Saturday, November 5, 2011

'Criminal Minds' Out Star Kirsten Vangsness Goes Noir

By Diane Anderson-Minshall

Shemar Moore isn't the kind of guy you'd expect to turn a girl gay.

In fact, the former fashion model, who spent much of the 90s on the steamy daytime drama The Young and the Restless is considered one of the sexiest men in Hollywood. He's more likely to be joked about as someone who could make men gay.

Yet in 2005, Moore unwittingly helped his Criminal Minds costar Kirsten Vangsness figure out that she is, as she says, “super queer.” Over brunch at her favorite café in the Larchmont Village neighborhood of Los Angeles, Vangsness laughs as she tells the story.

“Season 1 was right when I was coming out,” remembers the 39-year-old actress, who stars as Penelope Garcia on the hit CBS drama opposite Moore (as flirty coworker Derek Morgan). “It was like one of the coolest things to sit there with Shemar. I was just a guest star at first. I had two lines, and they kept making my part a little bigger. We got along famously and he was flirting with me and I remember thinking, I must be queer. I should be reacting differently to what he's doing."

Now in its seventh season, Criminal Minds was the 10th-highest-rated show on TV this spring, and at one point it'd drawn 26 million viewers. It stars an ensemble that Vangsness says is like one big family, including Moore, Paget Brewster, A.J. Cook, Thomas Gibson, Matthew Gray Gubler, and Joe Mantegna. It's been such a hit that CBS did a short-lived spin off last year, Suspect Behavior. Vangsness was the only original Criminal Minds cast member to star in both shows, though she was one of many who worried that even with a stellar cast (Suspect Behavior co-starred Forest Whitaker and Janeane Garofalo) the magic of Criminal Minds couldn't be duplicated.

“That chemistry does not come every day,” says Vangsness. We genuinely get along. On other sets they say ‘Cut’ and everybody goes to their trailers. Here everybody stays. We're all joking around and talking.” The relationships extend off the set as well. “Shemar goes to every single play I've ever done ever since I've met him,” she says. “All of them do, actually."

The daughter of elementary school teachers (dad was band director and an opera singer, as well), Vangsness grew up in Southern California's theater community but didn't quite fit in. “From the time I was about 7 until I was about 13 or 14, I looked like I was Pat from Saturday Night Live,” she laughs. “I'm not exaggerating, remotely."

A target of bullies, Vangsness wants to do an It Gets Better video to remind kids that being different is okay — and so is letting your “freak flag fly.” Vangsness says she developed her own unique sense of style: “I dress like a 7-year-old space pilot. I have clothes that I still wear regularly from high school. My mom would give us $20 and she would send us to the thrift store, and I would [buy] a faux fur coat with a pimp-daddy collar and some sort of nature scene polyester dress."

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Criminal Minds Promo Video for episode 7.07 'There's No Place Like Home'

Criminal Minds Episode Comments for 7.06 'Epilogue'


Isabella Hoffmann Returns as Rossi’s Ex-Wife, Carolyn

Zach Filkins from the Hit Music Group OneRepublic Guest Stars as a Forest Ranger

“Epilogue” – The BAU search California’s Angeles National Forest after a number of bodies mysteriously turn up in the mountain lakes there. Also, Rossi struggles with an agonizing decision regarding his ex-wife, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Nov. 2 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Isabella Hoffmann returns as Rossi’s ex-wife, Carolyn. Zach Filkins from the hit music group OneRepublic guest stars as a forest ranger.

Criminal Minds Screencaps Recap Episode 7.05 'From Childhood's Hour'

TV Line's Exclusive - Shawn Hatosy Guest Stars on CM

Photo courtesy of the CM Set Report

Story by: Matt Webb Mitovich

Shawn Hatosy pulled no punches during his between-seasons hiatus from Southland, making time to land a plum guest-starring role on CBS’ Criminal Minds, TVLine has learned exclusively. We’ve also got a first look at his portrayal of a punch-drunk pugilist.

Read more here: TVLine

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Novelist Patricia Cornwell Guest stars in 7.11 "True Genius"

Photo courtesy of the Patricia Cornwell's Twitter account @1pcornwell

Contemporary American crime novelist Patricia Cornwell will guest star as herself in Criminal Minds episode 7.11 "True Genius. The episode will air January 18, 2012.

Ms. Cornwell is most famous for her Dr. Kay Scarpetta mystery novels and her continued study of the Jack the Ripper case. Sounds like a perfect fit for Criminal Minds.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Criminal Minds Promotional Pictures for Episode 7.10 'Bittersweet Science'

Criminal Minds DVR+7 days viewing Ratings for the Week ending on Oct 9

Source: TvByTheNumbers

Largest 18-49 Ratings Increase From DVR Viewing for Broadcast TV Shows:

Rank Shows
18-49 L+SD (Rating) 18-49 L+7 (Rating)
1 Modern Family
5.9 8.3
2 Two and a Half Men
5.9 7.5
3.6 5.1
4 Big Bang Theory, THE
4.6 5.9
5 Criminal Minds
3.8 5.1
3.3 4.6
7 Private Practice
2.3 3.5
2.6 3.7
9 Hawaii Five-0
2.7 3.8
4 5.1      

Largest Average Viewership Increase From DVR Viewing for Broadcast TV Shows:
Rank Shows
Viewers L+SD (Rating) ViewersL+7 (000) Post Airdate Increase (000)
1 Modern Family
13646 18357 4711
2 Mentalist, THE
12391 15887 3496
3 Two and a Half Men
16201 19477 3276
4 Hawaii Five-0
10070 13284 3214
5 Criminal Minds
12866 16015 3149
10934 14019 3085
10263 13224 2961
9972 12902 2930
18982 21820 2838
10 Body Of Proof
9002 11818 2816

Criminal Minds CTV promo for Episode 7.06 'Epilogue'