Criminal Minds: Another Bad Decision By CBS
So, it seems CBS decided one bad decision in recent months — killing Miami Medical — isn’t enough. Now they’re apparently planning to remove A.J. Cook and seriously reduce the screen time of Paget Brewster on Criminal Minds.
Here’s the Deadline Hollywood story: CBS’ ‘Criminal Minds’ Cuts Female Cast But Will Add New Female Cast Member
What the heck are they thinking. Why mess with a successful show with consistently strong viewership?
It’s all about money, although CBS apparently is denying that. If Miami Medical was a CBS-produced show instead of a Warner Brothers-produced show I bet the network would have given it a chance. It was all about appearing to appease Jerry Bruckheimer while actually killing the thing in death slot of 10 p.m. Friday night. The cynic in me says there never was any hope of renewal — that would cost too much.
So now Criminal Minds, which has a fairly large regular cast, is apparently facing its own cost cutting measure. The hidden goal seems to be to kill a few regular cast members and replace them with cheaper ones.
What happened, CBS? You had my two favorite shows, Criminal Minds and NCIS, and a great up and comer in Miami Medical, and instead of investing you create two spinoffs — NCIS: Los Angeles and whatever the Criminal Minds one will be called — and mess everything up.
Will I stop watching if they get rid of A.J. Cook and Paget Brewster? Probably not. But it will certainly be a bitter pill to swallow.
In the meantime, here’s a couple places to vent, if you feel like I do.
And there’s a petition to save the characters up here: Keep AJ Cook & Paget Brewster on Criminal Minds!