Mandy Patinkin is leaving Criminal Minds
Last Friday intrepid TV Squad reporter Isabelle Carreau posted an item about Criminal Minds lead Mandy Patinkin not returning to the CBS drama. Now it has been confirmed by both ABC Studios and CBS Paramount Network Television that Patinkin is definitely not returning to the program for the new season.
In press releases sent to the hugely palatial TV Squad offices both ABC and CBS stated that Mandy left the show due to "creative differences" and not because of contract renegotiations or salary disputes. As Isabelle reported in an update to her post Patinkin will return for one episode early next season that will explain his departure from the series. In the meantime, a new character will be added to Criminal Minds to fill his spot.Having never seen an episode of the show I cannot say whether this will be good or bad for the program; you can tell me that in the comments section. However, what I can say is this all seems very familiar when it comes to Patinkin. Back in the 1990's Mandy left another CBS drama, Chicago Hope, after only one season. The reason, he said, was to spend more time with his family, which to many people meant that he had issues with the way the show was going.