Criminal Minds

2005, TV Show


OK, I love Ask Ausiello, but ...

Question: OK, I love Ask Ausiello, but what's up with you not even hinting at two deaths that occurred these past two weeks? First, there was Hector on The Unit. And now Garcia on Criminal Minds? I can't believe that there was no hint whatsoever about these deaths! I wish you would have given us some sort of heads-up, even if you didn't tell us who.

Answer: Oh, but there was a hint, Mel. A big one, written between the lines. Maybe you missed it? (And Garcia ain't dead.)

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Ratings: Criminal Minds Leaves Addison Hanging

Shemar Moore in Criminal Minds by Craig Sjodin\ABC Studios/CBS

Lots to talk about with this Wednesday's ratings, so let's jump into it!8 pm/ETPushing Daisies topped the hour in total viewers (8.88 million) and demos, growing 300 thou from its last fresh entry. Kid Nation (7.53 mil, up 380K) placed second, followed by Fox's Back to You (7.3 mil) and 'Til Death (7.36 mil), each of which gained about 900K. Behind Phenomenon, Top Model (5.35 mil) added 280 thou and hit a season high in demos.9 pmCriminal Minds surged 1.16 mil to deliver its largest audience (15.7 mil) since Feb. 7, as well as top Private Practice (11.45 mi, up 220K) for the first time ever in the demos. Kitchen Nightmares drew a series high of 6.98 mil, followed by Bionic Woman (6.3 mil, down another 140 thou). Gossip Girl (2.93 mil) gained 430 thou to enjoy its best outing since the premiere.10 pmCSI: NY inched up 170K, to 13.04 mil, and won the demos. Dirty Sexy Money (8.2 mil) dipped 180 thou, while NBC's Life came to life with a 530K increase. read more

Cheers: Criminal Minds' Above-Average Joe

Shemar Moore, Thomas Gibson and Joe Mantegna in Criminal Minds by Vivian Zink/ABC Studios

Cheers to Criminal Minds for adding Joe Mantegna to the cast without missing a beat. The veteran character actor fits right in on CBS' hit drama as Special Agent David Rossi, the mysteriously out-of-retirement founder of the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit. With his warm-'n'-fuzzy recent roles in Joan of Arcadia and The Starter Wife, it's easy to forget Mantegna first made his name in the dark, crime-ridden world of David Mamet, so Criminal's twisted plotlines are nothing new to him. Mandy Who?• Read and react to Bruce's opinions on Nip/Tuck, The Hills and more!• Share your own raves and rants about other shows on the brand-new Reader Cheers & Jeers discussion board.• We may feature your Cheer or Jeer on or in TV Guide magazine! read more

New Face, Same Old Minds

Paget Brewster, Thomas Gibson and Joe Mantegna in The Unit by Michael Desmond/ABC Studios

Say this for Joe Mantegna: He doesn’t make Criminal Minds any worse. Like that’s even possible. This inexplicably popular crime drama remains the most pretentious, the most simplistic and the most dehumanizing of CBS’ current glut of procedurals. Replacing Mandy Patinkin, who quit between seasons — I’m guessing he finally watched an episode — Mantegna makes a valiant effort at creating an actual character, but he invariably gets lost amid the wood (his supporting cast) and the cheese (the scripts).We first see him bird hunting in a Virginia marsh. The next time we see water, a dead body (a brutalized, mutilated woman, naturally) is floating in a Dallas suburb. This victim’s backstory? She comes home to find a "Have You Seen Me?" poster on her door with her own face on it. Understandably spooked, she goes to the sheriff, who figures it’s just a Halloween prank. We know better, having seen this show in action before. Soon enough, she’s a go... read more

Preview: Joe Mantegna's Criminal Minds Debut

Joe Mantegna, Criminal Minds

After months of controversy, speculation and anticipation, Joe Mantegna will finally have his Criminal Minds moment. Tonight (at 9 pm/ET, CBS) he debuts as Agent David Rossi, replacing Mandy Patinkin's Jason Gideon, whose mental meltdown caused him to bag the Behavioral Analysis Unit earlier this season. Like Mantegna, Rossi will hit the ground running. No sooner is the showboating founding father of the BAU called out of retirement than he's tapped to solve the "Have You Seen Me?" murders: Victims find a missing-person flier on their doors with their own photo on it before they disappear. One thing's for sure: This ain't The Starter Wife. "I've learned more about torture devices than I would ever wan read more

Keith Carradine: From Serial Killer to Dexter Nemesis

Keith Carradine, Dexter

Fresh from playing a milkshake-sipping serial killer on Criminal Minds, Keith Carradine is now hunting for one on Dexter (Sundays at 9 pm/ET, Showtime), as an FBI agent assigned to Miami after bodies are discovered in a harbor. Carradine shares his thoughts on his new role, his famous family and his Deadwood experience. TV Guide: You play Agent Lundy, who is investigating the Bay Harbor Butcher. Tell us about him.Keith Carradine: I come in with this reputation as a star in the serial-profiling world. It makes Dexter sit up and take notice. He realizes he really has to watch himself now. TV Guide: What do you like about him?Carradine: He's not cocky read more

Start to Finish

This week, there's a real buzz on the set and it has nothing to do with the upcoming episode or last week's ratings. This weekend members of our cast and crew are getting their Lance Armstrong on. Saturday is the 2007 Start to Finish MS Bike Tour. Twenty-three members of the Criminal Minds staff are getting up early and biking up the California coast to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. They've been looking forward to this for a long time.Last year 12 of our crew members pedaled, and this year the number has doubled. The 12 riders from last year did not take very much time off before getting back to training and are taking it very seriously. The newcomers all have a varied range of experience and ability but have been riding every weekend. Every Monday tales of training mishaps and misadventures make their way to set.However, the most important part of this ride has nothing to do with the performance of the cyclists. It's all to benefit NMSS. So in addition to those r... read more

Got anything new to spill on ...

Question: Got anything new to spill on Criminal Minds?

Answer: The team is going to suspect that Joe Mantegna's character has a hidden agenda. And Morgan and Garcia have a falling-out — and it may or may not have something to do with the new man in her life.

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The Criminal Minds Diet, and Other Observations

Whenever I bring guests to set, there is always one thing that amazes them more than anything else: the food. Scratch that. Two things. First, they comment on how the ladies of the show are even more striking in person... then they comment on the food. There's lots of food on set. Every day, there are two meals prepared by catering. For breakfast, our caterer Hannah makes made-to-order plates from the catering truck as well as an omelet bar, some sort of hot entrée, and an assortment of rolls, cereals, etc;. Even while the crew eats breakfast, they are already working toward the lunch that will be served seven hours later. Lunch is cafeteria-style with different meat options, a fish, sides, pastas and salad bars. In addition, two "snacks" are served. There is one between breakfast and lunch, and one five hours after lunch (the crew works very long days on set). The crew works 14 hour days — and sometimes much more. It's necessary to keep them fueled. I however work at a d... read more

How the Weekly Numbers All Add Up

And we're off! Season 3 has officially started. The start of the season is always a very interesting time. As I stated in my first blog, in our minds we're in the middle of the season. Just yesterday, an outline came down for the 14th episode. And we're currently filming Episode 9. In the first few weeks of the season, it seems everyone is very interested in the ratings. There are preliminary numbers waiting for us when we arrive the morning after our airing, and then final numbers come down at lunch. It's almost like aliens landing on earth and looking into a time capsule. We get to see what America thought of an episode we shot many months ago. We have a white board up in the office and the writers' PA Mark has them all up and waiting for us.One of the reasons the first week is so weird is that we see how many people tune in for new shows. So many factors come into play. Obviously a big factor is promotion. No one has seen the new shows and have only small minute-long promotions t... 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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