Here's the real story about Mandy Patinkin and Criminal Minds
There have been a lot of stories floating around about Mandy Patinkin's departure from CBS' Criminal Minds. That he's only going to be in one scene of the show to wrap up his storyline, that his costars didn't like him. Turns out neither of those stories are true.
Co-star A.J. Cook says that Patinkin has actually been phoning all of his Criminal Minds castmates and explaining to them what happened. Cook says that the cast didn't know what was going on, and now that they know they "just want him to be happy."
As for how much Patinkin will be in the show this season, executive producer Ed Bernero says (scroll down) that Patinkin actually worked for over 14 hours, not just one scene as had been reported. And he says it's not true that other cast members didn't want to work with him. It's just that the way they've set up the plot, the other actors weren't needed. He adds that it wasn't about money or time, that they wanted to give Patinkin those things. He just didn't show up for work.
The first episode of the season is going to be the episode from last season that was pulled because of the Virginia Tech shootings. The episode will be re-edited now, as a flashback, and we'll see scenes of Patinkin's character writing a note to a mysterious unknown person. Joe Mantegna's character will show up in the fifth episode of the season.