'Criminal Minds' and 'Mudbound' Writer Inks Overall Deal With Universal Television – Hollywood Reporter

Virgil Williams is exiting the CBS drama and will develop new projects for NBC’s studio counterpart.

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.

“Virgil and I first crossed paths while working on ER, and I couldn’t be happier to collaborate with him once again,” said Underhill. “He has a strong, distinct voice and point of view, and I look forward to developing great dramas together. We couldn’t be luckier to have him at Universal TV.”

Williams’ credits include the Sundance Film Festival hit Mudbound, the feature he co-wrote and executive produced, which sold to Netflix for $12.5 million following a bidding war earlier this year. On the TV side, he counts The Chicago Code and 24 among his credits.

“This new opportunity represents the culmination of years of hard work and I’m incredibly excited to get started,” said Williams. “[Universal TV president] Pearlena [Igbokwe], Erin and their team want to create high-quality, sophisticated television dramas, and I hope to contribute to that endeavor in a big way.”

Williams is repped by CAA, the Shuman Co. and attorneys Eric Sherman and P.J. Shapiro.

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'Criminal Minds': Daniel Henney Of 'Beyond Borders' Joins … – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: Daniel Henney, who co-starred on the recently canceled CBS drama Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders for two seasons, is staying in the franchise fold, joining the cast of flagship Criminal Minds as a series regular. Henney will continue in his role as Special Agent Matt Simmons.

Formerly with the International Response Team, Special Agent Simmons joins his colleagues in the Behavioral Analysis Unit, whom he has consulted with in the past, including helping with the release of Dr. Spencer Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler) when he was arrested in Mexico last season.

Henney, whose addition fills the void left by the recent departure of Criminal Minds regular Damon Gupton after one season, has appeared on the long-running series twice as Simmons — in the backdoor pilot episode for the spinoff in 2015, and the crossover episode this past February revolving around Spencer’s Mexico arrest on murder charges.

This is not the first time an actor from one show in a CBS procedural franchise transitions to another following a cancellation. When the mothership CSI series ended its run in 2015 after 15 seasons, star Ted Danson joined spinoff CSI: Cyber.

Before his casting in Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, Henney appeared on three other CBS drama series, Three Rivers, Hawaii Five-0 and NCIS: Los Angeles. He also did an arc on NBC’s Revolution. Henney, whose feature credits include Big Hero 6, X-Men Origins: Wolverine and The Last Stand, is repped by CAA and More/Medavoy Management.

Season 13 of Criminal Minds premieres Wednesday, September 27, at 10 PM. The series, from ABC Studios and CBS TV Studios, stars Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster,  Gubler, A.J. Cook, Aisha Tyler, Kirsten Vangsness and Adam Rodriguez.

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'Criminal Minds' Season 13: One Major Character Is Forced To Leave The Show, Know Who He Is – MobiPicker

A bad news for the viewers is that ‘Criminal Minds’ season 13 is going to see the exit of everyone’s much favorite character, Stephen Walker played by Damon Gupton. In the previous season, we had seen the exit of Thomas Gibson who will be remembered for his character Aaron Hotchner.

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‘Criminal Minds’ season 13 will be premiered in September but Damon Gupton won’t be seen in the series. The 44-year old actor, who was acquired as Special Agent Stephen Walker in ‘Criminal Minds’ season 12 after Thomas Gibson’s rejection, uncovered on Twitter throughout the end of the week that he lost his employment, as reported by TV Guide.

According to Blasting News, ‘Criminal Minds’’ actor Gupton has received inspiration from NFL player, Tyvis Powell’s words of wisdom. The 23-year charming football player aired a reminder-cum-suggestion on Saturday on the social media to those people who are going through some alterations in the lives.

“When obstacles arise, you change your direction to reach your goal, you do not change your decision to get there,” Powell aired.

The aforementioned suggestion suddenly caught Gupton’s attention who honestly admitted that he required those beautiful then because he lost his job.

“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,” Gupton (@DamonGupton) tweeted on Saturday, June 10.

Apart from his exit, there is also a very less possibility for the avid viewers to get to see A J Cook and Kirsten Vangsness playing the role of JJ Jareau and Penelope Garcia respectively anymore because there is still no progress on their contract issue with the showrunners and producers.

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‘Criminal Minds’ season 13 is expected to have its premiere on Wednesday, September 27, 2017, on CBS. Stay tuned with Mobi Picker to get latest updates on the series.

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'Criminal Minds' Season 13 Cast News, Air Date: Kirsten Vangsness and AJ Cook Secure Raises to Return – Christian Post

Fans will be happy to know that two female fan-favorites will be staying on for season 13 of “Criminal Minds” as Kirsten Vangsness and A.J. Cook have signed new contracts.

Facebook/CriminalMinds‘Criminal Minds’ season 13 premieres in September.

According to an exclusive report from Deadline, Vangsness and Cook have landed significant raises in order to return for the upcoming season. The publication revealed that both actresses were earning less than their male co-star Matthew Gray Gubler, and the negotiation apparently resulted in equal pay with the actor.

Vangsness and Cook previously campaigned for higher salaries in 2013, though they failed to attain parity then. This time around, though, the actresses were reportedly prepared to leave the show should their conditions not be met. Both stars have been with “Criminal Minds” since its first season.

However, fans will have to say goodbye to Damon Gupton after just one season. Gupton was brought in to play Special Agent Stephen Walker after Thomas Gibson was fired. Gibson played Senior Supervisory Special Agent Aaron Hotchner from season 1 to 12, but was let go from the show following an incident involving a producer. According to Variety, Gupton’s departure was a result of “creative changes in the show.” Season 12 closed with many characters’ fates hanging in the balance.

Fans can still look forward to seeing plenty of familiar faces returning in the new season, though. Apart from Vangsness and Cook, Gubler and Joe Mantegna are also reprising their roles as Dr. Spencer Reid and Senior Supervisory Special Agent David Rossi, respectively.

Paget Brewster, who was a series regular from season 2 to 7 and made a few guest appearances thereafter, will likewise be returning. She recently reprised her role in season 12 as a series regular.

Aisha Tyler, who was upped to series regular status in the previous season, will also be reprising her role. Finally, newcomer Adam Rodriguez will be coming back.

“Criminal Minds” season 13 will premiere in Sept. 27.

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'Criminal Minds': Kirsten Vangsness & A.J. Cook Close Deals To … – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE:Criminal Minds two original female cast members are staying on. Kirsten Vangsness and A.J. Cook have closed new deals to continue on the long-running CBS drama series, which is headed into its 13th season. They join fellow Criminal Minds veterans Joe Mantegna and Matthew Gray Gubler who signed new contracts last month.

A.J. Cook (Jennifer "JJ" Jareau), Aisha Tyler (Dr. Tara Lewis), Kirsten Vangsness (Penelope Garcia)

Vangsness and Cook, who were negotiating together, had been seeking parity with fellow original cast member Gubler. I hear the two actresses have landed raises that put them essentially on par with him.

The studios behind Criminal Minds, ABC Studios and CBS TV Studios, did not begin talks with Vangsness and Cook until after completing deals with Mantegna and Gubler. I hear Vangsness and Cook, who play fan-favorites Penelope and J.J. on the show, respectively, took a similar stand during the 2013 negotiations as the two had consistently been paid less than half of what their male counterparts, Gubler and Shemar Moore, were making at the time. Back then, Vangsness and Cook eventually reached new agreements, securing salary increases but not able to achieve parity. I hear this time they were willing to walk for the cause.

CBS and the Criminal Minds producers had been taken to task on the treatment of female cast members in 2010 when they opted not to bring back Cook for Season 6 and to reduce the episodes of Brewster, leaving Vangsness as the only remaining full-time female cast member. The move led to an outcry from fans. Cook and Brewster subsequently were reinstated.

Both Vangsness and Cook have been on Criminal Minds since the beginning. Vangsness started as a recurring in Season 1, quickly getting promoted to a regular. She also co-starred on the 2011 spinoff Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior. Cook has been a series regular for the entire run except for Season 6, when she guest starred.

In addition to Vangsness, Cook, Mantegna and Gubler, set to return next season are recent Criminal Minds cast additions Adam Rodriguez,  and Aisha Tyler along with Paget Brewster, who rejoined the crime drama this season after a four-year break. Damon Gupton is departing after one season.

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Criminal Minds Star Aisha Tyler Announces Her Exit from The Talk – Parade

Something had to give and for Aisha Tyler, who stars on CBS’ Criminal Minds, hosts The CW’s Whose Line is it Anyway, does voice work on FXX’s Archer, and still performs standup comedy, it was her job on the popular daytime show The Talk.

Tyler, who has been with the CBS talker since 2011, joining in Season 2, announced her decision on Thursday’s episode, which led to tears as she told her co-hosts and viewers that her busy schedule made her realize “I had to let something go.”

“People always go ‘How to you do all that?’, and I don’t always have an answer,” she said.

But even as she said that, she added she would definitely return as a guest-host and a guest.

Tyler also cited another reason for her derpature, which was the result of having directed her first feature film, Axis, about an Irish actor, who is set to star in a career-changing blockbuster film, but has to confront his rocky past when events threaten his sobriety.

Tyler went on to say that, as a result of that experience, “I knew that was what I wanted to do the rest of my life, what I wanted to put my energy into. And I started to think about it and could not see how that would work.”

She pointed out that the success of Wonder Woman, directed by Patty Jenkins, and Selma‘s Ava DuVernay as to why the time was right.

As Tyler made what she said was the “hardest decision” in her life, Julie Chen and Sharon Osbourne held her hands and Sheryl Underwood gave her a hug.

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Criminal Minds Female Cast Members Hold Out for Salary Parity … – SheKnows.com