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Creative Shuffle on 'Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior': Ed Bernero to Helm Series

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 6th 2010 10:20AM
Criminal MindsChris Mundy has been ousted as showrunner of the 'Criminal Minds' spinoff, leaving Ed Bernero to pull double duty on as head of both 'Minds' dramas.

Mundy served as a writer and co-executive producer on the original 'Criminal Minds' before being handed the reins of the spinoff. However, according to Deadline Hollywood, CBS was unhappy with the show's creative direction and brought in Bernero.

The spinoff, titled 'Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior' and starring Forest Whitaker and Janeane Garofalo, will begin a 13-episode run at midseason.

Having one showrunner for a mothership show and its spinoff isn't out of the ordinary at CBS. Shane Brennan runs both 'NCIS' and 'NCIS: LA.'

Besides his work on 'Criminal Minds,' Mundy has worked on 'Cold Case' and 'Chicago Hope' among other programs. According to Variety, he had never served as a showrunner before.

With Bernero running both shows, executive producers Simon Mirren and Erica Messer will have more control at 'Criminal Minds,' but Bernero will still be the showrunner.

This shakeup mirrors another that happened at CBS with 'Blue Bloods.' In August, executive producer Ken Sanzel exited the show due to creative differences with star Tom Selleck. The change had little to no effect, seeing as 'Blue Bloods' is a ratings winner this season.

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Criminal Minds was a great show but with all the changes the show doesn't have the same feel. Bring JJ back and keep the cast and you'll save the show. You could add characters to the show and drop them after a while to bring in a change and help the writers to keep it fresh. But you have to keep the main core of the cast. Keep it like it is going and we wont care if we miss an episode and after a while we may even stop watching.

March 03 2011 at 9:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Man, the behind the scenes at Criminal Minds is really going to hell. MORE budget cuts? Yeesh. I thought this show was supposed to be some kind of hit.

October 06 2010 at 11:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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