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Jennifer Love Hewitt To Join The Cast Of 'Criminal Minds'

July 1st, 2014 10:55pm EDT
Jennifer Love Hewitt
Jennifer Love Hewitt has found a new home on television following the cancelation of her Lifetime series The Client List back in November.

Hewitt will now join hit CBS crime drama Criminal Minds in a recurring role as an undercover FBI agent named Kate Callahan. The actress will join stars Joe Mantegna, Shemar Moore and Jeanne Tripplehorn as part of the agency's Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU).

"We're thrilled to introduce a new special agent by adding the very talented Jennifer Love Hewitt to our amazing cast," said 'Criminal Minds' executive producer Erica Messer in a statement on Tuesda...
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Fall TV 2014: A Night By Night Comparison Of What May And May Not Work

May 15th, 2014 2:40pm EDT
Fall TV 2014: A Night By Night Comparison Of What May And May No
Now that all the big networks have revealed what they’ll be showing us this fall, let’s take a look at what may or may not work.

SUNDAY:

ABC is essentially playing it safe, and keeping Sunday Night intact. American Crime will swap for Resurrection at midseason. Resurrection was a buzzy drama that started seeing a ratings decline. Not waiting till midseason is probably a smart move. You don’t want to lose any more audience. It’s not a winning strategy, but ABC just doesn’t want to be in last place.

NBC has football, another super safe move. CBS is shaking things up, banishing Amazing Race...
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A.J. Cook Previews 'Criminal Minds' Season Finale

May 14th, 2014 12:05pm EDT
A.J. Cook Previews 'Criminal Minds' Season Finale
Criminal Minds has put viewers on the edge of our seats again with its season finale. In last week's part one of two, multiple members of the BAU team were injured in a shootout, and one character is rumored to be leaving the series in tonight's conclusion, "Demons." To get the dish on the season-ender, BFTV checked back in with A.J. Cook, who plays agent Jennifer "J.J." Jareau, after she spoke with us for the season premiere back in September.

While you're biting your nails waiting to see who survives, A.J. said she too gets nervous when it comes time for the season finale. "Absolutely. A...
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CBS Renews A Ton Of Shows

March 13th, 2014 3:16pm EDT
The Good Wife
CBS issued renewals to NCIS, NCIS: LA, CSI, Criminal Minds, Person Of Interest, Elementary, Hawaii Five-O, Blue Bloods, The Good Wife, 2 Broke Girls, The Millers, Mom, Mike and Molly, Two and a Half Men, The Amazing Race, Survivor, Undercover Boss, 60 Minutes, and 48 Hours. Add to that the renewal of The Big Bang Theory, and CBS just renewed a whopping 20 shows.

Not being picked up, but still not cancelled, are The Mentalist, Intelligence, Hostages, and The Crazy Ones. I would definitely rule out Intelligence and Hostages. Both failed to grab huge audiences. I think The Mentalist will prob...
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A.J. Cook Previews 'Criminal Minds' Season 9 Premiere

September 25th, 2013 12:15pm EDT
Criminal Minds
Since it airs on the same network as NCIS and CSI, you'd be forgiven for not recognizing what a juggernaut Criminal Minds is. The serial killer-hunting drama returns tonight for its ninth season, and longtime cast member A.J. Cook - who plays Special Agent Jennifer "J.J." Jareau - joined BFTV last week to preview the opening episodes and discuss how the pull-no-punches procedural has stayed on the air for about three times as long as most shows.

"I feel like our viewers have really come to love these characters," she theorized, "and I feel like our show is not overly publicized, so I think...
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2013 Fall TV Preview: The Returning Shows On The CW & CBS

September 4th, 2013 6:00pm EDT
Arrow
The CW and CBS are complete opposites. The CW shouldn't be in business, and CBS is THE business. The CW aims for teenagers to lose their sh!t on social media. CBS aims for the median age of the people in my office. I've never understood the Blue Bloods audience more than in the last year. My interest in The CW is odd and possibly unhealthy. I'm endlessly fascinated with its shows and attractive actors. I'll watch Reign just for Adelaide Kane. I'm not endlessly fascinated by CBS. CBS lulls me to sleep. I never wrote about Elementary's "Pilot" because I went to sleep mid-episode. I never watc...
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Joe Mantegna on 'Criminal Minds' Finale, Revisiting 'Glengarry Glen Ross'

May 17th, 2013 12:05pm EDT
Criminal Minds
Joe Mantegna is one of the great actors in show business. Whatever the medium or the genre, he always delivers an outstanding performance. On television, he's best known as Special Agent David Rossi on CBS's long-running procedural Criminal Minds. Mantegna joined BFTV yesterday to discuss next week's double-length Criminal Minds season finale and what it's been like for him to bring Rossi to life for the last six years.

"It's a two hour episode," the actor said of Wednesday's final installment. "It's like a little movie in a way. We're able to pull out all stops and devote our energy, our ...
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Beth Riesgraf Talks 'Criminal Minds' and the End of 'Leverage'

January 23rd, 2013 9:00am EST
Beth Riesgraf
Leverage may be gone, but Beth Riesgraf is still very much around. The actress followed up her five-season run as Parker on the TNT caper drama with a three-episode stint as Maeve Donovan, a new love interest for Dr. Spencer Reid, on CBS's Criminal Minds. Beth recently visited BFTV to talk about her arc on Criminal Minds, what it was like to join another series, and her parting words for Leverage's devoted fans.

"Matthew Gubler called me to see if I would be interested in doing a spot on the show and if I was even going to be available. The dates worked out perfect with Leverage," said Rie...
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'Criminal Minds' Star Paget Brewster Gets Re-Animated in New Season of 'Dan Vs.'

November 17th, 2012 9:15am EST
Paget Brewster
Fans know the talented and gorgeous Paget Brewster from her role as Emily Prentiss on CBS' Criminal Minds - but what you don't know is that she's one-third of one of the funniest shows on TV. On The Hub's animated comedy Dan Vs., Paget plays Elise, who tries to help her husband Chris keep his perpetually enraged best friend Dan out of trouble - and also happens to be the government's top superspy.

Today marks the third-season premiere of Dan Vs., in which Dan (voiced by Curtis Armstrong) spends each episode trying to get his revenge against something or someone that he believes has done ...
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2012 Television Premiere Dates

September 8th, 2012 9:45am EDT
The Voice
It's that time of year again. Television fans have appointments with their couches as the fall season kicks off this month with tons of returning favorites and new shows. DVRs will be working overtime as viewers record their must-see-TV programs and talk about them later at the watercooler.

Check out the premiere dates of the new season (brand new shows are indicated with italics and by *). All times are eastern unless otherwise indicated.

Monday, September 10
The Voice 8 p.m. NBC

Tuesday, September 11
Go On 9 p.m. NBC *
The New Normal 9:30 p.m. NBC *
Parenthood 10 p.m. NBC

Wednesday, ...
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CBS Unveils Just Four New Shows For 2012-13 Season; Cancels 'CSI: Miami'

May 16th, 2012 1:01pm EDT
CBS series Elementary
CBS just announced its new 2012-2013 primetime schedule, which includes four new series. The network is also making four key time period moves.

Nina Tassler, President, CBS Entertainment, commented, "These new series feature a great range of bold concepts, rich characters, big stars and fresh faces. From a new take on Sherlock Holmes to an epic battle for control of 1960s Las Vegas to a working-class point of view in a prestigious law firm, the dramas each have a unique style and sensibility."

The new series are:

-"Elementary," a contemporary take on the legendary detective Sherlock Hol...
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TV's Sexiest Male Stars 2012 Edition

January 7th, 2012 2:00pm EST
TV's Sexiest Male Stars 2012 Edition
Yesterday we brought you TV's sexiest female stars 2012 edition and to follow suit and not disappoint the ladies - here's our list of the sexiest males on TV.

Some of these Hollywood hunks star on your favorite shows, and a few others are making fresh starts in some of the new midseason replacement series' that have been debuting.

Check them all out and don't forget to leave us a comment below to let us know who we left off our list and who's on your list!

Ian Harding, Pretty Little Liars

Christian Kane, Leverage

Shane West, Nikita

Shemar Moore, Criminal Minds

C...
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Top 10 Creepiest Film & TV Serial Killers

October 29th, 2011 8:00am EDT
Top Ten Creepiest Fictional Serial Killers
Factual serial killers are scary. The idea that someone might be out there, on a deserted road or lurking in an alleyway, waiting to murder you is a horrible, horrible thought. But let’s face it: most of the time it’s the serial killers who keep you up at night are the ones that live on your television screen.

We’ve all been there: A Criminal Minds marathon on A&E, a Law and Order binge on Netflix instant... sometimes fictional serial killers are the creepiest ones of all. As Halloween approaches, I’d like to catalogue the 10 creepiest fictional serial killers.

10. Nicole Wallace (Law ...
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Fall 2011 TV Premiere Dates

September 6th, 2011 1:00pm EDT
Two and a Half Men
Labor Day is over, signaling the unofficial end of summer and the start of the new TV season. While television is somewhat entertaining during June, July, and August, it's the fall debuts that many TV addicts anticipate.

Next week the networks start rolling out new and returning series, kicking off with "90210" and "Ringer" on the CW on Tuesday, Sept. 13.

Check out the list below to see when your favorites air:

Tuesday, September 13
8 pm 90210 CW
9 pm Ringer (NEW!) CW
10 pm Parenthood NBC

Wednesday, September 14
8 pm H8R CW
8 pm Survivor: South Pacific CBS
9 pm America’s Next Top Mode...
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CBS Announces New & Returning Shows For 2011-12

May 18th, 2011 11:57am EDT
Blue Bloods
CBS announced today its new 2011-2012 primetime schedule, ordering five new series and making key time-period moves for CSI and The Good Wife to strengthen its already top-rated primetime lineup.

The new series include three new dramas and two new comedies: "Person Of Interest," a crime thriller from renowned executive producer J.J. Abrams starring Jim Caviezel, Emmy Award winner Michael Emerson and Academy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson; "Unforgettable," starring Dylan Walsh and Poppy Montgomery as a former detective with a rare condition that enables her to remember virtually every det...
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Ratings: Over 10 Million Viewers Check Out 'Mr. Sunshine'

February 11th, 2011 9:46am EST
Matthew Perry  | Photo Credits: Adam Larkey/ABC
How many friends does Chandler still have? Well, it turns out Matthew Perry had nearly 10.6 million who checked out the premiere of his new series, Mr. Sunshine.

Taking the timeslot (9:30/8:30c) usually occupied by fellow Friends alum Courteney Cox's sitcom, his show greatly improved on her numbers; last week, Cougar Town got 6.6 million. The last time ABC did so well during that half-hour was...

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Other Links From TVGuide.com

American Idol, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Matthew Perry, Courteney Cox, Criminal Minds, Human Target, Cougar Town, The Middle, Vampire Di...
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Brianna Brown: Busy And Loving It

February 8th, 2011 9:10pm EST
Brianna Brown
Brianna Brown is good at keeping herself busy – sometimes in spite of herself.

The energetic actress, a Twin Cities native who landed in Hollywood over a decade ago, is currently enjoying the success of her most recent role, Dr. Lisa Niles on ABC’s ‘General Hospital.’ She took over the part early last year in what she calls a ‘Fatal Attraction’ storyline. Her arc piqued so much interest it helped the storyline to be named Soap Opera Digest’s best of 2010.

In a phone interview, the witty Brown fondly describes Lisa as “just really manipulative.” It’s a departure from her earlier roles...
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Jason Alexander Returning To TV

December 9th, 2010 2:31pm EST
Jason Alexander
Seinfeld star Jason Alexander is set to return to TV - the funnyman is in talks to develop a small screen drama about a struggling actor.

Alexander is in negotiations with CBS network bosses to develop, produce and star in a new hour-long series, according to trade paper Variety.

The as-yet-untitled show reportedly centers around a struggling actor who joins his ex-wife's detective agency, and then becomes an expert in disguise by using his acting skills.

Alexander last starred as a sports show host for Listen Up in 2005 and has since guest starred in programs including Criminal Minds ...
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Gay 'Criminal Minds' Star Kirsten Vangsness To Get Married In Every Country Possible

September 24th, 2010 8:30am EDT
Kirsten Vangsness
Criminal Minds star Kristen Vangsness is planning to turn her same-sex wedding into a world tour - exchanging vows in every country.

The actress, who plays computer expert Penelope Garcia in the TV series, was forced to postpone her wedding plans in 2009 when gay marriage was outlawed in California, but now she and fiancee Melanie Goldstein have plans to turn their big day into a global celebration.

She tells EOnline.com, "We're going to do it in 2013 - no matter what. Melanie wants us to go to every place that it's (gay marriage) legal and just collect marriage certificates from places l...
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CBS Fall 2010 Line-Up: What And When To Watch

September 23rd, 2010 11:00am EDT
BigBang-120809-0001.jpg
Presenting Starpulse's quick-and-dirty guide to this fall's new CBS programming.

First, the new:

Mike & Molly, Mon. Sept. 20, 9:30/8:30 CST -- America's obesity epidemic has left a lot us a bit fluffier, and "Mike & Molly" might be CBS's attempt to deliver a show we can relate to. Unfortunately, that seems to be the extent of the humor -- being fluffy. The main characters, played by Billy Gardell ("Yes, Dear") and Melissa McCarthy ("Gilmore Girls"), meet at an Overeaters Anonymous meeting, fall for each other, and deal with the modern-day problems overweight couples face. Time will tel...
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'Criminal Minds' Fans Protest A.J. Cook's Departure

June 17th, 2010 3:00pm EDT
A.J. Cook
Fans of hit TV show Criminal Minds have launched an online campaign to have cast member A.J. Cook reinstated after network bosses decided not to renew her contract for another season.

The actress has reportedly been axed from the crime drama after five years, with a source telling TVGuide.com she has been dropped for "creative reasons".

However, devotees are not happy about her exit and more than 12,000 fans have signed a petition calling for executives at CBS to reverse the decision. Cook has now thanked fans for their devotion with a post on her Twitter.com page, writing, "Your kind w...
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Deborah Puette Takes the Lead In A New Indie Short, 'Nuture'

June 15th, 2010 7:00am EDT
Deborah Puette
You may not realize that you know versatile actress, Deborah Puette, but chances are you do. Puette has been in everything from NBC’s hit comedy ‘The Office’ to the Pulitzer Prize nominated play ‘The Glory of Living’ in which she plays a pregnant teenager turned serial killer. Along with wrapping a staring role in an upcoming Independent short film, ‘Nuture’ the actress took on three roles in this year’s May sweeps including; ‘Grey’s Anatomy’, ‘Criminal Minds’, and ‘Parks and Recreation’.

Yeah, we said she was versatile.

We were lucky to get the opportunity to interrupt Puette’s busy sche...
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2010-11 TV Lineup

May 20th, 2010 9:05am EDT
2010 Fall TV Lineup
The big networks (ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox & CW) unveiled their schedules for the 2010-11 season this week at their various upfront presentations. Several shows were canceled (such as "Heroes," "Ghost Whisperer" & "Law & Order"), while many new series were added to the lineup ("Hawaii Five-O" & "The Event.")

Check out the schedule to see if your favorite shows made the cut and to find out which new series are coming your way:

FOX

MONDAY
8 p.m. House
9 p.m. Lonestar (new)

TUESDAY
8 p.m. Glee
9 p.m. Raising Hope (new)
9:30 p.m. Running Wilde (new)

WEDNESDAY
8 p.m. Lie to Me
9 p.m. Hell's Kitch...
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TV Wishlist For 2010

January 5th, 2010 9:30am EST
TV Wishlist for 2010
2009 is officially ending and 2010 is beginning. What this year means for the entertainment world is anyone's guess, but there will probably be some blockbusters, some brilliant indie films, a few surprises and disappointments, and then excitement for the following year. On television there have been some great new shows, such as "Glee" and "Modern Family," and some older shows that are going strong, like "24" and "Criminal Minds." But every once and awhile fans have to think about what little things they'd change in their favorite shows, and here's a look at a TV Wishlist for 2010.

1. ...
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Latest TV Casualties: 'Three Rivers,' 'Raising The Bar' Canceled

December 1st, 2009 12:54pm EST
Three Rivers
Three Rivers starring Alex O'Loughlin has been canceled, according to TVGuide.com. Effective immediately, CBS will air repeats of Criminal Minds and NCIS: Los Angeles instead of the medical drama.

The series will complete production on all 13 episodes from the show's original order, but there's been no word on whether they will air.

"Three Rivers" has not been doing well in the ratings, drawing an average of 7.5 million viewers. Compare this to the network's "The Good Wife" and "NCIS: Los Angeles'" 13.7 million and 17.5 million respective averages.

Meanwhile, TNT just announced th...
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Pre-Season 2009 TV Report Card: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

September 21st, 2009 12:30pm EDT
Desperate Housewives
Since CNN has such a blast creating a report card to track the Presidency, we decided to have some fun with television. Which networks come out strong and which ones need to do better homework?

MAJOR NETWORKS

ABC: B

The Good: The dramas are what keep us coming back to ABC. Grey's Anatomy, Brothers & Sisters, FlashForward, and V are worth looking forward to. The one comedy that stands out and may hold itself against NBC's stellar comedies, Modern Family, is worth a few episodes past the pilot.

The Bad: Dancing With The Stars is extremely popular, however sometimes too much of a ...
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New TV On DVD, Sept. 8

September 8th, 2009 8:00am EDT
Fringe season 1
Phenomena that exist on the Fringe of science unleash their strange powers in this thrilling series, co-created by J.J. Abrams (Lost, Alias), combining the grit of the police procedural with the excitement of the unknown. Season one is now available. Also on DVD: Criminal Minds season 4, Harper's Island the complete series, Mr. Belvedere season 3, The Office season 5, Parks and Recreation season 1, and Worst Week the complete series.
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Fall 2009 TV Premiere Dates

July 1st, 2009 10:21am EDT
Two And A Half Men
Even though summer has just begun, many TV addicts are itching to know when their favorite shows will be returning and new ones will be premiering. ABC, CBS, NBC, The CW & Fox recently released their schedules, and we have compiled them in one convenient list.

As often is the case, networks revise or tweak their schedules over the summer. So check back often for updates!

New series are in bold. Click on the show's name for photos, cast lists and more!

Tuesday, September 8

8 pm 90210 (The CW)

9 pm Melrose Place (NEW! The CW)

10 pm Sons of Anarchy (FX)

Wednesday, September 9

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MTV To Turn 1980's Flick 'Teen Wolf' Into A Series

June 24th, 2009 9:13am EDT
Teen Wolf
MTV recently greenlit eight projects for series development, including a reinvention of Michael J. Fox's 1985 film "Teen Wolf," according to Variety.

The show will focus on romance, horror and werewolf mythology. Hmmm...a show about werewolves. Anyone see the connection to "Twilight" here?

"Criminal Minds" writer Jeff Davis is on board with executive producers Marty Adelstein ("Prison Break") and Rene Echevarria ("Castle").

Watch the original "Teen Wolf" trailer here!
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Top 10 TV Shows Of The Season

May 30th, 2009 9:14am EDT
The Mentalist
Only one of the season's brand new TV shows made the top 10 list this year - The Mentalist starring Simon Baker. We weren't surprised by the other top shows of 2008-09. Are you? Tell us what you think in the comments.

Here they are with their average number of viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research:

American Idol (Wednesday night) 25.5 million

American Idol (Tuesday night) 24.7 million

Dancing With The Stars 19.8 million

CSI 17.4 million

NCIS 16.8 million

The Mentalist 16.3 million

Desperate Housewives 14.4 million

Two And A Half Men 14.1 million

Criminal ...
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