Monday, June 21, 2010

The New Criminal Minds?

The Internet is abuzz with the news that CBS is looking closely at undercutting its hit show, "Criminal Minds", by eliminating two of the three female cast members. Per the network, it's all part of a cost cutting move being directed at all ensemble shows. What this means for the cast of the hit drama series is that A.J. Cook's "J.J. Jareau" won't be gathering the team together anymore to introduce the current depravity of the week, though there is a chance that she could be asked to return a few times to wrap up her character's story. Since Jareau is a new mother, odds are she quits such a stressful and demanding job to focus on her child.

Then there is Paget Brewster's Emily Prentiss, who is a full fledged member of the BDU team. CBS has reportedly asked Brewster to accept a reduced role on the show, which could mean either fewer investigations in which she participates or an altered role where she's more in the office than out. Per CBS, she might retain her regular status if she accepts.

Fans are angry at the news, many promising to bolt at the concept of an all male team that would consist of Thomas Gibson, Joe Mantegna, Shemar Moore, and Matthew Gray Gubler. If CBS follows through on their plans, the only female regular who would come through the cuts unscathed is Kirsten Vangsness who plays the quirky computer guru, Garcia.

The male stars aren't happy about the decision, either, and have been twittering their displeasure and shock at the announcement. The series has survived character changes in the past,most notably when Mandy Patinkin quit the series, weary of its dark, haunting themes. With competition heating up from the other networks, it remains to be seen if they can survive this cannibalism of its female cast.


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

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