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Is A.J. Cook Returning to 'Criminal Minds'?

by Jean Bentley, posted Apr 13th 2011 4:47PM
AJ Cook, Paget BrewsterCould the higher-ups behind A.J. Cook's departure from 'Criminal Minds' be second-guessing their decision to axe the actress from the show?

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.'

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Did Paget Brewster's Emily Die in Her Final 'Criminal Minds' Episode? (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Mar 17th 2011 7:25AM
Emily (Paget Brewster) in Final 'Criminal Minds' EpisodeIn Paget Brewster's final episode, Emily Prentiss is up against her old flame/nemesis on 'Criminal Minds' (Wed., 9PM ET on CBS). But Ian Doyle has trapped her. Time for Derek, David, Hotch and the rest of the team to come to the rescue.

"Agent Prentiss is our only friendly in the building. Rescuing her is our primary objective," says Hotch. Derek adds, "Our only advantage here is stealth. Once they know we're on site, there's nothing to stop them from killing her."

(Spoiler alert.)

They charge in (quietly), and Derek discovers her in the basement, nearly unconscious. Ian Doyle has skewered her torso with a wooden post.

Derek is too late: Emily doesn't survive the injury. Or does she...?

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Five Popular Shows That Should End This Season

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 28th 2011 5:30PM
CSIWhen is it time for a popular TV show to come to an end?

If the show is still getting good ratings, the network might not want to lose a hit. But fans could counter that the quality has deteriorated over time. Another reason for a show to end is if the star leaves the show and it naturally has to end with them (as will likely be the case with 'Two and a Half Men').

All of those scenarios are covered in this list of five shows that are still popular but probably should end this season anyway. Now, all of these shows won't be ending this season -- in fact, all but one have been renewed -- but from a pure storytelling viewpoint, it might be time for them to be over.

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'Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior' Season 1, Episode 1 (Series Premiere) Recap

by Piet Levy, posted Feb 17th 2011 5:30AM
'Criminal Minds: Suspect Behvior' S01/E01['Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior' - 'Two of a Kind']

I like Forest Whitaker, a lot. And I like Janeane Garofalo, a lot. And I admit I like 'Criminal Minds', CBS's highly watched FBI procedural, a lot too (well, sometimes).

But, based on this mindless premiere episode, I don't like 'Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior,' the new spin-off starring Oscar-winner Whitaker and great comedian/solid actress Garofalo. Well, not so much.

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Review: 'Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior' Delivers More of the Same

by Maureen Ryan, posted Feb 16th 2011 12:15PM
If you like what 'Criminal Minds' does, then 'Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior' should be right up your alley.

In this spin-off of the popular CBS procedural, Forest Whitaker plays Sam Cooper, the leader of an "elite team" of agents who use "unconventional methods" to track down America's worst criminals, according to CBS's press site. The "elite team" part sounds right; it almost goes without saying that this team is the best and the toughest and could be described with many other words that end in "-est."

But really, "unconventional" methods? I beg to differ. Doesn't every CBS procedural revolve around an uncompromising team leader who schools lesser cops and cuts through stupid bureaucracy until he gets what he needs and Delivers Justice? As a cop show, 'Suspect Behavior' is about as conventional as they come.

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Lucky Us: Movie Stars Are Taking Over Our TV!

by Stephanie Earp, posted Feb 15th 2011 11:15AM
Everyone is talking about Forest Whitaker coming to TV. Actually, I should clarify that statement: By everyone, I mean my colleagues who write about TV or edit sites and magazines about TV. I imagine most of you haven't been racking up your long distance bill comparing Oscar winner Forest Whitaker to Laurence Fishburne.

I'm mainly surprised by how surprised everyone is. This trend -- if you can call it that -- of serious screen actors taking lead roles on procedural dramas is getting kind of long in the tooth. At this point, you can't even launch a legal or crime show without first securing the services of a frequently nominated supporting actor type -- a Sinise, D'Onofrio or Patinkin.

It makes me wish there was some kind of long-term betting site where I could place money on the likelihood of 'Law & Order: Space Station' starring Jeremy Renner debuting in 2035, or 'CSI: Missoula' with special guest star Mark Ruffalo.

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Stockard Channing Joins Ron Moore's Magic Pilot, 'Burn Notice' Prequel Gets Premiere Date and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Feb 11th 2011 6:00PM
Stockard ChanningStockard Channing will headline '17th Precinct,' the new magic-based pilot from 'Battlestar Galactica' mastermind Ron Moore.

According to Deadline Hollywood, the 'West Wing' veteran will play Mira, a former homicide detective who now covers robberies. '17th Precinct' is set in the fictional city of Excelsior, a place where magic and the supernatural rule.

When NBC picked up the show to pilot, it was described as a 'Harry Potter'-type show for grown-ups.

In other TV news ...

'Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe' will premiere April 17 at 9PM on USA. The prequel is set in 2005 and directed by 'Burn Notice' star Jeffrey Donovan. [Entertainment Weekly]

Gary Cole has joined the cast of Fox's comedy pilot 'Tagged.' Cole will play James Percy, a coroner who works with his son. [Deadline Hollywood]

Will Paget Brewster leave 'Criminal Minds'? The actress is currently fielding comedy pilot offers from Fox. Her final 'Criminal Minds' episode of the season will end with a cliffhanger, A.J. Cook is returning to the series to possibly whisk her away. [Deadline Hollywood]

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First Look: 'Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior' (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted Feb 2nd 2011 1:30PM
Criminal Minds: Suspect BehaviorCBS has released the first look at its next surefire hit, 'Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior.' As expected it's pretty creepy, with lots of inspirational dialogue and tons of action.

Forest Whitaker and Janeane Garofalo headline a pretty and grizzled cast of FBI agents who profile the worst kind of criminals.

The first episode follows the team as they try to crack a child abduction case. Check out the trailer below. It's chock full of what you've come to love about 'Criminal Minds' plus smart aleck Janeane Garofalo.

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A.J. Cook Returning to 'Criminal Minds,' Chris Messina Joins 'Damages' and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Feb 1st 2011 11:45AM
A.J. CookA.J. Cook is heading back to 'Criminal Minds.'

After being let go from the series, Cook will return to the CBS drama for one episode this spring.

According to TVLine, Cook will return to set this week.

Fans mounted online campaigns in support of Cook and her character, J.J., but the only result was a two-episode swan song earlier this season.

UPDATE: Cook took to Twitter to confirm the news. She's returning for Paget Brewster's final episode of the CBS series.

In other casting news ...

'Little Fockers' star Teri Polo has landed a TV role in ABC's 'Man Up!', a comedy about what it's like to live as a modern man. She'll play a "super-mom who is addicted to Facebook." She also scored the lead in the Hallmark movie 'A Taste of Romance.' [Deadline Hollywood]

Chris Messina has joined the cast of DirecTV's 'Damages.' The 'Julie & Julia' actor will play a former soldier friend of Ellen Parsons who is recruited to work for a shadowy private security firm in Afghanistan. [Entertainment Weekly]

Jane Lynch and Kiefer Sutherland will lend their voices to episodes in season 23 of 'The Simpsons.' Lynch will play Homer's new assistant -- who then takes his job. Sutherland will play a very Jack Bauer–esque character who heads to Springfield to escape his enemies. [TV Guide]

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'Jersey Shore' Breaks Ratings Records Again, Michelle Obama Heading to 'Oprah' and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Jan 21st 2011 6:10PM
Jersey Shore'Jersey Shore' continues to shatter ratings records for MTV.

According to the Live Feed, Thursday's episode, featuring the Snooki arrest fallout and JWoww's breakup, was seen by 8.9 million viewers. This is MTV's largest audience for a series telecast ever -- the previous record was set a few weeks ago after the season 2.5 premiere. Last week's episode had 8.6 million viewers.

'Jersey Shore's' audience is about two times the size of NBC's 'Community.' Just sayin'.

In other TV News ...

The cast of CBS's 'Criminal Minds' sorta hopes the new spinoff series, 'Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior,' fails. Say what? Series star Shemar Moore is quoted as saying, "I'm flattered that we've done such a good job that they would like to do another show, but there's another part of me that wants it to fail." [TV Guide Canada]

Jaren Brandt Bartlett will play Jaime Reyes/Blue Beetle on 'Smallville.' Look for the relatively unknown actor to appear in episode 17, 'Booster.' [Entertainment Weekly]

First Lady Michelle Obama will sit down with Oprah Winfrey for an episode of 'The Oprah Winfrey Show.' Obama's interview will focus on the launch of a campaign to support families with somebody serving in the military. The show is set to air on Thurs., Jan. 27. [Hollywood Reporter]

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Casting News: Eliza Dushku Off TNT's 'Bird Dog,' Rick Schroder Signs on for Lifetime Pilot and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 7th 2010 11:00AM
Eliza DushkuWell, so much for a return to TV. Eliza Dushku is no longer starring in TNT's 'Bird Dog' pilot.

The 'Dollhouse' actress took to Twitter to make the announcement. "Hey guys! News to report~ We have mutually & AMICABLY decided to part ways on 'Bird Dog' due to creative differences. No worries/fears/tears."

Dushku was set to play the lead in the cop drama about a young police officer whose estranged father randomly shows up in her small town and becomes her partner.

According to Hollywood Reporter, TNT has confirmed the split.

In other casting news ...

Adrianne Palicki will guest star on CBS's 'Criminal Minds.' The 'Friday Night Lights' star will play Sydney, a troubled woman who comes from a history of abuse. She and her lover get her kicks from drinking and killing people. [TV Guide]

Nathan Fillion wants to be on 'Glee.' The 'Castle' star, no stranger to singing thanks to 'Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog,' wants to play a mean Broadway scout, and only sing a tiny bit on the hit Fox series. [Hollywood Reporter]

'NYPD Blue' star Rick Schroder has landed a role in Lifetime's 'Meet Jane' pilot. Schroder will play the husband to Molly Parker's Jane. The project follows Jane, an unhappy mother of two who is asked to spy on her husband by the FBI. [Deadline Hollywood]

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'Criminal Minds': Rachel Nichols Promoted to Series Regular, Paget Brewster Mulls Options

by Catherine Lawson, posted Dec 6th 2010 8:35AM
Paget BrewsterBack in June we told you how, despite axing AJ Cook and reducing the number of episodes Paget Brewster appears in, 'Criminal Minds' producers said they were looking to hire a new female series regular.

Now we hear that they've kept their word. According to deadline.com Rachel Nichols ('Alias,' 'Star Trek') is in talks to join the drama as a series regular. If she signs, it will make her the first new regular addition since Joe Mantegna in 2007.

Meanwhile, producers are also said to have approached Paget Brewster -- who is almost halfway through what could be her final season with the show -- with an offer to reinstate her previous status as a full series regular. And apparently she's turned them down.

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What to Watch: December 6 - 12

by Stephanie Earp, posted Dec 6th 2010 2:30AM
'How I Met Your Mother' - Monday, Dec. 6, 8PM ET/PT, Citytv/CBS

Ted decides to prove the wisdom of 'When Harry Met Sally' wrong by maintaining his new friendship with married lady Zoey (Jennifer Morrison, 'House'). Which is why he does something no non-fictional character would ever do: invite Kyle MacLachlan into his apartment. He plays Zoey's husband. Who are these perfectly normal fictional women who keep marrying this guy? Haven't they seen 'Blue Velvet' and 'Twin Peaks'? Dude is cute, yes, but seriously creepy.

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'Criminal Minds' Star Thomas Gibson on Losing A.J. Cook and the Future of the Show

by Piet Levy, posted Oct 13th 2010 2:00PM
Thomas Gibson, Criminal MindsAs if profiling and catching serial killers weren't dramatic enough, the 'Criminal Minds' crew is dealing with some major shake-ups behind the scenes.

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.

Star Thomas Gibson, who plays Aaron Hotchner, took a few minutes to talk to TV Squad about how all these changes might impact the show and its fan base.

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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.

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