Criminal Minds has had unfaltering ratings for CBSever since its debut in 2005. Millions tune in consistently to watch the team of the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit profile, research, and find “unknown subjects” or “Unsubs”, wanted for the most awful crimes. Here’s a look behind the camera of the crime procedural smash.
1. Paget Brewster and A.J. Cook Got Jerked Around
In no time before the start of season 6, Paget Brewster (Special Agent Emily Prentiss) and A.J. Cook were sacked from the show. The official word came down to budget cuts. However, as per Brewster, the genuine reason was far seedier. Apparently, somebody from CBS called Criminal Minds show runner Edward Allen Bernero and requested him to get “new ladies.” This meant more youthful ladies. Cook shot an episode to clarify why her character, J.J. was leaving. Nevertheless, Brewster’s agent negotiated for an extra 17 episodes before her death. On-screen character Rachel Nichols replaced Brewster and Cook, and Brewster went ahead to shoot a pilot. Once the pilot wasn’t taken, the new Criminal Minds makers, since Bernero quit, claimed that those 17 episodes constituted one more year of her agreement. This compelled her to come back to the show that had terminated her and murdered off her character. After a large number of fans wrote in complaint letters, Cook and J.J. came back to Criminal Minds also.
2. Mandy Patinkin Left The Show Then Trashed It.
Mandy Patinkin is somewhat of a serial weakling. As it is, Criminal Minds is the third show he suddenly left, after his prematurely ended roles on Chicago Hope and Dead Like Me. He first said he exited Criminal Minds in 2007 to spend more time with his family. However, in 2012, he called signing the show as one of his biggest mistakes. He further added that the plot of raping and murder was destructive to his personality and soul. His other cast member Jeanne Tripplehorn, openly reacted to Patinkin’s remarks, calling him a hypocrite since“Homeland,”the show he proceeded onward to, was equally savage and sexist.