TV Column: ‘Criminal Minds’ is one step closer to renewal


Joe Mantegna and Jeanne Tripplehorn star in “Criminal Minds.” (Sonja Flemming/CBS)
May 2, 2013

After it was glaringly missing from a March announcement about CBS’s renewed shows, “Criminal Minds” is one step closer to that pickup.

And the procedural’s showrunner has signed a new deal with its studio, Deadline reports.

CBS hopes to close new deals with the cast for a ninth season. Historically, though, that hasn’t always gone well. Original star Mandy Patinkin walked away from the show abruptly in the summer of ’07, leaving the show in the lurch. And in the the summer of 2010, CBS decided to ditch two of the show’s ensemble cast members, A.J. Cook and Paget Brewster, so the show would evolve, CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler explained at about that time. (Cook was later rehired.)

In March, CBS announced that it had renewed 18 of its prime-time shows for the 2013-14 TV season, including nine dramas: “NCIS,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “CSI,” “Person of Interest,” “Elementary,” “Hawaii Five-O,” “The Mentalist,” “Blue Bloods” and “The Good Wife.”

Noticeably missing: “Criminal Minds” and “Vegas.”

In that same announcement, CBS said it had picked up four current comedies, three reality series and two newsmags.

Kurtz hosting reviewed

CNN said at press time that it was “reviewing” whether Howard Kurtz would be on his “Reliable Sources” program this weekend, after his departure from the Daily Beast.

The exit came after the Web site retracted Kurtz’s commentary about Washington Wizards player Jason Collins.

Kurtz, who formerly worked at The Washington Post, wrote on the Daily Beast site that Collins left out of his highly publicized Sports Illustrated essay — in which the NBA veteran disclosed his homosexuality — the fact that he’d been engaged to a woman.

Collins did include that information in the essay, as well as in a follow-up on-air interview with ABC News.

Kurtz reiterated that position in a video for the Daily Download, another Web site.

Gaffigan’s tweet heat

Jim Gaffigan’s semi-autobiographical comedy pilot at CBS for next season just got hotter after a gag he posted on Twitter went thermonuclear.

Gaffigan stars in the pilot, about a guy who lives with a wife and kids in a small New York apartment. Among the things that makes Gaffigan interesting to CBS these days are his 1.6 million followers on Twitter.

So Gaffigan this week tweeted a joke — about manicures.

As in: “Ladies I hope getting your nails done feels good because not a single man notices you got them done.”

Apparently a good-ish chunk of his Twitter followers are women who were not amused.

“It does feel good, Jim. It feels like I have control over my finger nail condition in my life AT THE VERY LEAST!!,” tweeted one angry chick.

Plenty more where that came from:

“Not sure how others are reacting, but the joke implies women should only do things with men in mind.”

“Why do you assume we do such things for men’s approval?” asked another, adding: “Newsflash: Not everything women do is about pleasing the menz.”

And most pithily,

“You’re such an [expletive].”

Yes, still talking about manicures here.

The menz also weighed in:

• “We’ve barely scratched the surface on this debate. Tweeted from my cuticle, I mean cubicle.”

• “Women are trying to nail you to the cross for this one.”

• “I got caught looking at a woman’s nails. She said, ‘Hey, my face is up here!’ ”

“If you think people are overreacting to my edgy ‘nails done’ post here, you have to see the anger on my Tumblr,” Gaffigan noted Thursday morning.

Among them: “Nobody gives a [expletive] about you noticing their nails, Jim Gaffigan.”

Late Thursday morning, Gaffigan finally threw in the towel:

“I’m sorry you or anyone was offended by my edgy ‘nails done’ joke. I’ll attempt to be more sensitive in the future.”

To read previous columns by Lisa de Moraes, go to washingtonpost.com/tvblog.

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