Friday, November 15, 2013

CRIMINAL MINDS Season 9 - Interview with Esai Morales

You may know Esai Morales from NYPD Blue or the Battlestar Galactica prequel, Caprica . But right now everyone is talking about his role on the hit crime drama, Criminal Minds . Mr. Morales joined the cast for their ninth season portraying the new section chief, Matt Cruz.

Mr. Morales recently took some time out of his busy schedule to talk about acting and, specifically, about his role on Criminal Minds!

Tell us about yourself.
I am an actor and an activist of Puertorican descent. I have a great desire to learn and not just conform with what's on the surface. I believe in social justice and education. I am the proud parent of beautiful 3 year old girl. I like to box and play tennis.

How did you first become interested in acting?
I remember being very inspired by the movie A Dog Day Afternoon with Al Pacino. However, since I was a child I had a very vivid imagination. I learned how to read and never looked back.

What is the audition process like for a film or television series?
It varies from project to project. I am fortunate to be having more and more straight offers bypassing the audition process. When I do get to audition it is still challenging and in some level fun.

You have a very extensive filmography; do you have a favorite project you have worked on?
One of my favorite projects is...

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CRIMINAL MINDS Season 9 - 910. The Caller - Press Release

Guest Stars Include Doug Savant and Marika Dominczyk as Malcolm and Lida Taffert, the Parents of the Child

“The Caller” – When a young boy goes missing from his home in St. Louis, the BAU reinvestigates a similar cold case to search for the UnSub, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Nov. 27 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Guest stars include Doug Savant and Marika Dominczyk as Malcolm and Lida Taffert, parents of the missing child.

CHEAT TWEET: A cold case heats up 4 the BAU when it could help them solve a similar new crime on #CriminalMinds 11/27, 9pm

Joe Mantegna (David Rossi)
Thomas Gibson (Aaron Hotchner)
Shemar Moore (Derek Morgan)
Matthew Gray Gubler (Dr. Spencer Reid)
A.J. Cook (Jennifer “JJ” Jareau)
Kirsten Vangsness (Penelope Garcia)
Jeanne Tripplehorn (Alex Blake)

Marika Dominczyk (Lida Taffert)
Doug Savant (Malcolm Taffert)
Frank Collison (Richard Clayvin)
Adam Edgar (Agent Green)
Kevin Rock (Dr. Eldon Mercer)
Carl Schwaber (Leon Burns)
Elia Saldana (Marla Golden)
Mike Ostroski (Daniel Milworth)
Adalgiza Chermont (Nurse)
Marcus Eckert (Young Boy Daniel)
Beth Fraser (Reporter)
Katie Burton (Holly Golden)

WRITTEN BY: Sharon Lee Watson

Thursday, November 14, 2013

CRIMINAL MINDS Season 9 - 909. Strange Fruit - CTV Promo Video

CRIMINAL MINDS Season 9 - 200th episode - Matt's Inside Line [Spoiler!]

by Matt Webb Mitovich

Have you heard anything about what’s going to happen in Criminal Minds‘ 200th episode? –Elizabeth

We of course already know that Paget Brewster will be back to appear in new flashbacks (and more?) as Prentiss. But now I can also report that Jayne Atkinson...

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

CRIMINAL MINDS Season 9 - 909. Strange Fruit - Promo Video

CRIMINAL MINDS Season 9 - 908. The Return - Comments Thread

This thread is open for you all to post comments and talk about tonight's new CRIMINAL MINDS episode, titled 'The Return', and written by Kim Harrison.

Hope you've enjoyed today's episode, and remember that yes, next week we'll get too a brand new one!

CRIMINAL MINDS Season 9 - 908. The Return - Interview with Shemar Moore at TVLine

by Matt Webb Mitovich

As excited as Shemar Moore is for CBS’ Criminal Minds (Wednesdays, 9/8c) to embark on its “quickest, deepest dive” ever into Derek Morgan's love life, he is well aware that one group of 'shippers may be watching it unfold through their fingers. “I'm kind of wary of how the Morgan/Garcia fans are going...'

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CRIMINAL MINDS Season 9 - 908. The Return - Interview with Shemar Moore at TVGuide

by Joyce Eng

Garcia better watch out — Morgan's got a new baby girl in his life Criminal Minds (9/8c, CBS), viewers will meet Morgan's (Shemar Moore) secret girlfriend Savannah (Rochelle Aytes). Her arrival shouldn't be too much of a shock to keen fans: Morgan casually mentioned that he had to cancel a date with his neighbor after a case came up in the season premiere...

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CRIMINAL MINDS Season 9 - Happy Birthday, Joe Mantegna!

We, the Knights and Ladies of the Criminal Minds Roundtable, dearly wish Joe Mantegna a very Happy Birthday!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

CRIMINAL MINDS Season 9 - 200th episode - TV Guide Scoop - News

Any more scoop about Criminal Minds' 200th episode? — Leo

ADAM: Well, first of all, don't miss the last few minutes of the 199th, because it will feature a perilous cliff-hanger involving JJ that will force Cruz to...

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CRIMINAL MINDS Season 9 - 908. The Return - Sneak Peek

Monday, November 11, 2013

CRIMINAL MINDS Season 9 - 907. Gatekeeper - Review

This week's episode Gatekeeper - directed by our very own Dr. Reid, Matthew Gray Gubler, and written by fan favorite Rick Dunkle - was a really interesting and compelling episode. What I have always loved about Criminal Minds is how it perfectly dances on the line between being a show about the good guys catching the bad guys and the bad guys being human even in their evil. Sometimes we get truly depraved villains, but sometimes we get people who just cracked down the middle like we did this week, and the story is just devastatingly sad.

This one was about a father named Tanner Johnson who didn't pay attention when he should have been, and lost his child because of it. And then his wife, and finally his sanity completely. His way of coping was to try to create family around him to show that he was worthy of a second chance. Unfortunately, he demonstrated this by stalking the people he was “protecting” and murdering those who would hurt these people, which is why our group got the call in.

Overall, I really enjoyed the story because it made me feel something, and that's always more interesting to me than just stock good and bad situations. Psychologically, it was fascinating to watch. That said, I did have a moment of being irritated with our team. After the baby was born, Morgan pulled the father out, and it just seemed unnecessarily harsh considering that we know what had broken his home. What would letting him see his child have hurt? He'd likely never see it again, and it just seemed a bit cruel to me deprive Tanner of those few seconds.

Some great team character moments included Reid delivering the child, his clever thinking with the scissors, Rossi and his bar ("Eagles" for the win!) and then of course the bit at the end with karaoke and Hotch smiling.

~~~~Sir Gareth