Airing for more than a decade, Criminal Minds still remains as one of the mainstay TV shows of CBS. As one of the popular TV shows nowadays, it has enjoyed a track record of steady ratings. Many characters (and the actors behind them) have become a household name too.
With such a long-running show, it is impossible not to have a few trivia that will tickle your fancy. Here are some of the untold truths of Criminal Minds that you probably have never heard of before.
Thomas Gibson kicks a co-executive producer.
Since the show kicked off up until mid-2016, Thomas Gibson has played the role of FBI unit chief Aaron Hotchner. His exit from the show is all thanks to him kicking the writer and co-executive producer Virgil Williams. This incident was actually Gibson’s second time he got violent on set. He already has a previous record in another TV show.
Mandy Patinkin left the show only to chide it years later.
Mandy Patinkin, just like Thomas Gibson, is one of the mainstays of Criminal Minds during its first few seasons. He plays the role of Jason Gideon. Unlike Gibson who got fired though, he quit the show in 2008, citing the reason that he wants to increase his time spent for his family. However, it was in 2012 when he revealed that the real reason he quit the show is that its plot wasn’t doing him any good due to the episode plots that were filled with rape and murder. That reason would have been justifiable if not for the fact that he joined the cast of Homeland right after, which is just as violent as Criminal Minds.
Paget Brewster and A.J. Cook got the ax – yet got hired again.
Talk about getting jerked around! Page Brewster, who plays the role of Special Agent Emily Prentiss, and A.J. Cook, who plays the role of Jennifer “JJ” Jareau, were first fired from the show after CBS ordered then-showrunner Edward Allen Bernero to bring in younger women into the show. Brewster was able to hold on to her role, which was initially negotiated to last for 17 episodes more. After some changes in the production team as well as thousands of letters of complaints from fans, Brewster continued playing the role of Prentiss while Cook returned.
Scott David’s “pay to play” casting.
There was a time in 2016 when several acting workshops were investigated for being a “pay to play” scam. One of the casting directors of Criminal Minds Scott David was involved in the investigation. After the investigation report was published, Touchstone Television, the production company behind Criminal Minds, fired David.
“Baby Girl” was spontaneous.
The friendly flirting between Derek Morgan and Penelope Garcia actually started with an improv during the very first episode. From then on, the flirty banter between Shemar Moore’s and Kirsten Vangsness’ characters have made a mark in all of the Criminal Minds‘ fans.
These aren’t just the untold truths in the Criminal Minds TV show. With more than a decade of airtime, it is impossible that there would only be five of them, right? Bring out your inner sleuth and share with us those untold truths you’ve uncovered in this particular crime TV show.