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Here’s a list of some of the celebrities who are coming to Wizard World Comic Con Oct. 20-22 in Montgomery.
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‘Buffy’ and ‘Criminal Minds’ star wants to meet, hug fans who have depression like him when he visits Montgomery in October

When Nicholas Brendon makes the journey to downtown Montgomery in October, his role as Xander Harris on TV’s “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” is bound to be a huge draw for the Wizard World Comic Con crowd.

“I was fortunate enough to do a show that was very iconic,” said Brendon during a recent phone interview. Buffy was on TV from 1997-2003. Fourteen years since the show ended, it’s a role he’s still recognized for by the fans. “Pretty much all the time Xander. That and Kevin Lynch on ‘Criminal Minds.’”

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But those roles are just roles, not who he really is inside. 

“I fight depression on an epic level,” said Brendon. “I talk with my fans about that as well.” 

In Brendon’s words, “Depression just sucks.” It’s lead him into dark corners of life. But instead of just focusing on his own painful side, he uses events like Wizard World to reach out in person to fans who have their own struggles. People with anxiety. People who are insecure. People who feel bullied. People who stutter like he used to for years.  People with depression.

“Trust me, people out there are depressed,” said Brendon. “They’re depressed in your town.” 

In real life, Brendon is one of millions in the U.S. with depression. It can have different effects on adult men and women, seniors and children. According to NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Alabama, major depression affects about 5 percent of the U.S. adult population in any given year. That’s roughly 9.9 million adults. People with this condition should seek out a doctor or mental health professional to determine the best course of treatment.

So what can one person like Brendon at a comic convention do to help others with depression, and maybe himself along the way?

In Brendon’s other words, “hugs heal.” He wants to hug his fans, especially any who are battling depression. If a fan needs a joke, Brendon will give them one. If they want a hug, he’s more than willing. 

“I’m not an actor. I’m a person who acts,” said Brendon. “I’m a human being. I just want to help people as much as I possibly can in my short time here on this planet.”

Brendon’s career has crossed a lot of ground, as an actor in movies and TV shows, theater, cartoon voice, video games, working with comic books, and even producing his own webcomic. He has several projects in the works currently, including three movies and a TV series “Dark/Web” in post production. 

“I’m decent at actually playing other characters,” Brendon said. 

According to NAMI, depression is a lot different than just feeling down or sad. It’s a disorder that causes people to be profoundly sad and irritable. It can cause major changes in sleep, appetite and energy. It can make it difficult to think or remember, and cause people to be agitated. It can cause people to feel guilty, worthless, hopeless and empty, and often comes with thoughts of death and suicide. 

There’s no single cause of depression, but it there are treatments available. According to NAMI, about 80 to 90 percent of people suffering from serious depression can be returned to their normal life. 

However, because of the stigma in society attached to depression, many people don’t ever want to talk about it. Ironically, it can make them into actors, trying their best to hide their condition from everyone around them. That’s where people like Brendon step in, to raise awareness and get people like his fans to feel less afraid about admitting they have depression. With less fear, more people may seek out treatment.

“There has to be more of a dialogue about depression,” said Brendon. “I have to deal with it every day.” 

That’s why it’s so important for him to help fans who are going through similar issues. He’ll be at Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa at the Convention Center for a three-day event Oct. 20-22, with other special guests including Nichelle Nichols (“Star Trek”), Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite, The Benchwarmers), Emily Swallow (“Supernatural,” “The Mentalist), Holly Marie Combs (“Charmed,” “Picket Fences”) and Briana Buckmaster (“Supernatural,” “White Ninja”), and more to be announced.

More information about Wizard World is available online at wizardworld.com/comiccon/montgomery.

“If I can make your life better for one day, then I’ve done a great job in my life of that day,” Brendon said. “I just want to help people as much as I possibly can when I meet them in that moment…. I just want to hug anyone who needs a hug.” 

Learn more about depression online at namialabama.org.

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From General Hospital to Criminal Minds, now Shemar Moore will … – WGNO

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NEW ORLEANS — From General Hospital to Criminal Minds, now Shemar Moore will return to TV.

The revamped TV series S.W.A.T. that aired in the 70’s and the movie S.W.A.T. that stars Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds will have a new look in the Fall on CBS.

Shemar says that the times have updated and so has the show which will include events that are happening today like the racism in America.

In the rebooted series Shemar plays Sergeant Daniel “Hondo” Harrelson. His character takes over the squad of a highly skilled unit after his former boss was killed in the line of duty.

Catch the first season of S.W.A.T. on CBS Thursday, November 2nd 10/9c.

To see more of Shemar’s interview CLICK HERE.

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Hollywood South News with Jabari: EXCLUSIVE! Shemar Moore in New Orleans to promote his new show SWAT – WGNO

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NEW ORLEANS — From General Hospital to Criminal Minds, now Shemar Moore will return to TV.

The revamped TV series S.W.A.T. that aired in the 70’s and the movie S.W.A.T. that stars Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds will have a new look in the Fall on CBS.

Shemar says that the times have updated and so has the show which will include events that are happening today like the racism in America.

In the rebooted series Shemar plays Sergeant Daniel “Hondo” Harrelson. His character takes over the squad of a highly skilled unit after his former boss was killed in the line of duty.

Catch the first season of S.W.A.T. on CBS Thursday, November 2nd 10/9c.

To see more of Shemar’s interview CLICK HERE.

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Criminal Minds: How Daniel Henney will join – EW.com (blog)

To celebrate Fall TV and our huge Fall TV Preview issue — hitting stands on Sept. 15 — EW is bringing you 50 scoops in 50 days, a daily dish on some of your favorite shows. Follow the hashtag #50Scoops50Days on Twitter and Instagram to keep up with the latest, and check EW.com/50-Scoops for all the news and surprises.

Who’s dead or alive?

When Criminal Minds wrapped its 12th season on CBS, six members of the BAU team jumped into a pair of SUVs on a wild goose chase to meet Reid. But what happened was a straight-up disaster: somebody sabotaged their tires to blow up right in the path of an 18-wheeler truck — and it’s unclear who, if any, survived the devastation.

In anticipation of the drama’s Sept. 27 start date, EW got some exclusive scoop from executive producer Erica Messer about the accident and how new cast member Daniel Henney — fresh off the short-lived spinoff Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders — joins the action as Agent Matt Simmons.

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“Garcia [Kirsten Vangsness] has just learned that her team is in trouble. And the first person she calls is Agent Simmons,” Messer tells EW. “He drives them to the site of the last known signal from the team. They discover this horrific car accident. Once they see who is injured, they discover that someone is missing.”

Messer says that Simmons and Garcia work together for the majority of the episode to find the missing BAU member. Could it be Emily Prentiss, David Rossi, and Jennifer Jareau or Tara Lewis, Luke Alvez, and Stephen Walker?

But even if someone  — gulp — dies from the accident, Messer tells EW that there are no plans to expand the team beyond Henney this season. Speaking of whom, here’s another first look of the actor as Agent Matt Simmons in his new digs. Is he hot on the trail of Mr. Scratch, who may or may not have caused that horrific accident?

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Criminal Minds returns for its 13th season on Wednesday, Sept. 27, on CBS.

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'Criminal Minds' Season 13 Spoilers: How Will Agent Simmons Affect the Team's Dynamics? – Christian Post

Facebook/CriminalMindsAgent Simmons will join the squad in the next season of “Criminal Minds.”

Agent Matthew Simmons (Daniel Henney) is expected to play a huge role in the upcoming season of “Criminal Minds.”

Showrunner Erica Messer recently spoke to TV Guide about the decision to add Henney in the show. The actor had previously starred in its spin-off, “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders.” After that series was canceled, it was announced that he would be part of the Behavioral Analysis Unit in the new installment. Messer said she was looking forward to the energy Henney would bring into the show and that it has been “lovely” working with him. Simmons had previously worked with the BAU when he helped in Reid’s (Matthew Gray Gubler) release from prison, so he will not exactly be a stranger to the team. He will take the place that Damon Gupton, who played Agent Stephen Walker, left.

“It was difficult,” Messer shared with TV Guide. “As you know, these decisions aren’t made quickly or anything like that. Everything was a thoughtful decision.”

She added: “The discussions were, ‘Do you think Daniel would want to join Criminal Minds?’ But of course to add one more that means someone’s not coming back and that’s never an easy thing when someone isn’t returning to the show. … The decision was made that made that Damon would not be returning and Daniel would be joining, so then it’s up to us to tell the stories and have them make sense.”

Meanwhile, season 13 is expected to see the return of the serial killer, Mr. Scratch (Bodhi Elfman). Adam Rodriguez, who plays Luke Alvez, recently hinted that the BAU might finally capture the criminal and end his evil reign.

Since Scratch escaped from prison in season 11, he has been targeting the BAU members and their families. Last time, he made Reid’s life miserable. The FBI agent was sent to jail for a crime he did not commit. Shortly after, his mother, Diana (Jane Lynch), was abducted. Spoilers indicate that BAU may use Reid as bait to capture Scratch. The man will not be able to resist toying with the lanky agent again.

“Criminal Minds” season 13 will premiere on Sept. 27 at 10 p.m. EDT on CBS.

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One Criminal Minds Character Will Be Missing In The Season 13 … – Cinema Blend

Okay, so it likely won’t be that bad for fans, as going missing doesn’t necessarily mean being dead. Although if the disappearance is tied to the maniacal killer Mr. Scratch, who may or may not have been responsible for the multi-vehicle accident, then that character probably won’t find much of a silver lining in having survived the crash. To that end, it’s also interesting how Erica Messer told EW that Garcia and Simmons would “see who is injured,” which also doesn’t directly imply fatalities. Wisely, all involved have been mum about what actually happened, and this show doesn’t exactly have fans trying to spoil things, as it goes with The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones. And so we wait.

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“Criminal Minds” Amps Up Fight Against Surprise Serial Killer In New Stills – soompi

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'Criminal Minds' Season 13: Survivors of Horrible Accident Revealed in Season Premiere – Music Times

The Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) is all set to take on puzzling assignments once again when “Criminal Minds” Season 13 premieres. In addition, the team headed by Chief Emily Prentiss (Paget Brewster) will also have to grapple with the loss of some team members.

It can be recalled that in the cliffhanger of last season’s finale, the car with some of the team’s members was about to be run over and crushed by a speeding truck. It has been hinted by Prentiss in an interview with TV Line that the first episode of “Criminal Minds” Season 13 will reveal who survived the horrible crash and who did not.

It will be a test of leadership for Prentiss as the leader of the BAU according to a previous Music Times. She has to lead the team in moving on from the grief of losing some of its members. It will not be easy since the team has spent years working together.

Brewster said in the interview of co-stars leaving the show, “It’s always hard when someone is gone, whether by choice or not by their choice… but you roll with it. … You can’t not miss the people who are gone.” She herself replaced former lead actor Thomas Gibson after an unfortunate event led to his dismissal.

One character who will definitely come back in “Criminal Minds” Season 13 is the show’s ultimate villain, Mr. Scratch. He has been the thorn in the BAU’s side for several seasons now and will continue to be so, it seems. Last season, he made life hell for Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler) and his sick mother Diana (Jane Lynch).

Scratch was also made the reason why Hotch (Thomas Gibson) had to resign from the BAU. He had to enter the witness protection program to protect his son from the serial killer. For “Criminal Minds” Season 13, Scratch will reportedly have another character from the BAU to torment. Who the dangerous criminal’s next victim will be is one of the highlights of the upcoming season.

Who will survive last season’s cliffhanger? Find out when the first episode of “Criminal Minds” Season 13 airs on September 27 on CBS.

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Criminal Minds: How Beyond Borders' Daniel Henney will join the action – EW.com (blog)

To celebrate Fall TV and our huge Fall TV Preview issue — hitting stands on Sept. 15 — EW is bringing you 50 scoops in 50 days, a daily dish on some of your favorite shows. Follow the hashtag #50Scoops50Days on Twitter and Instagram to keep up with the latest, and check EW.com/50-Scoops for all the news and surprises.

Who’s dead or alive?

When Criminal Minds wrapped its 12th season on CBS, six members of the BAU team jumped into a pair of SUVs on a wild goose chase to meet Reid. But what happened was a straight-up disaster: somebody sabotaged their tires to blow up right in the path of an 18-wheeler truck — and it’s unclear who, if any, survived the devastation.

In anticipation of the drama’s Sept. 27 start date, EW got some exclusive scoop from executive producer Erica Messer about the accident and how new cast member Daniel Henney — fresh off the short-lived spinoff Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders — joins the action as Agent Matt Simmons.

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“Garcia [Kirsten Vangsness] has just learned that her team is in trouble. And the first person she calls is Agent Simmons,” Messer tells EW. “He drives them to the site of the last known signal from the team. They discover this horrific car accident. Once they see who is injured, they discover that someone is missing.”

Messer says that Simmons and Garcia work together for the majority of the episode to find the missing BAU member. Could it be Emily Prentiss, David Rossi, and Jennifer Jareau or Tara Lewis, Luke Alvez, and Stephen Walker?

But even if someone  — gulp — dies from the accident, Messer tells EW that there are no plans to expand the team beyond Henney this season. Speaking of whom, here’s another first look of the actor as Agent Matt Simmons in his new digs. Is he hot on the trail of Mr. Scratch, who may or may not have caused that horrific accident?

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Criminal Minds returns for its 13th season on Wednesday, Sept. 27, on CBS.

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'Criminal Minds' Showrunner Erica Messer Reveals Her Thoughts … – The Inquisitr

Criminal Minds had several rounds of cast shakeups and executive producer Erica Messer weighed in on their decision to let Damon Gupton go. Although Thomas Gibson’s departure happened almost a year ago, fans are still protesting the network’s decision, arguing that Hotch is a major fixture on the show.

Controversial Decisions

Back in May, when the Season 12 finale ended with a massive car accident, Criminal Minds boss Erica Messer hoped all the members of the cast will be back for Season 13. Unfortunately, this doesn’t seem to be the case as the CBS police procedural gets rocked by another departure. Damon Gupton was let go, and in his place, Criminal Minds Beyond Borders actor Daniel Henney will step in. Agent Stephen Walker, who joined in the middle of Season 12, would be out of the canvas, and Messer has thoughtful words to say given the shakeups in the cast members of Criminal Minds.

In an interview, Messer admitted, “it was a difficult decision.” She added that these decisions were not made “quickly or anything like that. Everything was a thoughtful decision.”

After Beyond Borders was canceled, Messer and the studio executives were already considering Henney’s addition to Criminal Minds. Even during the initial discussions, Messer admitted they knew adding another member in the cast means letting someone go, although it is not an easy thing to do. Ultimately, they made up their minds to add Henney and let Guptom leave, adding that “it’s up to us to tell the stories and have them make sense.”

Criminal Minds Season 13 Spoilers

Criminal Minds Season 13 premiere will address the aftermath of the SUV pile-up accident, and given the current situation behind the scenes, Gupton’s exit will be staged. The season opener will also introduce Simmons from Beyond Borders who will join the team after the unit he was with collapsed due to a scandal.

As for what awaits Spencer Reid in the upcoming season, Criminal Minds Season 13 spoilers from TVLine reveal that there are going to be changes in the man’s character. Messer revealed that the show is not going to pretend Reid’s incarceration never happened. Reid went through a major crisis, and while the show will not dwell on his experience, his character is going to reveal “shades of how he changed.” Messer also noted that some of his innocence is gone, but the change is for the better. Dr. Reid will be “the best of all worlds there.”

Criminal Minds Season 13 will be back on CBS on Sept. 27, Wednesday, at 10 p.m.

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