Tuesday, August 14, 2012

TVDoneWright Exclusive Interview with Joe Mantegna

Exclusive: Criminal Minds Star Joe Mantegna on Erin Strauss Hook-Up Tease: “May or May Not Have Been a Red Herring”, Plus Season 8 Info

By Adam Wright

It's been another summer of change for the hit CBS series Criminal Minds.

At the end of last season, Paget Brewster left the series as we said goodbye to Emily Prentiss for the 2nd time in the last few seasons. As Season 8 approaches, Jeanne Tripplehorn joins the cast as Alex Blake.

With all these cast changes, Criminal Minds fans need to stretch their brains to remember that Joe Mantegna also was once part of the cast-shuffle. He joined the series during the 3rd season after the departure of Mandy Patinkin (as Jason Gideon). But after 5 years on the series, Mantegna feels right at home.

I had a chance to talk to the star, who plays David Rossi. He talked about the cast shake-up and the upcoming 8th season. Joe Mantegna also talks about that one scene during last season finale. Is it all what it seems? Find out now:

Adam: Season 8 kicks off with the team coping with the departure of Emily Prentiss and the addition of a new team member. What can you tell us about the first few episodes? How much time has passed since the Finale?

Joe: We usually use the normal 10-week hiatus period as the time off we have between our final season’s episode and our first episode of the new season. I think it helps the continuity of the show to do that whenever possible. The first few episodes will help our new cast member Jean acclimate.

Adam: The BAU is no stranger to changes. How does the team warm up to newcomer Alex Blake (played by Jeanne Tripplehorn)?

Joe: There is a period of adjustment when a new member joins the team, as there was when I joined 5 years ago. I think our writers do a fine job of making that transition as easy as possible and enjoyable to the viewers.

Adam: Tell us more about Alex Blake. What kind of relationship or interaction will she have with David Rossi?

Joe: As to what Alex Blake’s relationship or interaction with Rossi is, is yet to be determined. I think it’s wise to not force too much info in too quickly. Over the season we'll... To Read More: TVDoneWright.com

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