June 19 2024

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Take A Look At Tonight’s ‘Criminal Minds’ Premiere

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The tenth season of Criminal Minds starts tonight at 9:00pm ET/PT, and cast and crew members will be tweeting live during the East Coast airing of “X”:

You can find sneak peeks, interviews, tweets and photos after the jump!

First, here’s a clip from “X”, featuring newcomer Kate Callahan (Jennifer Love Hewitt), David Rossi (Joe Mantegna), and guest star Kerr Smith. (You can also find it on CBS.com, CBS Press Express and SpoilerTV.)

And here’s another sneak peek, this time featuring Aaron Hotchner (Thomas Gibson) and Callahan. (It’s also available on CBS.com, CBS Press Express and SpoilerTV.)

Also check out this clip of Kate working undercover, from Entertainment Weekly:

Next, check out the new title sequence for season ten, including Hewitt:

AJ Cook (JJ Jareau), Shemar Moore (Derek Morgan) and Kirsten Vangsness (Penelope Garcia) spoke to TV Guide about the new season, and you can watch the video below:

Here’s an interview with Cook from SheKnows. “I think all I have to say is welcome to Season 10!” Cook said. “In Season 10, it’s go big or go home. I’m really loving this season because it just feels more like these really great psychological thriller mini-movies that they’re making every week.”

Hewitt was on The Talk today, and you can watch the full episode here (her interview starts at 18:00). You can find a Minds-related clip below:

You can also check out this short video from CBS, in which Hewitt discusses joining the cast of Criminal Minds and returning to the network after starring on Ghost Whisperer from 2005-2010. (It’s also available on CBS CBS Press Express.)

Here’s an article from CBS Watch about Hewitt’s addition to the show. Executive Producer Erica Messer offered some insight into the character:

She’s been dealt a hand in her life you wouldn’t wish on anyone, which is that on 9/11, her sister and brother-in-law died and since Kate was the guardian for their infant daughter, she’s been raising her for the past 13 years. She’s gotten married and found love, and adores her niece/child, but is saddened that her sister is no longer there.

Messer also spoke to TV Guide about season 10. Here’s an excerpt:

7. Replicating The Replicator (story line)

For the second time ever, the series will feature a season-long unsub, who will be introduced at the end of the premiere after the BAU thinks they’ve closed the case of the week, which involves human limb collecting. Technically, they do solve the case, since the new, overarching one spans beyond chopping off some arms and legs. (Hint: It involves a wide-reaching network.) “The unsub is only part of the puzzle,” Messer teases. After touching on the case midway through the season, Messer plans to wrap up the story line in the last two episodes. “It will culminate in the finale. We try to break our last two episodes of the year as a movie. We know pretty much how Part 1 would end and how the finale would end. You’ll probably think one thing [after you see the premiere], but it’s bigger than you think.”

Here’s an article from TV Fanatic about the new season, including this question and answer from Messer:

TVF: That said, did you go about making sure that Kate Callahan was a little different than what we’ve seen in the past with other characters?

EM: Yeah, at this point we’ve had the show for so long and the audience definitely wants to come back and watch the team that they’ve known and loved for so long. So if we’re going to bring somebody new into that family the idea was they have to have a little bit of a different voice and a different skill set because they’re coming into a very established world…what I did with it was give her the background of going undercover and having to interact with bad guys on a long term basis and that’s something right off the bat that our team doesn’t have to do.

They go in every week and they find the bad guy and they bring him to justice weekly and the idea is there’s a whole other group at the FBI that doesn’t have that and I don’t know if the grass is greener there or not because what they have to do is dive in, sometimes for months, to really lure in these bad guys and it felt like why not have her character know the world, be familiar with the worst of the worst but she’s just had to deal with it in a completely different way and she pretty much says that to Hotch in their first interaction. “You find a bad guy every week. How do you not take that home with you?”

Hewitt spoke to Zap2It about joining the established series, which was a change of pace from her previous roles. “This is totally a different thing than I’ve ever done before — and one of the first projects I haven’t also been a producer on, putting it together from the word ‘go’ and shouldering all that responsibility,” she explained. “It’s sort of nice to be able to go to someone else’s house as a guest and play by their rules.”

Next, check out this interview with Hewitt from Entertainment Weekly. Here’s an excerpt:

Tell us about Kate Callahan.

Kate is a really interesting woman. She comes to the BAU with her own experience, which I like. I wasn’t quite sure at first if I was going to be a newbie who hadn’t done this before. When they told me about her, I was really excited that she comes with her own background and talent. She had met the BAU team before in an interesting way, which they talk about in my first episode. It’s fun how they’ve all run into each other one other time before Kate gets added to the team. She has a lot of gumption. She’s very feisty. If she’s afraid of a bad guy, she doesn’t show it. She enjoys her job. She really enjoys understanding these people better and getting them put away.

Finally, check out these photos and tweets, followed by a video:

And here’s the video, featuring Vangsness:

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