Thursday, February 7, 2013

Criminal Minds Press release for episode 8.16 'Carbon Copy'


Scott Grimes (“ER,” “Party of Five”) Guest Stars as Suspect Donnie Bidwell

Carbon Copy” – When victims are found in Philadelphia in a similar style to victims of The Replicator, the stalker who has been tracking the BAU’s every move, the team thinks this could be the break they need to try and apprehend him, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Feb. 27 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Scott Grimes (“ER,” “Party of Five”) guest stars as suspect Donnie Bidwell.

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)

Jayne Atkinson (FBI Section Chief Director Erin Strauss)
Scott Grimes (Donnie Bidwell)
Meredith Adams (Molly Patton)
Matthew Del Negro (Detective David Rizzo)
Michelle Gardener (Dr. Balboa)
Jessie Lande (Shannon Lavin)
Billy Mayo (Captain Marcus Jackson)
Brian Appel (Agent Anderson)
Derek Graf (Ruffian)
Bo Kane (Sergeant Blutarsky)

WRITTEN BY: Virgil Williams

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Criminal Minds Comments thread for "All that Remains"

Here you can post comments about the Criminal Minds episode "All that remains" written by showrunner Erica Messer and directed by Criminal Minds star Thomas Gibson.

CRIMINAL MINDS Season 8 - 814. All That Remains - Day 7 Prep: Production Meeting

CM Prep Day 7 - Production Meeting from CM Set Report on Vimeo.

TVGuide: Criminal Minds' Thomas Gibson on Directorial Debut: "I'm So Proud of It"

by  Joyce Eng

Criminal Minds star makes his series directorial debut with Wednesday's episode and had a way easier first day than he expected.

"I was hoping for some of [the actors] to give me a hard time, but no one did!" he tells "But [joking aside], everyone was great and extremely supportive of me, which certainly made the whole experience even better."

It's an experience that's been years in the making. Gibson, who's the show's second cast member to direct after Matthew Gray Gubler ("he's very good," Gibson says), had always wanted to helm an episode, but could never work out the scheduling. The actor lives in San Antonio, Texas, with his family and commutes to Los Angeles for the week to shoot Minds. "[Directing] is basically a month," he says. "The prep is a week-and-a-half, then a week-and-a-half of shooting, then a week of editing, so it was hard to be away from home for that long. It turned out that this particular slot this year prepped before Christmas and shot after Christmas, so it worked out really well for me. ... It was great because I managed to do all our prep beforehand, then second-guess myself for the two-and-a-half weeks of our vacation!"

To Read More: TVGuide

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

CRIMINAL MINDS Season 8 - 814. All That Remains - 2nd Sneak Peek

CRIMINAL MINDS Season 8 - 814. All That Remains - Day 6 Prep: 2ND A.D. Anne Carroll

CM Prep Day 6: 2ND A.D. Anne Carroll from CM Set Report on Vimeo.

Video courtesy of CM_SetReport

CRIMINAL MINDS Season 8 - 814. All That Remains - From EW: Ken Olin turns to Hotch and Co. for help

by Sandra Gonzalez

On this week's Criminal Minds, Hotch and Co. will head to the eastern shore of Maryland where a father (Ken Olin) needs the team's help to search for his two teenage daughters. The twist in this tale? The girls’ mother went missing exactly a year before.

“The idea is what's going on with the father? Is he a serial offender or is he the unluckiest man on the planet and the victim of a serial offender?” executive producer Erica Messer says...

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Criminal Minds. Episode 8.15: "Broken" - Press Release

CHEAT TWEET: Timing’s off 4 the BAU when they go 2 Austin 2 look into victims wearing inaccurate watches - #CriminalMinds 2/20, 9pm

Broken” – The BAU heads to Austin to investigate victims found there with their watches set inaccurately, a clue which may connect the crimes. Meanwhile, the UnSub stalking the BAU inches closer in his pursuit of the team, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Feb. 20 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

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)

Christina Michelle Nelson (Shanice Stone)
Devon Ogden (Michelle Bradley)
Patrick John Fluegler (Paul Westin)
Ryan Caltagirone (Doug Warn)
Yani Gellman (Mitchell Ruiz)
Meagan Holder (Paige Munson)
Mele Ihara (Susan Cole)
Anton Narinskiy (Anton Slavsky)
Hank Cheyne (Detective Edward Sanchez)
Corey Mendell Parker (M.E. Kevin Aylesworth)
Daniel E. Smith (Will Blackburn)
John Omohundro (15-Year-Old Paul)
Evelyn Edwards (Isabella Grant)
Darren Kendrick (John Westin)
Tanalee Glaser (Kind Woman)
Ken Weller (Connor Drake)

WRITTEN BY: Rick Dunkle

CRIMINAL MINDS Season 8 - 814. All That Remains - 1st Sneak Peek

CRIMINAL MINDS Season 8 - 813. Magnum Opus - Review

MAGNUM OPUS had a dual focus on a hemophiliac UnSub who exsanguinates his victims, and on how the BAU reacts as Reid tries to come to terms with the murder of Dr. Maeve Donovan.

The case itself left me underwhelmed, but Jason Bernero's delicate treatment of the team's dynamic during Reid's grief was excellent.

Courtesy of Criminal Minds Wikia

Bryan Hughes is a custodian at a San Francisco art museum who dreams of becoming a famous artist. His painting medium of choice is not oil or watercolor, but human blood.  Despite the shock value of his work, he has not been able to sell almost any of his pieces, mainly because his work is not very good. (If you google "paintings with blood" there are more technically skillful examples out there.)

Hughes, of course, is unable to grasp this, and continues accumulating victims in his quest for more "paint supplies" and eventually progresses to removing their eyelids in order to help them "see" better, similar to the Tommy Killer in the season one episode, Plain Sight.

Jamie Luner (Melrose Place) plays gallery owner Riley Madison who does him no favors with her diplomatic critiques of his paintings, finally leading to the following unwittingly humorous exchange (apologies to Mr. Bernero if I misquote the dialogue):

Hughes presents a large splotchy blood canvas.
Madison responds with silence.
Hughes: [helpfully] It's abstract.
Madison: I understand the concept. Throwing paint on the wall doesn't make it art.

The UnSub irritated me immensely.  I'm not sure if that was due to a lack on the actor's part or because the character just did not seem very bright, since dense UnSubs irk me to no end (example: the bankrupt fisherman / kidnapper in Coda, played by the versatile Lew Turner, DROVE ME CRAZY).  Either that, or I just can't identify with their delusions sufficiently.  In any case, it was with a sense of relief that I watched him commit suicide-by-Hotch.

My Question? Exactly what kind of club has a Spanking Room?
(Maybe I just need to get out more...)


Speaking of Hotch, it was a pleasure to watch him gently coax Blake's deductions out once she started having her unfocused-gaze / light bulb moment about the UnSub's motivations.  The rest of the team's subsequent (if you'll pardon the term) insanely on-target profiling left me bemused, since it was either highly improbable, or merely a sign of the BAU's extreme skill, depending upon your point of view.

Then again, they've certainly all had  plenty of unfortunate first hand experience, since it's apparently lethal to become involved with the BAU: Gideon, Hotch, Rossi, and now Reid, have all lost loved ones due to unnatural causes.

On the bright side, there were lovely examples of more positive interactions: JJ and Garcia's visit to Reid's apartment ("Knock twice if you're conscious...", magnesium a la Reid) and Morgan's gentleness with Reid's withdrawal.  And I really enjoyed watching Blake and Rossi together (in a non-shipper way!) when they went to investigate the unnamed and highly dubious club with the Spanking Room.  Hopefully we'll see more of their humorous exchanges in future episodes.  

Rossi's reaction upon being told he'd have to visit the Spanking Room.
My Opinion? Rossi's eyebrows should get guest star billing

This was Jason Bernero's first outing as a CM writer.  His years working on the show have helped him flesh out the nuances of the team's relationships, especially during such a difficult period.  I'm looking forward to his future efforts.

Glenn Kershaw has directed some of my favorite episodes (Profiler, Profiled; Limelight; Lo-Fi; and Into The Woods) and this episode may well join that group in the future.

Once again, Erica Messer's strategy of pairing a new CM writer with an experienced CM director has clearly paid off.

~~~~ Chaucer