CSI: Crime Scene Investigation airs a new episode tonight, and Criminal Minds reaches an episode milestone. After the jump, you can find a CSI interview and chat information, along with Criminal Minds clips, interviews and much more. (Contains spoilers!)
Hall will also chat live during the episode—here’s more information about everyone who will be participating:
— CSI Writers' Room (@CSIWritersRoom) February 3, 2014
The entire cast of Criminal Minds will visit the ladies of The Talk today, February 5 to talk about the 200 episode milestone. The show airs on CBS at 2:00pm ET/1:00pm PT.
In honor of the 200th episode, CBS shared this behind-the-scenes video, which features clips from the episode and comments from AJ Cook (JJ Jareau), Paget Brewster (Emily Prentiss), Jeanne Tripplehorn (Alex Blake), Matthew Gray Gubler (Dr Spencer Reid), Kirsten Vangsness (Penelope Garcia), Shemar Moore (Derek Morgan), Joe Mantegna (David Rossi), Thomas Gibson (Aaron Hotchner), and Executive Producer Erica Messer. (You can also watch it on CBS.com, CBS Press Express and SpoilerTV.)
CBS also posted this video, which focuses on the “The Best Team on TV” (also available on CBS.com):
And here’s an interview with Messer and Brewster from TV Fanatic—check out an excerpt below:
TVF: Erica, tell me about bringing Paget back and why that was important.
EM: We were all hoping with that milestone episode coming up, wouldn’t it be great if Paget could come back? And knowing that we were going to do flashbacks, I also said it would be great to bring Jayne Atkinson back except the only way we can bring her back is to tell stories of past…and, creatively, it allowed us to not be stuck with just flashback structure, that’s the only way we get to see Prentiss but really needed her to be present in the stakes that were current. So we love that she said yes, love that she was here…and, also, by the end of the episode, the camaraderie with the whole team.
Here are some “insider facts” about the show from BuzzFeed.
Also check out this interview with Messer from TVOvermind. Here’s an excerpt:
…So Erin Strauss was previously killed off. Will she be coming back in a flashback? How will that work out?
Messer: Exactly! We’re doing a flashback structure in this episode that takes us back to basically right after JJ was promoted to the State Department in season six and when we do that, we end up in Afghanistan and Strauss is there and Esai Morales’ character Cruz is there and JJ. And it’s like, “Wait a minute, what the heck’s going on? These three have known each other a long time!” But it was really great to be able to use Jayne Atkinson as Strauss. Obviously we could only do it in a flashback structure, but it was a really great thing to see her again and have her come back as Strauss.
Mantegna and Cook visited Larry King on February 4 to discuss the 200th episode, and you can find several clips on Ora.TV and Hulu. The pair also sat down with Arsenio Hall, and you can watch some videos on his website—here’s one of the clips:
Gibson spoke with CBS This Morning about the episode, and you can watch the interview below:
Vangsness called in to The Baub Show to talk about the 200th episode—here’s a tweet with the link to hear the interview:
— BOB FRIΞND MΞRRICK™ (@TheBaubShow) February 4, 2014
Finally, here are a few more tweets about the episode:
Proud to have directed the 200th episode of #CriminalMinds; catch it tomorrow night. Cheers to one of the best cast and crews in the biz!
— Larry Teng (@larryteng) February 4, 2014
— Nicole Shalhoub (@nicoleshal) February 4, 2014