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The TV Gods Heard Your Prayers, Because Shemar Moore Is Returning to Criminal Minds

We have good news, and we have bad news. The good? In an unexpected (but exciting) turn of events, Shemar Moore is returning to Criminal Minds! The bad? He'll only appear for one episode. The actor, who currently stars as Daniel "Hondo" Harrelson on CBS's S.W.A.T., was a fan favorite on the long-running crime procedural series. He played the Bau's Derek Morgan from 2005 to 2016 and will reprise his role in the season's fifth episode, which airs Wednesday, Oct. 25. His return is all thanks to his old Bff Penelope Garcia (Kirsten Vangsness), who is forced to deal with a shocking case and needs Morgan's expertise. The last time we saw Moore on Criminal Minds was last Spring during the season 12 finale, when his character decided to leave his position as an FBI Special Agent after a harrowing kidnapping so he could focus on family. The actor's exit came just before costar Thomas Gibson left the show,
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Black Art is the New Black Music

I cannot believe that even the most devout American fascist has not danced or punched their fist in the air to a song created by African American musicians; at a prom, at a frat party or a wedding. "1999" by Prince, "Rock n Roll" by Chuck Berry, "Nutbush City Limits" by Ike and Tina Turner. Black music is an ever-present treatise on American life.

In the new season of New York galleries, Kara Walker, Sanford Biggers and Mark Thomas Gibson are Black American artists who "Keep on Pushing."*

Sanford Biggers show, Selah Is up til October 21, 2017 at Marianne Boesky Gallery, 507 West 24th Street, NY. He mixes African and American themes. The show is made up of found quilts and other fabric sewn together forming delicate and seductive "paintings." Other pieces jam on the floor with mixed materials and African statues or sprawl across the wall. (Overstood, 2017, image left) He riffs on
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Criminal Minds: Season 13 Ratings

Although Shemar Moore left at the end of its 11th season and Thomas Gibson was fired early into the 12th, the Criminal Minds TV show still scored a 13th season on CBS. The ratings did slip some during 2016-17, but within respectable limits for such a long-lived TV series. How long can its luck hold? Will Criminal Minds be cancelled or renewed for season 14? Stay tuned. A CBS police procedural, season 13 of Criminal Minds stars Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, Matthew Gray Gubler, A.J. Cook, Kirsten Vangsness, Adam Rodriguez, Daniel Henney, and Aisha Tyler. Moore returns in a guest-starring capacity. The series follows the FBI’s elite Behavioral Analysis Unit (Bau) out of Quantico, Virginia. The Bau remains dedicated to understanding predators’ motive and triggers, in order to stop them before they strike again. Read More…
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Ed Asner Hosts Star-Studded Charity Poker Tournament

The 2017 Ed Asner and Friend Poker Tournament for the Autism Society was sold out and a huge success raising in excess of $140,000 in much needed funds for The Autism Society, it was announced by Director of Corporate Development Matt Asner.

Ed Asner at Celebrity Poker Tournament

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Emmy-winning actor and autism advocate Ed Asner (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Lou Grant, “Up”), who has a son and grandson on the autism spectrum, hosted the event and was joined by Emmy-winning actress Rosie O'Donnell (The View), Thomas Gibson (Criminal Minds), Lou Diamond Phillips (Longmire), Patricia Heaton (The Middle), Drake Bell (Drake & Josh) and among many others. The poker tournament took place on Saturday, September 9, 2017 at the Haworth Los Angeles Showroom in Dtla.

Other celebrity friends who played a hand and supported the cause included Michael McKean, Ed Begley Jr., Elizabeth J. Carlisle, Matthew Modine, Randy Rainbow, Roger Cross,
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'Criminal Minds' Boss Addresses New Addition and Cast Shake-Up

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'Criminal Minds' Boss Addresses New Addition and Cast Shake-Up
Considering Criminal Minds' numerous cast changes over the past decade, it's no longer a surprise that the CBS series will be dealing with yet another shake-up as it heads to its 13th season. Last season the show had to bid farewell to Shemar Moore and Thomas Gibson, who was fired after an altercation with a writer from the show. This time, the show is welcoming a familiar face while letting go of a team member.

Warning: This article contains spoilers!
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What Does Paget Brewster Think About All the Cast Changes on 'Criminal Minds'?

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What Does Paget Brewster Think About All the Cast Changes on 'Criminal Minds'?
Over the course of 12 seasons, Criminal Minds has had several cast shakeups though none of which has caused so much noise than the one involving lead star Thomas Gibson. And now that we're about to enter season 13, fans are faced with the reality of losing yet another member of the Bau team no thanks to the explosive cliffhanger that has left eight lives hanging in the balance.
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Criminal Minds' Paget Brewster Opens Up About 'Wacky' Run of Cast Changes

Criminal Minds' Paget Brewster Opens Up About 'Wacky' Run of Cast Changes
When it comes to Criminal Minds‘ latest one–two punch of cast changes, this is by no means Paget Brewster‘s first rodeo. Rather, it’s almost become Bau (that is, business as usual) for the ever-evolving CBS crime drama.

RelatedCriminal Minds: Damon Gupton Out After One Season

Speaking with Michael Ausiello at the San Diego Comic-Con — where she was promoting the digital release Batman and Harley Quinn (in which she voices Poison Ivy) — Brewster shared, “It’s always hard when someone is gone, whether by choice or not by their choice… but you roll with it.” Being the tight-knit cast they are,
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‘Criminal Minds” Virgil Williams Inks Overall Deal with Universal TV

‘Criminal Minds” Virgil Williams Inks Overall Deal with Universal TV
Virgil Williams has signed a new two-year overall deal with Universal Television, Variety has learned.

Under the terms of the agreement, Williams will develop new series for broadcast, cable, and streaming services. He previously served as co-executive producer on the long-running CBS series “Criminal Minds,” a position he held from 2012-2017. He is also credited with writing 18 episodes of the series. During his time on the show, Williams was involved in a violent incident with series star Thomas Gibson, which led to Gibson being fired.

Williams also recently co-wrote and executive produced his first feature film, “Mudbound,” which was sold
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'Criminal Minds' and 'Mudbound' Writer Inks Overall Deal With Universal Television

Virgil Williams is moving out of Criminal Minds.

The longtime writer and co-executive producer has signed a two-year overall deal with Universal Television. Under the pact, he will develop new series for broadcast, cable and streaming services.

Williams spent six years on CBS' Criminal Minds, contributing to nearly 140 episodes during his tenure. During that span, he also was involved in an on-set altercation in which original star Thomas Gibson allegedly kicked him. (Gibson was eventually fired from the ABC Studios-produced drama.) 

The Universal TV deal reunites Williams with Erin Underhill, the studio's newly promoted executive vp drama development.

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Daniel Henney Joins ‘Criminal Minds’ Cast After ‘Beyond Borders’ Cancellation

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Daniel Henney Joins ‘Criminal Minds’ Cast After ‘Beyond Borders’ Cancellation
Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” star Daniel Henney will join the cast of the flagship drama following the spinoff’s cancellation last month. Henney will reprise his role as Special Agent Matt Simmons, which he played for two seasons on “Beyond Borders.” Formerly with the International Response Team, Special Agent Simmons joins the Behavioral Analysis Unit, including helping with the release of Dr. Spencer Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler) when he was arrested in Mexico last season. Henney steps in for series regular Damon Gupton, who announced his departure from the CBS drama after one season last week. Earlier in the season,
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Aisha Tyler Leaving CBS' The Talk — Watch Her Emotional Announcement

Aisha Tyler Leaving CBS' The Talk — Watch Her Emotional Announcement
Aisha Tyler is all Talk-ed out.

The actress, now a series regular on Criminal Minds, announced Thursday that she’ll be vacating her seat on the CBS daytime talk show after six seasons on the air.

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“Coming here is such a joy that it never feels like work to me,” she told the studio audience. “But recently, I got this opportunity to do something I’ve always dreamed of doing, which is to direct my first feature film. … It was one of the best experiences of my life.
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‘Criminal Minds’: Kirsten Vangsness, A.J. Cook Close Deals for Season 13 After Seeking Equal Pay

‘Criminal Minds’: Kirsten Vangsness, A.J. Cook Close Deals for Season 13 After Seeking Equal Pay
Criminal Minds” stars Kirsten Vangsness and A.J. Cook have closed deals to return to the 13th season of the CBS series, Variety has confirmed.

Their new deals — and pay raises — come after actresses negotiated together to seek parity with their male co-stars, Joe Mantegna and Matthew Gray Gubler, who both closed their contracts last month.

Bringing back both Vangsness and Cook keeps “Criminal Minds” from another major cast shakeup, following last season’s departure of Thomas Gibson, who was fired from the show after an altercation on set. Just this past weekend, Damon Gupton, who starred on the CBS procedural drama for just one season, was not asked back, due to creative changes for Season 13.

Vangsness spoke on record earlier this year about seeking a pay raise to put her on a closer pay scale to her male co-stars when TMZ asked if she would not return to “Criminal Minds” if she did not get a raise
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Criminal Minds: Kirsten Vangsness and A.J. Cook Secure Raises for Season 13

Criminal Minds: Kirsten Vangsness and A.J. Cook Secure Raises for Season 13
Original Criminal Minds cast members Kirsten Vangsness and A.J. Cook have sealed new deals to stay on as Penelope Garcia and “Jj” Jareau.

RelatedCriminal Minds: Damon Gupton Out After One Season

After costars Joe Mantegna and Matthew Gray Gubler re-signed for the fall, Vangsness and Cook held out for salary parity with the latter, our sister site Deadline reports, and emerged from their negotiations “essentially on par” with Gubler.

The actresses’ deals come on the heels of the news that Damon Gupton was not asked back for Season 13, after less than a full season as Agent Stephen Walker.
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'Criminal Minds' Poll: Will You Miss Damon Gupton's Stephen Walker?

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'Criminal Minds' Poll: Will You Miss Damon Gupton's Stephen Walker?
Criminal Minds brought in a couple new characters in season 12 following the Bau losing both Morgan (after Shemar Moore left) and Hotch (after Thomas Gibson was fired), but thanks to the finale cliffhanger, it was unclear if everyone would (or should) be back. Now we know at least one person who won't be coming back: Damon Gupton's Stephen Walker.

Though it's still unknown how the show will write him out, it's hard to imagine all six agents involved in the cliffhanger crash coming away from it unscathed (nor should they), but is Stephen the character who should be leaving? That's debatable, especially since he fit in so well once he joined the team.
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Criminal Minds: Season 13; At Least One Actor Isn't Returning to the CBS Drama

Criminal Minds is losing one of their newest players. Deadline reports Damon Gupton is leaving the CBS TV show ahead of season 13.Gupton joined the crime procedural last fall after series regular Thomas Gibson was fired a few episodes into season 12. The show's cast also includes Joe Mantegna, Matthew Gray Gubler, A.J. Cook, Kirsten Vangsness, Aisha Tyler, Adam Rodriguez, and Paget Brewster.Read More…
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‘Criminal Minds’ Parts With Damon Gupton After Single Season at CBS

‘Criminal Minds’ Parts With Damon Gupton After Single Season at CBS
Criminal Minds” has lost another star. Damon Gupton is exiting the CBS procedural after just one season as a series regular due to creative changes in the show, Variety has confirmed.

In response to a message on Twitter posted by football player Tyvis Powell, “When obstacles arise, you change your direction to reach your goal, you do not change your decision to get there,” Gupton responded: “wanted to let you know I appreciate this as I just lost my job. You throwing out the 1st pitch is pure class and a monumental image.”

wanted to let you know I appreciate this as I just lost my job. You throwing out the 1st pitch is pure class and a monumental image.

Damon Gupton (@DamonGupton) June 10, 2017

This season also saw the departure of series star Thomas Gibson, who was fired from the show at the start of the season after an altercation with a producer. In
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Criminal Minds: Damon Gupton Out, Two Series Vets Remain in Limbo

Criminal Minds: Damon Gupton Out, Two Series Vets Remain in Limbo
Criminal Minds cast shake-up, Part 2?

Sources confirm for TVLine that due to creative changes at the long-running CBS crime drama, Damon Gupton will not be returning as Supervisory Special Agent Stephen Walker for Season 13. The actor’s departure, revealed via Twitter over the weekend, comes just 15 episodes after he was added to the cast in wake of Thomas Gibson’s controversial exit.

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In January, Criminal Minds boss Erica Messer told TVLine that adding Gupton amid so much existing cast churn — Gibson’s aforementioned exit came
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‘Criminal Minds’: Damon Gupton Leaving CBS Series After One Season

Damon Gupton is departing Criminal Minds. Gupton joined the veteran CBS drama last fall, following the abrupt exit of original cast member Thomas Gibson. Gupton was one of several new series regulars added this past season, along with Paget Brewster, who returned as a regular, reprising her role as Prentiss; Adam Rodriguez as FBI Agent Luke Alvez; and Aisha Tyler, who was promoted as Dr. Tara Lewis. It is unclear whether Criminal Minds will bring in a new regular cast…
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A-List TV Titans' Best & Worst: Every Chuck Lorre Series Ranked

A-List TV Titans' Best & Worst: Every Chuck Lorre Series Ranked
Sick of run-of-the-mill best-and-worst lists? We were, too. So in this new series of features, TVLine is singling out the small screen’s biggest behind-the-scenes titans, then ranking their output from their least to most impressive creations.

Funny is Chuck Lorre’s business, and to put it mildly, business is good.

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Since the Roseanne survivor birthed his first sitcom 25 years ago, he has gone on to create one monster smash (The Big Bang Theory) after another (Two and a Half Men), along the way working with
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Dharma & Greg: What Jenna Elfman Thinks of a Sitcom Reunion

Would you watch a Dharma & Greg reunion? Recently, star Jenna Elfman spoke with Access Hollywood about a possible revival for the ABC TV series.From Chuck Lorre and Dottie Dartland, the sitcom followed Dharma Finkelstein (Elfman), a free spirit who marries Greg Montgomery (Thomas Gibson), an uptight lawyer. The cast also included Joel Murray, Mimi Kennedy, Alan Rachins, Mitchell Ryan, and Susan Sullivan. The series premiered in 1997 and ran for five seasons before ending in 2002.Read More…
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