After three flop movies (one in 1989, another in 2004 and the last one in 2008), Marvel and Fox are working on bringing the vigilante to TV. The network has ordered a pilot based on the comic series. According to EW, 'Criminal Minds' executive producer Ed Bernero is working on the project.
The character first debuted in 'The Amazing Spider-Man' comic in 1974. In the series, Frank Castle becomes a murderous vigilante after the death of his family at the hands of the mob.
According to Deadline, Cook is in talks to rejoin the show in the fall, possibly due to the massive fan outcry that occurred as a result of Cook's contract not being renewed and the number of episodes for costar Paget Brewster being reduced. Apparently, Cook was approached to return when writers came up with several storylines for her character, Special Agent Jennifer "J.J." Jareau.
Other changes are afoot, too. Showrunner Ed Bereno is leaving the series and transferring his showrunner powers to fellow executive producer Erica Messer, while Brewster could also return to 'Criminal Minds' for good depending on the fate of her NBC comedy pilot, 'My Life As an Experiment.'
Actress A.J. Cook was cut from the show (her character Jennifer "JJ" Jareau was transferred to work at the Pentagon against her wishes), while actress Paget Brewster, who plays Emily Prentiss, will appear in fewer episodes this season, causing a great deal of fan backlash and even criticism from the cast. And last week it was announced that 'Criminal Minds' showrunner Ed Bernero will also take over as showrunner for the January spin-off 'Criminal Minds: Suspect Behaviour,' starring Forest Whitaker and Janeane Garofalo.
'Criminal Minds' continues to be the most watched show on Wednesdays, but ratings have been down by about one or two million per week compared to the same period last year. And of course questions about the show's future linger.
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.
The Criminal Minds exec producer is also creating a new version of the classic show that starred Jack Lord as Steve McGarrett, head of an elite branch of the fictional Hawaii State Police. The show won two Primetime Emmys and ran on CBS from 1968 to 1980 (Really?! It ran that long?!).
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the new version will feature McGarrett's son as top cop. Bernero says he won't try and re-invent the series, and will "keep as much of the original show as possible."
Okay, let's think about this. Who looks enough like Jack Lord to play his son? (Of course, he'll have to have the same immovable, thick mane.) Jake Gyllenhaal? Kyle MacLachlan? How about Peter Krause? Dirty Sexy Money can't last much longer, can it?
Because the Criminal Minds spinoff is still in the discussion phase, there's no news on exactly what the new show will entail. But, since there are obviously many more specialties within the FBI besides criminal profiling, chances are the new series will focus on one of those. As is the case with most spinoffs nowadays, the new series will probably be introduced via a "backdoor pilot" in an upcoming Criminal Minds episode.
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."
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