Thursday, October 25, 2012

CRIMINAL MINDS Season 8 - 807. The Fallen - Press Release


Emmy Award-Nominated Actor Meshach Taylor (“Designing Women”) Guest Stars as Rossi’s Former Marine Sergeant, Harrison Scott.

CHEAT TWEET: Sunscreen won’t help the BAU when they investigate burned bodies in Santa Monica on #CriminalMinds 11/14, 9pm ET/PT (add link to release here)

“The Fallen” – The BAU travels to Santa Monica when burned bodies of homeless people begin showing up by the famous pier. Also, Rossi reconnects with his former Marine sergeant from Vietnam, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Nov. 14 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Emmy Award-nominated actor Meshach Taylor (“Designing Women”) guest stars as Rossi’s former Marine sergeant, Harrison Scott.

Joe Mantegna (David Rossi)
Thomas Gibson (Aaron Hotchner)
Shemar Moore (Derek Morgan)
Matthew Gray Gubler (Dr. Spencer Reid)
A.J. Cook (Jennifer “JJ” Jareau)
Kirsten Vangsness (Penelope Garcia)
Jeanne Tripplehorn (Alex Blake)

Meshach Taylor (Harrison Scott)
Shane Johnson (Chad Mills)
Conni Marie Brazelton (Sarah Mapes)
Robert Dunne (Young Rossi)
Joseph H. Johnson Jr. (Young Scott)
Brooke Adams (Lindsay Leeman)
Valerie Perri (Amanda Bell)
Sharline Liu (Dr. Stacey Carroll)
Merilee Brasch (Rebecca Leeman)
James Kirkland (Jeremy)
Rene Rosado (PFC Hernandez)
Erik Steffens (PFC Mattheson)
Christian Campos (Hernandez III)
Mary Mora Cordova (Hernandez’s Mother)

STORY BY: Rick Dunkle and Danny Ramm
TELEPLAY BY: Rick Dunkle
DIRECTED BY: Doug Aarniokoski

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Criminal Minds Promo Video for episode 8.05 "The Good Earth"

'Criminal Minds': Joe Mantegna 'not so worried' about competing with World Series

Joe Mantegna isn't concerned about baseball-oriented minds denting "Criminal Minds" too badly.

The veteran actor's long-running CBS crime drama airs a new episode Wednesday (Oct. 24) -- with guest star Ray Wise ("Reaper") as a fearsome doctor -- opposite Game 1 of the World Series on FOX. "My feeling is that we'll get low numbers in San Francisco and Detroit," Mantegna reasons to Zap2it of the cities whose teams are in this year's Fall Classic. "I'm not so worried about the rest of the country.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Criminal Minds People's Choice Award 2013 Nomminations

It is that time of year when you can vote for the shows to be nominated for a 2013 People's Choice award. This year Criminal Minds in up for a nomination for best TV Crime Drama, you can vote as often as you want!

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Criminal Minds Review "Through the Looking Glass"

Through the Looking Glass

With Criminal Minds in its 8th season, avid viewers can’t help but find similarities between new and past episodes.  This episode has aspects of The Fox, North Mammon, Paradise and Children of the Dark.

Beth and Hotch’s scenes were very sweet and little Jack is growing up – he has lost his baby teeth.  It is wonderful to see Hotch smiling.  I like that they didn’t just drop Beth’s character, but are writing her out by her taking her dream job in New York. It leaves the door open for possible visits and they are closing the circle on that storyline by giving it closure instead of just dropping it with Beth never to be mentioned again.

The case takes place in Kansas City, Kansas and its environs where seemingly perfect families are being abducted and found dead on the side of the highway, with the exception of the youngest child, a son.  One family, the Yamadas, were found dead and the BAU was called in.  While the case was being briefed, they find that another family has been abducted.

We find out there are cracks in the seemingly perfect families – that the Yamada father had a gambling problem; the Acklin’s – father was the subject of a lawsuit, was behind in his mortgage payments and had an affair with Vanessa, their son Braden’s tutor (Braden had recently been diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome), the teenage daughter, Mackenzie’s,  drug problem and the mother suffered from depression and owed money to loan sharks – not so perfect, despite Mrs. Acklin’s idyllic Facebook postings and the photos of the happy family on the Yamada family website.

We see the UNSUB making the Acklin family admit to their shortcomings, which causes a rift amongst the family members and makes them watch as he kills the tutor and the teenaged girl’s boyfriend who supposedly got her hooked on drugs.

The UNSUB keeps the youngest child with him.  The Yamada boy’s dead body was found while the team is trying to find clues and the team surmises that the UNSUB uses the youngest child as leverage against the families and also that he may identify with the young boys.

Garcia finds a commonality between the two families – they had both gone to a wilderness camp called Ravenswood Camp – a type of counseling camp to try to bring families back together.  This in addition to the cheery social media postings that Garcia found had been visited numerous times each day by the same person, whose IP address was routed around the world.

The painting of toy samurais I don’t understand, except that they are a child’s toys and the UNSUB is painting them, so he could have arrested development to that age, which could mean that the UNSUB experienced a trauma at a young age and identifies with the young boys.

Braden uses some tools and escapes the house while the UNSUB is out supposedly disposing of Vanessa’s body or abducting Mackenzie’s boyfriend, Darren, who the UNSUB offered up for the mother, Debra, to choose between his life and the money she owed to the loansharks.

Meanwhile, the team was putting together how the UNSUB found out so much about the families and hit on that both families had recently had their homes renovated/remodeled.  Hidden cameras were found throughout both homes.  Garcia found that the same electrician worked on both homes AND that he was one of the people who found Yamada boy’s body – KA-CHING – case solved.  Now to find him before he kills the Acklin’s.  

MEANWHILE, Braden didn’t make it too far with his escape.  The UNSUB found him as he was running across the yard and the next time we see Braden, he is sitting in the same chair that Vanessa and Darren were sitting in with the UNSUB telling the family that if they killed themselves, they could save Braden and if they didn’t the UNSUB would kill them all for the bad choices they made.

The Acklins are in hysterics, with much crying and hand wringing and finally Debra, the mother, grabs the gun and shoots herself to save Braden as the team rushes the room -  half to rescue the family and half to apprehend the UNSUB.  Morgan finds there is no blood on Debra and Alex found that the gun was loaded with blanks.  This scene seemed a little chaotic, like they were trying to quickly wrap up the case so they could get to the more fun stuff at the end.  I think they could have taken another minute and wrapped it up more cleanly.

Garcia greets the team at the elevators with a tray of drinks and tells them all that she loves them and wanted hugs from all of them.

The episode ends with Hotch and Beth talking about her moving to New York and Hotch telling her that New York was just a train ride away and that they could still see one another.  They end it with them leaving the coffee shop/restaurant to check the trains schedule.

Early on in the episode, Garcia tells the team that Braden Acklin had recently been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome and Reid was talking about the various aspects of Asperger’s and the fact that several talented people had Aspie tendencies and Alex said something like, “like you?” to him and Reid just barreled on and didn’t respond to her.  Later, while he and Alex are going through the Yamada house, she mentions her statement and apologizes for it and Reid told her he didn’t even realize/recognize what she said but it made me wonder whether he really didn’t notice or just didn’t acknowledge it. 

The episode was good and the case was interesting.  There was a pretty good mix between the team and victims – since the victims were still alive, the story was centered on them, but since it was an interesting story, I didn’t mind.

Also of interest AJ Cook was featured in a CBS Cares commercial during the episode which was about the fight against breast cancer.

~ Lady of the Lake

Criminal Minds Sneak Peek at episode 8.04 "God Complex"

Monday, October 22, 2012

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Joe Mantegna - Criminal Minds

Artists on Demand got the opportunity to have a virtual sit down with Joe Mantegna, who plays David Rossi on CBS' hit crime drama Criminal Minds. Hear what he has to say about the current season, his character, and his favorite episodes.

Season 8 has kicked off and we have already seen some pretty intense scenarios. What else are we going to get to see this season? One thing we can look for is an episode that will explore the military background of Rossi during the Vietnam era.

Having joined the show in the middle of Season 3, was there an adaptation period for you, or did you just kind of fit right in? There was a short period of adjustment, but it was made easier by the fact that a large percentage of the crew was from my previous series JOAN OF ARCADIA, so in many ways it was coming to a familiar place.

Aside from the possibility of getting back together with his sick ex-wife a few seasons ago, we haven’t seen Rossi in any type of a romantic relationship. Is this something that is going to change any time soon?
Not sure about the romance angle for Rossi; he hasn’t had much luck in that department….but you never know.

Agent Rossi is quite an interesting man who is very good at what he does. What is your favorite quality of his?
To Read More: Artist On Demand blog

CRIMINAL MINDS Season 8 - 806. The Apprenticeship - Press Release


Matthew Lillard (“Scream,” “Scooby-Doo”) Guest Stars as David Roy Turner

CHEAT TWEET: The stakes R rising 4 the BAU as they look 4 UnSub that goes from killing animals 2 people on #CriminalMinds 11/7 9pm

“The Apprenticeship” – When prostitutes in Miami are discovered murdered in a similar style to local animals found dead there, the BAU must work fast to find an UnSub whose confidence is quickly escalating. Also, Morgan tries to increase Reid’s athletic skills by convincing him to join the bureau softball team, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Nov. 7 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Matthew Lillard (“Scream,” “Scooby-Doo”) guest stars as David Roy Turner.

Joe Mantegna (David Rossi)
Thomas Gibson (Aaron Hotchner)
Shemar Moore (Derek Morgan)
Matthew Gray Gubler (Dr. Spencer Reid)
A.J. Cook (Jennifer “JJ” Jareau)
Kirsten Vangsness (Penelope Garcia)
Jeanne Tripplehorn (Alex Blake)

Nancy La Scala (Claire Whitewood)
Harrison Thomas (Toby Whitewood)
Veronica Diaz-Carranza (Amanda Lopez)
Hector Hank (Detective Sam Oglivie)
Shirley Jordan (Dr. Rosa Escobedo)
Shira Scott Astroff (Hollie Riggio)
Matthew Lillard (David Roy Turner)
Marina Lyon (Shawna Radford)
Eitra Kennedy (Jose Aguilar)
Mekhai Andersen (Henry)
Cade Owens (Jack Hotchner)
Michael Broderick (Secret Service Player)
Chuck Pierce (Umpire)

WRITTEN BY: Virgil Williams