Thursday, June 17, 2010

Criminal Minds - Let's Rock The VOTE

Please visit the Criminal Minds Fanatic Blog and vote on the poll there to show your support for AJ Cook, Paget Brewster, and Criminal Minds:

The International Press Picks Up The News About CBS's Unfair Treatment of AJ Cook and Paget Brewster

Here are some articles from the international press:

French Press where Criminal Minds is the # 1 tv show:

From the British Press:

From the Brazilian Press:

More to come later!

MSN 'Criminal Minds' fans protest Cook's exit

Fans of hit TV show "Criminal Minds" have launched an online campaign to have castmember A.J. Cook reinstated after network bosses decided not to renew her contract for another season.

The actress has reportedly been axed from the crime drama after five years, with a source telling she has been dropped for "creative reasons".

But devotees are not happy about her exit and more than 12,000 fans have signed a petition calling for executives at CBS to reverse the decision.

Cook has now thanked fans for their devotion with a post on her page, writing, "Your kind words and support have made me feel wanted and loved!"

Cook's castmate Paget Brewster has also addressed the controversy.

In a post on her blog, she writes, "'Creative reasons' has been an executive bulls**t excuse for DECADES. It IS financial. AJ is a dreamboat. And yes, I am hurt, too."


Please sign the petition at

Call Nina Tassler's office and tell her what you think about AJ Cook's and Paget Brewster's unfair treatmentt: 818-655-1400

A Star for Joe Mantegna!

(Photo by Vera Anderson)

Joe Mantegna has been named among the Hollywood Walk of Fame recipients for the year 2011. He will be receiving a star in the category for LIVE PERFORMANCE/THEATRE.

From all of us at Criminal Minds Round Table, congratulations Joe for this well deserved Star!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Call Nina Tassler and tell her what you think!

Call Nina Tassler's office and tell her what you think about AJ Cook's and Paget Brewster's unfair treatmentt: 818-655-1400

Deadline Hollywood 'Fans, Co-stars Back Criminal Minds Actresses'

From Deadline Hollywood:

The controversy over CBS’ decision not to pick up Criminal Minds co-star A.J. Cook for next season and to reduce the episode load of another female cast member, Paget Brewster, is not blowing over as fans’ campaign to reinstate them is growing. An online petition in their support has garnered 15,500 signatures, with the number rapidly growing. Among those who have signed it are Criminal Minds co-star Kirsten Vangsness, who is returning full-time next season, as well as Kevin Pollack and Paul Tompkins.

Several other Criminal Minds cast members have voiced their opinion via Twitter. Brewster was the most blunt, taking an issue with the network’s description of its reasons for the casting changes as "creative." ""Creative Reasons" has been an Executive Bullshit excuse for DECADES,” she wrote. “It IS financial. AJ is a dreamboat. And yes, I am hurt, too.”

Here is Thomas Gibson’s tweet: “To say we're all mystified and disappointed is an understatement...” Cook, who had been silent since I broke the story on Monday, sent out a thank-you Tweet today: “Your kind words and support have made me feel wanted and loved!” Meanwhile, fans are also emailing CBS executives and have called CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler.

Link to the petition:

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Criminal Minds - Let's Coordinate Our Efforts

We are joining with other Criminal Minds fan groups to get CBS to keep AJ Cook and Paget Brewster as full-time actors on Criminal Minds.

Please post your comments on the Criminal Minds Fanatic Blog and check there for more information about what is going on at:

Also, check out this link for all the Twitter Groups that have been started to support AJ Cook and Paget Brewster:

Voice your complaints to CBS!

Please make a complaint to CBS about not renewing AJ Cook's contract and reducing Paget Brewster's presence on the show next season. Go to: and voice your opinion!

We at CMRT stand with our cast, we want our ENTIRE cast to come back next season!

Keep AJ Cook and Paget Brewster Petition

Albert L. Ortega / PR photos

A petition was started to convince CBS to keep AJ Cook on the show and not to cut back Paget Brewster's involvement with Criminal Minds. Please take a stand against this outrageous decision by CBS and sign the petition.

Monday, June 14, 2010

What is CBS thinking?

In the category of 'What is CBS thinking?'

From Deadline Hollywood:

EXCLUSIVE: CBS’ Season 7 of its successful crime drama Criminal Minds is trimming the female portion of its cast for what I hear are financial reasons. I'm told the option of series regular A.J. Cook has not been picked up and co-star Paget Brewster is being made an offer to stay for only a reduced number of episodes next season, leaving fan favorite Kristen Vangsness as the only remaining full-time female cast member. I hear negotiations are underway with Brewster for a new deal that would keep her on the show. If she agrees, she will continue to be formally a regular but won't appear in every episode. Talks are also ongoing with Cook to possibly appear in several episodes next season to wrap her character Jennifer Jereau’s storyline.

Among the broadcast networks, CBS has been one of the most vocal about trying to rein in series costs, especially on its longer-running, more expensive dramas with large ensemble casts. Criminal Minds, which is produced by ABC Studios, CBS Studios and the Mark Gordon Co., has had seven regulars as part of its core cast. Staying on are Joe Mantegna, Thomas Gibson, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler and Vangsness. With the exception of Vangsness’ quirky nerd godess Penelope Garcia, which has developed a strong following, the series has largely been perceived as a male-centered ensemble, with the boys getting most of the action.

Cook has been on the show since the first episode, joining after the pilot in 2005. Paget Brewster came on board nine episodes into Season 2, replacing original cast member Lola Glaudini. But aside from the Glaudini-Brewster switch and the forced replacement of original lead Mandy Patinkin with Mantegna following Patinkin's abrupt exit after Season 2, the cast on Criminal Minds has been pretty stable, with Gibson, Moore and Vangness all onboard since the pilot.

This past season, Criminal Minds spawned a spinoff, which has been picked up to series for midseason by CBS. That series, starring Forest Whitaker, is adding a new female regular cast member.

Why mess with a winning formula? Why would CBS even think of changing a cast that works so well together and that the fans love?

We at Criminal Minds Round Table are baffled, angry and VERY unhappy at this news!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Kirsten Vangsness Of Criminal Minds Set To Star In Webseries Vampire Mob

“Vampire Mob” An Original Web Series Comedy Premieres in Los Angeles and Online

LOS ANGELES (June 07, 2010) - “Vampire Mob” an original, episodic comedy web series, with cast members from “The Simpsons,” “Boardwalk Empire” and “Criminal Minds,” premieres June 30, 2010 on the web (, with a preview screening party June 27, 2010.

“Vampire Mob” follows Don Grigioni, a hitman and vampire, who just found out his mother-in-law is moving in, for eternity. Don became a vampire because “it was a good fit” for is nocturnal life of crime. He never planned on biting his wife, Annie, and making her immortal, “but then I got hungry.” Annie felt bad that her mom would die one day and bit her, never discussing it with Don, and now mom needs a place to stay and blood to drink. With Don’s hit business slowing down, the last thing he needs is more “grocery shopping” to do.

Actress and author, Marcia Wallace, the voice of Mrs. Krabappel on “The Simpsons” is the mother-in-law, Virginia Jones, and her daughter, Laura is played by Kirsten Vangsness, known for her role as Penelope Garcia on “Criminal Minds.” Chris Mulkey (Twin Peaks. Friday Night Lights) who will be seen in HBO’s upcoming “Boardwalk Empire” appears in ‘Vampire Mob” as the owner of Marty Five’s Castle & New Life Organic Dispensary.

The lead role of hitman and vampire, Don, is filled by John Colella (CSI: NY, The West Wing), a graduate of the Goodman School of Drama, who will also be seen in the upcoming Sebastian Guitierrez film “Girl Walks Into a Bar,” premiering on YouTube and Hulu, and starring Carla Gugino, Rosario Dawson, Danny DeVito, and Zach Quinto. Reamy Hall (General Hospital, Bowfinger) plays Don’s wife Annie Grigioni, who guest starred this past season on “Criminal Minds” and will also be on screen in Sebastian Guitierrez’s upcoming “Girl Walks Into a Bar.”

Also appearing in “Vampire Mob” are Elizabeth Beckwith (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Andrea Cansler (The Groundlings Sunday Company), Jim Roof (The Swear Police), & Cris D'Annunzio (As The World Turns).

“Vampire Mob” was written & directed by award-winning filmmaker and comedian, Joe Wilson, who was working as a private investigator when he got the idea for “Vampire Mob” during an investigation. Wilson’s “The Swear Police” won best short under five minutes at the 2009 LA Comedy Shorts Film Festival. He is also responsible for the celebrity sex tape of Tickle Me Elmo “Tickle Me Harder,” which has over a half million views on YouTube and for selling “a jar of celebrity air,” air captured within proximity to Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, on Ebay.

The first season of “Vampire Mob” includes six episodes that will be distributed via on a view count-basis, rather than the traditional calendar release. Subsequent episodes will be posted as previous episodes reach their predetermined view-count, with updates sent to viewers via Twitter( and Facebook (

A premiere screening will take place on June 27, 2010 (arrivals 7:30-8, screening at 8:00) at the Ruskin Group Theatre - 3000 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90405 and will include stand up performances by Elizabeth Beckwith, Betsy Salkind and Murray Valeriano. Cast members attending (subject to change): John Colella, Reamy Hall, Marcia Wallace, Kirsten Vangsness, Chris Mulkey, Jim Roof, Andrea Cansler, Cris DAnnunzio, Elizabeth Beckwith.

A password protected online premiere will also take place that day, allowing those who can’t attend to see the first episode prior to the official launch date.

Vampire Mob
An original comedy web series
Created, written & directed by Joe Wilson
Assistant director - John Vargas
Editor - Joe Wilson
Produced by Joe Wilson & John Colella

Contact: info (at)

Here is the trailer: