by Patty Gopez
You may not know her face just yet, but you KNOW Erica Messer. The TV vet worked as a writer on small screen faves such as Alias, The OC, and Charmed before finding her way to the CBS suspense thriller Criminal Minds, the show that focuses on the elite team of FBI profilers who analyze the wicked ways of TV's most twisted criminals. There she holds the title of executive producer, Showrunner, and longest serving writer for the entire nine seasons! TVOvermind had the pleasure of chatting with Erica, who dished out some secrets on next week's Criminal Minds 200th episode. Here's what she had to say:
TVOvermind: Congratulations on the milestone 200th episode! What can fans expect from next week's episode?
Erica Messer: They can expect a little mini movie. We have a lot of interesting things going on. We're really following the tale of JJ and what happened to her in her missing year with the BAU, which for us was season six, so three seasons ago, and why she came back to the series more grounded and cautious and stronger and all of these things that have made her the amazing profiler she's become in these last few years. So we do that through present day stakes which JJ is held captive – that's no secret because she was abducted at the end of episode 199 that's already aired – and then through the team trying to fill in the blanks of her past when they weren't with her, they end up solving the present day case and some interesting things happen along the way. They discover she and Esai Morales' character, Mateo Cruz, worked together in a capacity that they didn't know. It was basically a need-to-know operation and it was much more intense than anybody would have ever imagined these two were involved in. It ends up being a really fun journey and exploration of those characters but also of the team and how they work so incredibly well together and when one of them is in jeopardy, it's like, “Look out!” because those guys don't flake!
JJ has dealt with some pretty grave danger before. How does the current situation compare?
It's interesting because it's on a larger scale; it's a state matter, a big situation, where she and Cruz are being held captive and it's less about...
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