal Minds and Project Runway. After advertising a new episode of Minds guest-starring Joe Mantegna's real-life daughter, Gina, the network pulled it at the last minute in favor of a repeat of Joe's debut from October. (For this, we can blame — all together now — the ongoing writers' strike.) And while I can understand why Bravo wouldn't want to waste a fresh Runway during the week between Christmas and New Year's, why air a rerun on December freaking 19th? Good thing I had The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency on my DVR or else I would've suffered serious fashionista withdrawal!• Read and react to Bruce's opinions on The Unit, NBC's Clash of the Choirs and more!• Share your own raves and rants about other shows on the Reader Cheers & Jeers discussion board.• We may feature your Cheer or Jeer on or in TV Guide magazine! read more

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Premiered: September 22, 2005, on CBS
Rating: TV-14
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Premise: A procedural thriller about the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit, which profiles criminals to solve crimes. The ensemble drama relies on the diversity of the team, which includes a young genius and a seasoned leader tortured by a past case. Unlike other crime dramas that focus on science, this series is very cerebral and almost Holmesian in its deductive analysis of the crimes and their perpetrators.



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