Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year

We at Criminal Minds Roundtable wish all our readers a Happy New Year. May 2012 bring you all health and happiness.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Matthew Gray Gubler on The Craig Ferguson Show

On Tuesday, Jan. 3 Actor/director Matthew Gray Gubler from the CBS drama series “Criminal Minds” will appear on the Craig Ferguson show on CBS at 12:37 AM ET/PT following the Late Show with David Letterman.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Review 'Bittersweet Science'

A boxer’s whose son is dying from leukemia loses control when he is struck by ‘blood lust’ which makes him beat people to death. Meawhile, Hotch meets an interesting woman while training for the FBI triathlon.

This episode had guest stars Shawn Hatosy from Southland fame and Charles S Dutton who did among other things Without a Trace. There was a lot to like about this episode; excellent acting from Thomas Gibson, Hatosy and Dutton, who all had great scenes to shine in. Good writing. Attention spent on the details of the world of small time boxing, from the coach who drinks and  bets against his boxer,  to the washed up boxer who doesn’t know anything else but fighting but who is nothing more than  a punching bag for other boxers.  The boxing scenes looked good and not faked and so was the boxing club. The scene with the little boy passing was a powerful one. Great acting by Thomas Gibson in that scene!  Another great scene was when Jimmy, the unsub, killed his coach. Dutton’s character pleading for his life, telling Jimmy, that like him he was dad was one of the better moments of this episode.

The Hotch and Beth meeting was, as some fans have said, yes awkward especially on Hotch’s part. He looked shy and a bit unsure but that is understandable. When was the last time Hotch dated? Probably way back in high school when he met Haley. It was refreshing to see a woman going after a man she found interesting.  Loved that Hotch showed some of his humor when he asked her if she was training for surveillance!  It was high time that Hotch got something to smile about in his private life that is not about his son.  Small detail, funny that she is the one who gave him her information but he didn’t give her his.

One thing I love is the friendship between Hotch and Rossi. Those two are first friends and it shows. Loved the scene where Rossi tells Hotch that ‘distracted is good!’  Loved that in the last scene, in Hotch’s office, Dave showed Hotch some support by asking him if he would meet with Beth on the weekend.

Oh and poor Reid who didn’t get the bicycle reference but Garcia sure did, just look at the look she gave Hotch!

Favorite scene was the plane scene where everyone were gossiping about Hotch’s love life and Garcia got carried away until she realized that Hotch was there and heard it all.

Although, I did enjoy this episode more than Janine Sherman Barrois’ previous one, this one was, again, us watching the unsub do what he does. Although we got some profiling, as a long time viewer, I much prefer episodes where we get to learn about the unsub via the team profiling them.  Episodes like ‘Brother’s in Arms ‘and ‘Catching Out’ are episodes where all we get to know comes from the team’s work.  Another problem with episodes that have us watching the unsub do what he does is that there are no mysteries.  With this episode, we knew who did it, why and when from the promo and the first 2 minutes of the episode.  What was left was for the team to catch up with him. As a viewer, the previous episode where we get to guess who the killer is and why throughout the whole episode was much better because we still get to guess who and why until the end. We never get to lose interest.

Yes, the episode was violent but unlike Janine’s previous episodes, I didn’t feel like the violence was over the top like in the ‘Thirteen step’ where the violence was almost glamourized for the YouTube generation. This time we had a boxer who was losing control over his blood lust, who had for weapons his hands so yes it got messy but it never felt exploitative.

If I was to rank this episode despite being one that again was a ‘watching the unsub’ episode I would rank it in my top three for this season, a season that is so far turning out to be a much better one that last season!

"Kirsten is smarter because of Penelope Garcia." Kirsten dixit in this 2007 interview



by Jamie Steinberg 01/2007

Q) What are the current projects that you are working on?

A) Currently, I am working on a scruffy little show on CBS called "Criminal Minds." I just finished doing a play over Christmas. Right now, I am in the middle of working on my theater company's award show so I am rehearsing for that. I am also in the middle of filming the Super Bowl episode for "Criminal Minds."

Q) Please tell us about your character Penelope Garcia on "Criminal Minds."

A) She is the resident hacker for Quantico, in general, for the FBI, but she has sweetly and whimsically weaseled her way in to being invaluable for the Behavior Analysis Unit. She has quite an affection for the people that work in that group and she gets what they are doing. It's a big huge challenge for her. She's very eccentric. She's a total geek, but in a really hot way. She's got really fantastic shoes!

Q) What's new this season for the show and your character?

A) This season, thus far, we've gotten to see what kind of car Penelope drives, which is fantastic. You, actually, see that I have legs because I am walking around a lot more than I was last year. I believe in an upcoming episode I am not in the office at all! I go a whole episode where I am never in the Quantico office. I can't make any guarantees, but I think that might be in the cards. Everyone has sort of melded and molded into a delightful crime drama sandwich that makes everything compliment each other now so much. Last year, everyone was trying to get their sea legs about it. The writers were trying to figure out our characters and we were trying to figure out the writing. It was so great, but there is this sort of effortlessness about it right now where everybody just sort of gets it. It's just sort of moves along as entertaining, but yet creepy. It turns things into more of a puzzle than it was last year. I think there is a lot more thinking outside of the box, which I do enjoy. I don't like being in the box. So, as far away from the box that you can get I am a big fan of. And, I think we do that!

To read more go to Starry Magazine

Meredith Monroe was on board of "Criminal Minds" since the pilot... and talked about it in 2005



by: Jamie Steinberg 11/2005

Q) What are the current projects that you are working on?

A) Right now, I am working on a series for CBS called "Criminal Minds." It's a recurring character and I play Haley Hotchner who is the wife of Aaron Hotch. Right now, we're just introducing my character and showing that he has a family life. I was pregnant in the beginning and I've given birth. We'll see what will happen down the road. Hopefully, something good and juicy will come up. Maybe one of the serial killers will hit too close to home, we'll see.

Q) You play the character Haley Hotchner on "Criminal Minds." What did they tell you about the character when you originally signed on?

A) They had said it was a small character to start off with. She was one of the wives of the team and they had some pretty exciting storylines if the show got picked up for the entire year. They had some exciting storylines that they wanted to write for her if the show got picked up and continued on next year. They just left it kind of intriguing saying this is where she is at now, but we have some exciting stuff for where she can go, too. They left it mysterious and intriguing so I thought what the heck! It sounded fun!

Q) What made you want to be a part of this show?

A) I really liked the pilot that I had read. I thought it was good and fun. I've always kind of liked thriller-mystery television shows and books. I've always been intrigued by that kind of stuff. I read the script and it always deals with different serial killers. It's not just different police cases. It's serial killers that are tracked by this special team. I thought this was something interesting and it's different.

Q) How was it getting to work with such acting greats like Mandy Patinkin, Thomas Gibson and Shemar Moore?

A) I think it's going to be more exciting as I, hopefully, get more to do on the show. It's wonderful working with Thomas because he's the one who plays my husband, obviously. I've only gotten to get quick little exchanges with Shemar and Mandy, whether it's seeing them on the set or at table reads. I'm looking forward, hopefully, to having more scenes with them.

To read more go to Starry Magazine

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Criminal Minds' Thomas Gibson taps into his dark side

 Life has changed since Dharma & Greg

By Madeleine Marr12/22/2011

Thomas Gibson did a 180 when he took the role of a hardened FBI behavioral analyst in the CBS drama Criminal Minds. His somber character Aaron Hotchner couldn’t be more different from preppy newlywed Greg Montgomery in Dharma & Greg, which ran from 1997 to 2002. Gibson, 49, is OK with Hotchner’s dark side on the show, now in season 7. He’s been a fan of crime stories since he was a kid growing up on Charleston, S.C., with a leaning toward “quirkier’’ detective shows, like Columbo, Kojak and The Rockford Files. He admits that Criminal Minds, which focuses on what make killers tick, is heavier fare. But alluring nonetheless. “I am always fascinated reading about these kinds of cases, serial crimes, when I come across them. It’s always interesting to me to see what happened to this [person] that took them from one place that was more functional to this place of severe dysfunction. Maybe there was a little bit of that brain chemistry that was different, but they started out essentially the same as you and me.’’ As if Hotchner’s career weren’t depressing enough. Twists and turns in the scripts that followed had him facing unthinkable tragedy in his personal life: the crumbling of his marriage and ultimately the death of his wife. No worries; things may lighten up soon. “We’re exploring colors that are potentially available to him,’’ he explains.

To read more go to Miami

Friday, December 23, 2011

Criminal Minds Episodes Now Available on iTunes for Canadian Fans

If you are a Criminal Minds from Canada you can now buy episodes from season 1 to 7 in HD format from iTunes! Prices for a single episode is $3.49 and a whole season vary from $32.99 to $43.99.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Criminal Minds upcoming Episodes title

Episode 7.11 - True Genius
Episode 7.12 - Unknown Subject
Episode 7.13 - Snake Eyes
Episode 7.14 - Closing Time
Episode 7.15 - A Thin Line
Episode 7.16 - A Family Affair
Episode 7.17 - Foundation
Episode 7.18 - I Love You, Tommy Boy

Source: SpoilerTV

Monday, December 19, 2011

Criminal Minds Ratings for Episodes 7.01 to 7.10

Season 7 of  Criminal Minds  is seeing an increase in the demographic 18-49 versus last season

09-21-2011    from 14.1 million, demo 4.1, episode 6.01,  14.1 million, demo 4.0
09-28-2011    from 12.6 million, demo 3.6, episode 6.02,  14.4 million, demo 3.6
05-10-2011    from 13.4 million, demo 3.8, episode 6.03,  13.7 million, demo 3.5
12-10-2011    from 12.9 million, demo 3.8, episode 6.04,  13.8 million, demo 3.5
19-10-2011    from 13.2 million, demo 3.9, episode 6.05,  14.3 million, demo 3.6
02-11-2011    from 12.9 million, demo 3.7, episode 6.06,  14.4 million, demo 3.8
09-11-2011    from 11.4 million, demo 3.4, episode 6.07,  12.4 million, demo 3.0
16-11-2011    from 12.7 million, demo 3.7, episode 6.08,  14.3 million, demo 3.7
07-12-2011    from 12.3 million, demo 3.4, episode 6.07,  14.2 million, demo 3.5

14-12-2011    from 12.9 million, demo 3.4, episode 6.08,  13.8 million, demo 3.2

average for 2011: 12.8 million viewers and demo 18-49: 3.7
average for 2010: 13.9 million viewers and demo 18-49:  3.5

This season, Criminal Minds like all scripted tv shows is seeing an increased in DVR+7 days viewing. For Criminal Minds, this increase is over a million viewers more than last season, this is due to more people using their DVR because Criminal Minds is in the most competitive timeslot of the week.

DVR numbers are as follow:

09-21-2011    from  14.1m to 17.2m  from demo 4.1 to 5.2
09-28-2011    from  12.6m to 15.8m  from demo 3.6 to 5.9
05-10-2011    from  13.4m to 16.9m  from demo 3.8 to 5.2
12-10-2011    from  12.9m to 16.1m  from demo 3.8 to 5.1
19-10-2011    from  13.2m to 16.1m  from demo 3.9 to 5.0
02-11-2011    from  12.9m to 15.8m  from demo 3.7 to 4.9
09-11-2011    from  11.4m to 14.5m  from demo 3.4 to 4.7
16-11-2011    from  12.7m to 15.8m  from demo 3.7 to 4.9

average for 2011: 16.0 million viewers and demo 18-49: 5.1

According to CBS;   "DVR penetration is at 42%, up from 38% last year. Last Fall, Live+7 audiences for original entertainment series on CBS gained over 1.8 million viewers, on average, over Live+ Same Day ratings, more than any other network.  This season, we expect DVR penetration to continue to increase and, as a result, we expect DVR playback audiences to grow to as well. "

Criminal Minds Press Release for “Unknown Subject”


Guest Stars Include Jay Karnes (“The Shield,” “Sons of Anarchy”) as Pianist Hamilton Bartholomew, Dina Meyer (“Starship Troopers”) as Waitress and Piano Man Victim Regina Lampert, and Penny Peyser (“Crazy Like a Fox,” “Knots Landing”) as Prentiss’ Therapist, Dr. Linda Merrill

 “Unknown Subject” – The BAU team searches for a serial rapist in Houston known as “The Piano Man” who has resurfaced and is assaulting his previous victims.  Also, Prentiss tries to come to terms with her trauma from last year and with rejoining the team, on the 150th episode of CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Jan. 25 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.  Guest stars include Jay Karnes (“The Shield,” “Sons of Anarchy”) as pianist Hamilton Bartholomew, Dina Meyer (“Starship Troopers”) as waitress and Piano Man victim Regina Lampert, and Penny Peyser (“Crazy Like a Fox,” “Knots Landing”) as Prentiss’ therapist Dr. Linda Merrill. 


Joe Mantegna     (David Rossi)

Thomas Gibson     (Aaron Hotchner)

Paget Brewster     (Emily Prentiss)

Shemar Moore     (Derek Morgan)

Matthew Gray Gubler     (Dr. Spencer Reid)

A.J. Cook     (Jennifer “JJ” Jareau)

Kirsten Vangsness     (Penelope Garcia))


Jay Karnes     (Hamilton Bartholomew)

Leaha Boschen     (Vanessa Campbell)

Judith Hong     (Diana Mitchell)

Dina Meyer     (Regina Lampert)

Matthew Alan     (Herman Scobie)

Matthew Iott     (Bill Campbell)

John Knox     (Chief Wilson)

Maggie Contreras     (Brittany)

Penny Peyser     (Dr. Linda Merrill)

Catheryn J. Brockett     (Susan)

Elia Cantu     (Tammy)

Bianca Lopez     (Reporter)

Daniel Hagen     (Dr. William Shaw)

Jim Pacitti     (Peter Joshua)

WRITTEN BY:  Breen Frazier

 DIRECTED BY:  Michael Lange


RATING:  To Be Announced

Criminal Minds Press Release for ' True Genius'

Best-Selling Crime Novelist Patricia Cornwell Guest Stars as Herself,

As a Guest at a Violent Crime Seminar Attended by Reid and Prentiss

 “True Genius” – A series of murders in San Francisco bearing the tell-tale signs of the infamous Zodiac Killer have the BAU wondering if the notorious serial killer has returned.  Also, Reid ponders if he should be doing more with his genius abilities, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Jan. 18 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.  Best-selling crime novelist Patricia Cornwell guest stars as herself, as a guest at a violent crime seminar attended by Reid and Prentiss.


Joe Mantegna     (David Rossi)

Thomas Gibson     (Aaron Hotchner)

Paget Brewster     (Emily Prentiss)

Shemar Moore     (Derek Morgan)

Matthew Gray Gubler     (Dr. Spencer Reid)

A.J. Cook     (Jennifer “JJ” Jareau)

Kirsten Vangsness     (Penelope Garcia))


Jeff Newburg     (Caleb Rossmore)

Claudia Choi     (Agent Rebecca Lin)

Finn Wittrock     (Harvey Morell)

Marissa Armijo     (Marisa Devon)

Jonny Jay     (David Atley)

Christine Garver     (Nicole Puli)

Patricia Cornwell     (Patricia Cornwell)

Joseph Fuhr     (Dan Feinberg)

Bill Frenzer     (Hippie)

Josh Latzer     (Park Supervisor)

Brett Weinstock     (Best Man)

Toni Sawyer     (Mrs. Zablonsky)

Danny Goldman     (Det. Zablonsky)

Jimbo Barnett     (Roger Smith)

David Fraioli     (Messenger)

Michele Dawson     (Tara Henson)

Frank Marshall     (Alec Wyseck)

Alexandra Choi     (Reporter)

WRITTEN BY:  Sharon Lee Watson

DIRECTED BY:  Glenn Kershaw

RATING:  To Be Announced

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Criminal Minds Ratings for Episode 7.10 'Bittersweet Science'

From CBS

Criminal Minds was first in households (7.8/12), viewers (12.70m), adults 25-54 (4.4/10) and adults 18-49 (3.4/09).  Compared to last week, Criminal Minds was even in both adults 25-54 and adults 18-49 and added +290,000 viewers (from 12.41m, +2%).

Updated Wednesday ratings will be available this afternoon.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Screencap Recap - Episode 7x08

Review - Self Fulfilling Prophecy

Criminal Minds 7.09 – “Self Fulfilling Prophecy”, written by Erica Messer

“Self Fulfilling Prophecy” was filled with twists and turns and a surprising development with Strauss.
The episode takes place at Somerville Academy, a military school for boys. Both Strauss and Garcia accompany the team on the trip. There seems to be a rash of student suicides at the school that started with the hanging of a first year student named Bailey. Several weeks later, during an unsupervised survival test, five more students are found hanging. There is one student, Josh Redding, who is missing from the group.

The team discovers that Josh Redding is the common link between the suicides. They begin to wonder if Josh actually killed the other students. Their investigation is greatly hampered by the fact that Col. Massey, played by René Auberjonois, is hiding facts from the team and misleading them. He and his lieutenant, Tawes, have been running the school for the past thirty years. Massey and Tawes, with the help of some of their favourite cadets, have been abusing the younger cadets in order to break them. Since Massey doesn’t want the truth about his treatment of the cadets to be discovered, he is more than willing to place the blame on Josh. In the meantime, he has Tawes out hunting down Josh to kill him. Massey seldom makes and maintains eye contact with any of the team members who are questioning him.

Eventually, the team uncovers the clues, discovers that Josh didn’t actually kill the students in the woods, but Bailey’s father did. Massey has set up Josh, hoping Bailey’s father will kill him as well. Josh is the only cadet that Massey and Tawes could never break. Just as Tawes is getting ready to kill Josh, Hotch and Morgan arrive on the scene and are able to keep either man from killing the other.
During the course of the investigation, Morgan learns that Strauss has a drinking problem. He confronts Hotch about it. Hotch said that Strauss had been getting help. Obviously, it wasn’t enough help! The episode ends with Morgan getting ready to take Strauss to a rehab clinic and see that she gets checked in privately.

This episode was well written and well directed. I enjoyed it very much. I didn’t however like Morgan’s confrontation with Hotch. Morgan seems to have a chip on his shoulder lately and I wish he would lose his attitude. I am glad that Erica followed up on what was going on with Strauss at the end of last season.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Criminal Minds SPOILER Episode 7.10

Can you give me some Criminal Minds spoilers? Do you happen to know  how many episodes Bellamy Young will guest-star? Will it be just in episode 10 or are there more? Thanks! — Sofia

 Thomas Gibson wouldn’t spill the specifics when we chatted. But it sounds like she’s in it for the long run, literally. Her character and Hotch are training for a marathon together — and that’s all. For now. The best part? The ribbing Hotch gets from Rossi about the new lady in his life to read more go to EW

Criminal Minds Sneak Peek Episode 7.10 'Bittersweet Science"


Thursday, December 8, 2011

Shemar Moore Video on Set of Episode 7.14

Shemar Moore on the Set of 714 from CM Set Report on Vimeo.

Video courtesy of @CM_SetReport

Criminal Minds TVLine Scoop about the 150th Episode

Criminal Minds | Iris tweeted at me, “Can you get some scoop on the 150th episode? Need more ‘intense plane scene’ deets!” Well, the milestone hour, as TVLine previously scooped, guest-stars Dina Meyer (Birds of Prey) as a rape victim who takes into custody her own suspect (The Shield‘s Jay Karnes), leaving the BAU to determine A) ... to read more go to TVLine

Screencap Recap - Episode 7x07

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Criminal Minds Promo Video for Episode 7.10

Criminal Minds Discuss episode 7.09 here

Esprits Criminels - Sneak Peek de l'épisode 7... by kevin4050

Thomas Gibson Interview with Toro Magazine

By Murtz Jaffer

It’s hard to believe that the one-time star of Dharma & Greg is now the best-known profiler on Criminal Minds, but that’s exactly the case for Thomas Gibson.

I caught up with TV’s “Aaron Hotchner” to discuss his character, the success of the show, and why television audiences like to be scared.

I want to start by asking you about the character of Aaron Hotchner, do you think he’s finally in the category of iconic crime fighter like Fox Mulder or Andy Sipowicz?

Wow, when you say ‘iconic crimefighter’ I gotta go with Kojak and Columbo.  I don’t know.  That’s certainly not up to me.  It’s certainly a nice idea to have had him been around long enough to consider it.

Will we ever find out more about his backstory and why he joined the agency?

I think one of the most interesting questions about the job and about the people who really do the job and us who play them on TV is what exactly got them from point A to point B.  It’s not as interesting to give a full drawing of where it came from.  It’s much more interesting to put it together on your own or at least put certain pieces of the puzzle together on your own and you have got these spaces in the middle where you don’t quite know.

How do the writers come up with the storylines?  Do they just research all these killers or are they just twisted people themselves?

[Laughs] I don’t think that they are necessarily twisted people but I think that they have done all of their research on these twisted cases and criminals and I think you can’t help but be affected by it. I think all of our stories do germinate in some sort of real case.  And then of course, elements of it get excised for many reasons and all these other elements get added to them for the sake of dramatic license.

With shows like yours and American Horror Story increasing in popularity, do you think viewers have just embraced the fact that they like seeing evil on TV and being scared?  Have we moved past cookie cutter sitcoms like dare I say it, Dharma & Greg?

I take exception to the analogy to the cookie-cutter sitcom analogy with Dharma & Greg!  I am just kidding, obviously.  I think these shows and these trends are cyclical.  A couple of my favourite shows when I was a kid were The Twilight Zone and Outer Limits and to me those were really scary.  They certainly fell out of favour for a while as did the cop show and the medical show and the sitcom.  I think any formula or any kind of cookie-cutter type genre can be revived with good writing.

to read more go to ToroMagazine

Criminal Minds Behind The Scene Pictures Episode 7.14

Criminal Minds stars Shemar Moore and Joe Mantegna on the set. Pictures @JoeMantegna 

On the set on Criminal Minds Picture @Gibsonthomas

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Criminal Minds Review Episode 7.08 'Hope'


   In the latest episode of Criminal Minds entitled Hope the team searches for an unsub who they believe is responsible for not only kidnapping a little girl, but abducting the girl’s mother years later. The episode written by Kimberly Ann Harrison did a wonderful job showing the audience how mothers of missing children never give up hope in their desperate search to find their children, no matter how much time passes.  I thought the story was a believable and well thought out one.  I believed with all my heart that any mother in Monica’s situation would have done the exact same thing.  To me the best scene in the episode was at the gas station.  Monica was given a choice: to either walk away and call the police (but take the chance she would never see her daughter again) or go with the unsub willingly (with the hope they she would see her again.) Monica never hesitated she ran straight for the truck and waited for the unsub to return.  I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t do the exact same thing under those circumstances.
     While the episode did focus on Garcia it still had some great team moments.  Hotch presenting the case to the team for Garcia was a kind but subtle gesture.  JJ walking Garcia through the moments before Monica’s abduction was wonderful; to me it showed just how much the team trusted one another. The team also had some great profiling moments throughout the entire episode.   Those kind of profiling moments have been missing in the past and I was very glad to see them back.  The only really bad thing about the episode was the ending.  Garcia talking to the unsub on the phone I could buy, but her going into the house was so unbelievable to me.  I have a hard enough time with Garcia presenting the cases to the team, but her becoming a hostage negotiator even under these circumstances lost it for me.  I loved that Monica shot and killed the unsub in the end. This man not only abducted and raped both her and her daughter, but was also directly responsible for the daughter taking her own life. Who could really blame her?  
     All in all I thought the episode was a good one.  Believable up until the very end, if Garcia had not have walked into the house it would scored a 10 in my book.  It wasn’t suspenseful, but it didn’t need to be. I guessed the unsub was a member of support group in the first scene, however it did tell a wonderful story of a mother’s love and sacrifice. In my opinion if an episode make you stop and think what you might do in the same situation it is a good story, this episode did exactly that for me. I hope we get many more just like it. 

Friday, December 2, 2011

Criminal Minds Behind the Scene Picture Episode 7.14 'Closing Time'

Guest start Bellamy Young on location with Criminal Minds star Thomas Gibson.

picture @CM_SetReport

Criminal Minds Dean Cain on set

Guest star Dean Cain on the set of Criminal Minds. Pictured here with Criminal Minds make up artist Dayne Johnson.

picture @Dayne9165

CRIMINAL MINDS Season 7 - 712. Unknown Subject - Thomas Gibson Teases 150th Ep... SPOILER!

By Sandra Gonzalez

After getting a flood of emails from Criminal Minds fans asking me about the 150th episode, I knew I had to toss in a few questions about it when I hopped on the phone with Thomas Gibson literally a few hours ago to chat about Hotch’s upcoming possible romance (more on that soon!). And while details on the case are a little premature to reveal, he did talk about the rumored revealing scene between Hotch and Emily. “It’s a really nice scene, and it touches on where she was in her personal and professional life in the last year when she was dead,” Gibson reveals. “And it also allows Hotch to reveal a little bit to her about what goes on with him. He says at one point that he’s tired of being profiled through his office window, where prying eyes are wondering what’s going on when he’s talking to people… There’s some really great stuff between these two. I’m hoping people will tune in and like it.”

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Criminal Minds: Killer sounds for a crime show

                                          Marc Fantini (left) and brother Steffan flank their partner Scott Gordon.     The Fantinis were raised in South Philly.

Killer sounds for a crime show

Musical scores are crucial to a host of TV series, but no other show uses background music as extensively as Criminal Minds. It can make a scary serial killer almost unbearably stomach-turning, or transform a brightly lit police station into midnight at Dracula's castle.
The show's cues, which is what TV and film people call the individual sequences that play as scenes unfold, may lack the lyrics and catchy melodies of the songs on Glee, and they may not sound like music to most viewers, but they can help define character and mood as much as anything that appears on the screen.

Marc and Steffan Fantini, raised at Broad and Dickinson in South Philadelphia, now living in L.A., are two of the three not-so-criminal minds behind the music of the show.
Some of their tricks sound as weird as the psycho killers who populate the disturbing series, which follows a fictional team from the real FBI Behavioral Analysis Unit who jet around in search of the country's worst criminals. The audience eats it up. In its first run, Wednesdays on CBS, Minds is No. 11 in the ratings this season, and reruns are flourishing in syndication on the ION network and cable's A&E. The series plays in more than 50 countries.

"We often take a sound and distort it and destroy it, since the show is so dark and creepy," Steffan Fantini said in telephone interview. "A violin being bowed with a kitchen utensil on the rustiest string makes a horrible, ugly sound, which works so well under these heinous crimes."

To Read more go to The Inquirer

Monday, November 28, 2011

Criminal Minds' Matthew Gray Gubler Q and A: 'I have to stay busy'

Criminal Minds' Matthew Gray Gubler Q & A: 'I have to stay busy'

Published Monday, Nov 28 2011  By Catriona Wightman

Hurrah! Excellent news - Criminal Minds' sixth season is out on DVD today. To celebrate, we've already brought you a chat with Thomas Gibson. But hey, don't say we don't spoil you - we've got a bit of bonus natter with Matthew Gray Gubler (Spencer Reid).

Matthew recently chatted to reporters about working on the show, so read on to find out how he feels about directing, what show he'd love to be in, and why he likes painting pictures of bunny rabbits...

So, how's Criminal Minds?

"It's going well!"

You act, direct, make films, paint, have your own music label... do you work at night?

"I do! I get very little sleep. But I try to stay constantly busy. My fear is that if I stop working I'll, like, die. So throughout my life I've always tried to remain busy, and I sort of know no other way. I think if my heart rate slowed it would affect my constitution, strangely. I've been trained to do that. My parents instilled a very strong work ethic in me from a young age, fortunately."

So do you finish work on the show and go straight into doing something else in the evening?

"That's sort of my only vacation. Especially with a show this dark - we're so focused on this darkness, darkness, darkness that when I get home the best thing for me to do is to, like, paint a picture of a bunny rabbit or try to do something funny or make something funny. Something that's completely different to give that part of my brain a bit of a rest."

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Criminal Minds Press Release for Episode 7.10 'Bittersweet Science'

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Guest Stars Include Emmy Award Winner Charles S. Dutton (“Roc”) as Boxing Trainer Tony, Shawn Hatosy (“Southland”) as Boxer Jimmy and Bellamy Young (“Dirty Sexy Money”) as Beth, an Art Curator and Runner Who Becomes Friendly with Hotch

CHEAT TWEET: Hotch’s triathlon training gets his heart racing when he connects w/his running partner #CriminalMinds 12/14 9pm ET/PT


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“The Bittersweet Science” – The BAU team investigates a string of brutal bludgeonings in Philadelphia and is led to the city’s boxing scene in search of the killer. Also, Hotch makes a connection with an attractive runner as they both train for a triathlon, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Dec. 14 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Guest stars include Emmy Award winner Charles S. Dutton (“Roc”) as boxing trainer Tony, Shawn Hatosy (“Southland”) as boxer Jimmy, and Bellamy Young (“Dirty Sexy Money”) as Beth, an art curator and runner who strikes up a friendship with Hotch.

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

Shawn Hatosy (Jimmy)
Charles S. Dutton (Tony)
Bellamy Young (Beth)
Abby Brammell (Pam)
David Mazouz (Ryan)
Ludwig Manukian (Dr. Raj Surna)
Jill Alexander (Dr. Joanne Carlton)
Mark Withers (Lou Manzoni)
Ken Lally (Jack)
Kelsey Scott (Paramedic)
Sean Kathryn O’Connor (Dr. Jean Bellamy)
Jeremy Radin (Man)
Sandra Genovese (Billie)
Tim Davis (Jason)
Ray Stefanelli (Referee) 

WRITTEN BY: Janine Sherman Barrois, one of the series’ executive producers

Friday, November 25, 2011

Criminal Minds' Thomas Gibson Q&A: 'Nothing shocks me anymore'

by Catriona Wightman

There's nothing like a good crime drama to settle into, and if you fancy a bit of a binge you're in luck - the sixth season of Criminal Minds is out on DVD on Monday!

To celebrate the excellent news, Digital Spy and a couple of other reporters caught up with Thomas Gibson, who plays Hotch, for a bit of Criminal Minds chat...

How did you feel about the drama surrounding AJ Cook and Paget Brewster? Are you glad to have them back?

"Of course I'm glad they're back. I think we were all taken by surprise by the move on the part of the network last year to curtail their appearances on the show. I don't think there was any good reason for it - I don't think there was any reason for it whatsoever. We're still trying to understand what the motivation was. But regardless of what it was, we're very happy to be on this side of that development and having them both come back."

What makes Criminal Minds different from other procedurals?

"I think it's the fact that instead of physical forensics, it's psychological forensics. I think that's basically what sets it apart, as well as the character development. These are interesting stories, these are universal stories, because unfortunately the cases that we deal with are some of the darker sides of human nature.

"I think those are universal themes, and trying to explain why a particular person made that horrible choice to do such a terrible thing over and over again, and these characters do try to kind of unlock the motivations and therefore the case in order to find them.

"But also the fact that there's character development. I think some of the procedurals when the genre first rolled out 10, 12, 15 years ago, there seemed to be a focus on the procedure itself and not the characters at all. I think one of the things that's developed over the last 10 years or so is you have the reintroduction of interesting characters in these procedurals.

"So I think that's maybe one of the reasons that this show has been successful. We all work very well together, it's an interesting and good group of actors and the characters are all very complementary to each other as well. Somewhere in there is maybe one of the reasons it's working."

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