Friday, January 8, 2010

Criminal Minds - The "Mission Impossible" of our time

Howard Dicus of Hawaii News Now compares Criminal Minds and Mission Impossible

Our crying need for competence in government

It struck me today that the CBS Television series “Criminal Minds” is the “Mission: Impossible” of our time, and I think President Obama would heartily agree with me after the Detroit air terrorism debacle.

The comparison may not be immediately apparent. “Mission: Impossible” was about a team of penetration experts. “Criminal Minds” is about FBI profilers who catch serial killers. What could be more different? But hear me out.

“Mission: Impossible,” which ran for seven seasons, also on CBS, from 1966 to 1973, featured a team of men and women who neutralized mobsters, dictators and such. Everyone knew his job. Everyone got along. There was no weak link. They not only smoothly executed complex plans but ably improvised solutions when something went wrong.

In a time when the Soviets sometimes got the best of Americans and a crank with a gun could assassinate the president of the United States, it was comforting to watch these secret agents demonstrate such competence. You could come home from the office, frustrated with George who spends too much time gossiping and Mary who’s always stirring up trouble, and watch a team of co-workers who stick to business for crying out loud.

“Criminal Minds,” now in its fifth season and just past its 100th episode, has a team of about the same size, not a physical penetration team but a team of men and women who penetrate sick minds. Everyone knows his job. Everyone gets along. There is no weak link. When one has a problem, the others are there for him."

Even a subplot concerning a high-ranking official who thinks the Behavioral Analysis Unit should be broken up was concluded with the official changing her mind, telling the head guy the team can remain but none of them will ever be promoted.

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CRIMINAL MINDS - The Uncanny Valley Promo

Season 5, Episode 12 – Airs: 1/13/2010
The Uncanny Valley
As SSA Hotchner struggles with his return to work, the team is called upon to profile a suspect with an unusual personal obsession who is abducting certain types of women.

Thomas Gibson at the AT&T Pebble Beach Tournament 2010

Thomas Gibson, Aaron Hotchner on Criminal Minds, will play
at the AT&T Pebble Beach Tournament 2010, Feb 08-14

Thursday, January 7, 2010

CRIMINAL MINDS filming a scene

Press Telegram, Long Beach, CA

SHAPING "MINDS": Folks in and around Naples Bayside Academy were alerted this week about filming for the TV series "Criminal Minds" that would be going on in front of the school Thursday at 5537 The Toledo.

Film activity, the notice noted, would consist of "exterior dialogue, picture cars driving up/away, talent crossing the street/entering school, weapons brandished, camera/equipment on property and intermittent pedestrian control."

"Weapons brandished? At an elementary school? With kids all over the place?" we yelped, our hair sticking straight up and eyes popping out a good six-eight inches. See how they stuck that in there right between people walking around and camera gear?

Well, as is the case 100 percent of the time, we got all upset over nothing.
"Everything took place outside on the street in front of the school," said the academy's principal, Diane Prince.

"It didn't disrupt anything; lunch, recess, classes all went on as usual."
The scene pretty much had some show "talent" crossing the street - excuse us - crossing The Toledo, and walking up to the school's front door.

Filming was to have wrapped up before school got out. Nothing to see here, folks. Move along.

JOE MANTEGNA - Valentine's Day Movie

Joe Mantegna, David Rossi on Criminal MInds, will make an
appearance in the upcoming movie Valentin's Day. Release date
is February 12, 2010

The movie stars Jessica Biel, Jessica Alba, Jennifer Garner,
Ashton Kutcher, Queen Latifah, Patrick Dempsey and a lot more.

Showrunner Ed Bernero

Criminal Minds: Ed Bernero, Exec Producer of Criminal Minds, gives a shout out to the Criminal Minds Fanatics.

Edward Allen Bernero parlayed 10 years as a Chicago police officer into a successful career putting cops on the TV screen. Entering the TV biz as a freelance writer for Brooklyn South, Bernero created the long-running crime series Third Watch, rising to the position of showrunner and remaining the series’ most prolific writer. Now, Bernero just passed the 100th episode milestone at the helm of the scariest show on television: CBS’ Criminal Minds. In fact, according to Bernero, the only thing scarier than the serial killer “unsubs” (unidentified subjects) is the TV development biz.

He talks candidly and controversially about the writer’s strike, network/studio notes, declining TV viewership, why he hates Hulu, how it’s hard to make a man’s show, and what he'd rather be writing instead of crime, cops, and serial killers.

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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

RISKY BUSINESS - Behind the scenes

Season 5, Episode 13 – Airs: 1/20/2010
Risky Business


Another teen victim... Summers Krouse

Mr. Krouse and his son Summers in better days...

Sunday, January 3, 2010

100 - Episode 5 - 09 - Behind the scenes

100 episode - Behind the scene

Thomas Gibson and crew

Thomas Gibson, AJ Cook, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore and crew

Joe Mantegna, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler and Ed Bernero

Thomas Gibson & Ed Bernero

A&E schedule for Jan 3

Here are the episodes that will be shown and a small synopsis;

67 - The Angel Maker;
Recent murders are linked to a serial killer who was executed a year ago. The team determines that a woman who was in love with the deceased serial killer is completing his work as a testament to her love for him.

87 - The Big Wheel;
An UnSub has sent the BAU edited film footage of him going about his day, including the murder of one of his victims. Upon closer look, the team also discovers a message written by the UnSub, "Help Me."


90 - To Hell...And Back
The BAU continues its search for a serial killer who has forced the team into Canada to catch him. Meanwhile, a team member may have become the target of a killer from the past.