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Lafayette: Do something!
Pam: I am doing something… laughing!

Oh Pam. You spent last season single handedly holding the series together with your quippy remarks. I’m glad to see she carried on were she left off, with both this weeks scorcher and the very memorable line from last week…

I’m wearing a Walmart sweatsuit for ya’ll. If that’s not a demonstration of team spirit I don’t know what is.

Haha! Brill. Kristin Bauer van Straten’s delivery of every single line is so flawless, she is a credit to the show. Anyway, to the episode!

I started with Pam, so I will continue. She’s having a tough time dealing with this rift between her and Eric. And it isn’t helping that the she doesn’t know the Authority has him so she clearly thinks he’s ignoring her. We saw a little of Pam when she was human, and honestly, if it wasn’t for all the eating and the drinking – I could have sworn she was exactly the same. I think that was why Eric turned her eventually. He saw who she was, and liked it. She interested him. I know if I was going to spend an eternity with someone, I’d definitely want to make sure they had a sense of humor as razor sharp as Pam’s.

This week we finally got to meet Christopher Meloni’s new character – Roman. And when he began speaking, I found it uber weird. I can’t help but see Elliot. He looks the same, he sounds the same. He even has the same cockiness about him, a fact I always loved in Stabler. But, myself, like many, need to let it go. Stabler is gone, and unless the world starts reversing on it’s axis, he’s never coming back. He’s all about the fangs now… And I need to get used to it!

Chris Meloni as Roman. Source: Small screen scoop.

So did he do a good job?

Honestly, I think it is too tough to tell. You don’t just shake off a character you have played for 12 years. And so I think that will take time. But I enjoyed the religious aspect he brought. The fact that Vampires, or Vampyres as they kept referring to them, are as culpable as humans are when it comes to believing in some sort of omnipotent creator. His feeding of his disciples with his blood had obvious similarities to the Christian mass, and Meloni delivered each line in such a way that you really believed Roman meant every word. I’m looking forward to seeing more of him as the season progresses, and I think his character is likely to lose his cool way more than he did in last nights episode. And, even more than that, I want to learn more about this guy – how old is he, for instance?

Tara is now even more crazy…!

In other news, Tara is a messed up, crazy, violent, epileptic Vampire. And she’s pissed. Unsurprisingly. Really Sook? Really? You thought, “Oh I know, we’ll turn her?” Neither you or Lafayette got Pam to turn Tara for her own good, it was for selfish reasons. She was hardly likely to be happy about the fact, given the fact she was kidnapped, raped and almost murdered by a Vampire – several times. She hates them. She spent the whole of the last season trying to bring them all to an end. Yet you think she’d rather be a Vampire than dead. It is down right selfish of them. And in all honesty, I would have been happier if Tara had have died. Last season we had Eric on the rampage, unable to control himself. Before that we had Jessica adjusting to life. And now Tara? This could get old fast. I hope the writers do their best to keep it upbeat, and turn Tara back into the “La la la la” character from Season 1.

We were treated to several Vampire torture scenes this week. The authority were intent on interrogating Eric and Bill. I found it interesting that they felt keeping Nora’s secret worthy of such a fate. Yes she and Eric share Godric as their maker. But if she has already betrayed the Authority, them knowing that can’t do more harm if she’s already facing the true death. If anything they would understand that bond. The bromance twins – Bill and Eric – also revealed the fate they gave Russell Edgington in order to prevent their own demise. It was a risky move. A more reckless leader no doubt would have killed them there and then, and for a moment, I thought Roman would. But it looks like we make get some more delightful scenes between Russell and Eric when the pair go and track him down – I hope.

Source: Stephenmoyer.net

There was some stuff going on with Terry this week. Honestly, I won’t lie, it doesn’t interest me. Something about fires and what happened in Iraq. So I found it hard to follow that. Jason got in a little bit of hot water for splitting up a boy’s parents this week, and he also found Debbie’s car. I reckon we’ll be hearing more about that real soon. Sam fell out with Nula over her little girl possibly being wolf. It turns out she is… bummer. How cute though! Alcide renounced any association with the pack. I don’t know for how long however, as they don’t really seem the kind of people you walk away from…

And Jessica got bored with playing teenage girl, finally throwing out her groupies. But now before a visit from the newly Vampiric and gay Rev.

Child vamp needs a nap. Like his suit though…

Newland. I enjoy him a lot more now he’s gay and a Vampire. I really do. I know Jessica is older than him, but I do worry she will end up underestimating him. He was a slimy and slippery, and sometimes dangerous little critter before he became a Vampire. I can only see him getting worse now he’s stronger. That being said, I loved Jessica’s teasing of him, when she was all talk about Jason’s butt etc. And her defense of him was as cute as ever. I do think she has feelings for him. But like what happened with Hoyt, she’s not ready for that. She wants to be just Jessica for a while. I guess she’s more like a teenager than she realises.

Finally, one more point. Children vampires? We’ve seen them before on Buffy. But that was because he was the annointed one. You have to wonder what qualities you see in a child that would make them a good Vampire… Also he was quite snappy. I think he needs a nap.

Overall, a solid second episode. Slightly below par compared to last week, but I have a feeling we’re just beginning to set up the many threads this season has to offer.

Let me know your thoughts on this weeks True Blood below.

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It’s part 2 of the “you better abide by my TV guide” series, meaning today I will be looking at all the TV shows I will be watching over the coming weeks. All of which are of particular interest if you a) hate sport or b) live in the USA and already miss your fall TV.

First up, we have True Blood; Sundays HBO at 10.

Source: Entertainment weekly.

Christopher Meloni on True Blood
Source – Entertainment Weekly

I’m a firm believer that if it’s on HBO, it deserves at least a look. We’re talking the channel that brought us the Sopranos, Sex and the City and Game of Thrones. That’s bucket loads of quality right there. And while I wouldn’t tar True Blood with the same brush as it’s channel pals, it is still miles ahead of the competition.

Into its fifth series, it’s coming off the back of a disappointing season filled with too many witches, not enough Sookie and an anti-climactic end to Sookie’s origins. But the show runners have brought in SVU super lead Christopher Meloni to spruce up the cast, plus the return of the outstanding (and my personal favourite) Russell Edgington – that alone will keep me watching. And I am hoping he turns up sooner rather than later…

If you’ve not caught True Blood, purchase season 1 immediately if you like your vampires sexy and dangerous and not like they’ve just swallowed some pledge. Anyway, check it out and enjoy!

Next up is the BBC drama Silk; iPlayer

Silk is the most fun I’ve ever had (with a TV…) while being utterly clueless about what is going on. It’s a British legal drama following two barristers trying to get silk – a prestigious level among the justice system that takes years to achieve. Confused? Well to be honest, I don’t really get it either. I find myself watching long periods of legal mumbo jumbo with no clue whether the leads of the show are doing well, with just each characters reactions to gauge the plot. But that’s doesn’t matter. I don’t watch silk as it would probably help me pass the bar, I watch it because it’s the most honest look at any legal system I have ever come across.

Being a big time Law and Order fan, it takes a lot for me to enjoy other legal dramas because no show quite weaves and ducks like L&O. It makes you question things you thought were simple lines of the moral code. And it is the true embodiment of the fact that life is never black and white.

BBC’s Silk – Source: The Telegraph.

Silk however shows that our legal system really isn’t about right or wrong. In fact, that couldn’t be more untrue. Instead, the law, and justice is much more about how wealthy you are; how good your barrister is; and the roll of the die when it comes to the jury. We can kid ourselves into thinking it is about justice, but so often the courts are a far more shady affair.

Week in, week out Silk shows that. And shows the politics involved in every case. It is horrible to imagine yourself in the dock, accused of a crime. But it is even more distressing to realise that in our county – the most important factor isn’t whether or not you did it.

Finally, a very different Crime drama – Rizzoli and Isles; Tuesday’s, TNT.

Jane and Maura's first meeting.

Jane and Maura’s first meeting.

If you have ever waded through my blog posts, you would already know I love this show. Its not only my favourite Summer show, it’s one of my favourite shows full stop. Funny, well written, heart wrenching and with a stellar cast, Rizzoli and Isles follows two best friends as they solve homicides, one being a detective and the other the chief medical examiner.

The thing I like the most about this show is the humour. It makes me laugh equally as much as Family Guy and the Big bang – which, given it is a drama is über impressive. The chemistry between Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander as the two leads sizzles (enough to get a considerable lesbian following) and the amazing use of Lorraine Braco as Rizzoli’s mum makes this the perfect show. If you like your crime dramas with a bit of sass then look no further (except if you’ve never experienced Veronica Mars…).

 

Jesus. When will I ever watch a Private Practice episode without crying like a little bitch?

To be fair to Shonda Rhimes, Private Practice’s finale was never going to be all sunshine and rainbows. Not when we’ve spent the past half a dozen episodes leading up to the birth of Amelia’s brainless baby. As expected, Amelia went into labour, and instead of her friends rallying to help her, as usual a moral debate began. When the gang discovered from Jake that Amelia’s plan was to harvest her baby’s organs in order to save other dying children they were all shocked, and reacted in different ways. Keeping to recent form, Charlotte set about consulting the hospitals lawyers about what the course of action was. Sam blurted out that it was murder and was hostile to everybody, particularly Addison and Jake given him witnessing their little dalliance in Jake’s office, and Addison was shocked but remained calm and quiet – clearly thinking of Amelia above all else.

As the episode progressed, the dilemma went back and forth between the warring parties. Jake was clearly conflicted as he obviously didn’t want to be involved either – but as usual he was putting his patient first and reminding himself he’d promised Amelia. There was a touching scene between the pair of them, as Amelia struggled through the pain in her hospital room – alone. He placed his hand into her back, to try and alleviate the pain a little – given Amelia obviously refused any and all drugs. When he did this Amelia reacted as though his hand was made of ice, explaining that she couldn’t have anyone touch her or she’d cry. And if she started crying, she wouldn’t stop. It was a classic Amelia scenario, refusing help to stay strong. And in all honesty, one I was glad to see rather than her recent bouts of making people feel awful for her, and then being hateful. I like the strong Amelia, but I like her even more when she is strong enough to accept help. In the end Jake ignored her pleas and helped her, proving she was realising that this time she couldn’t do this alone.

Sam, once again, pissed me off for most of the episode. Don’t get me wrong – I like the guy. But I’m so fed up of his brattish, moody behaviour. He allows his personal feelings to interfere with everything, and because of that could have been responsible for not harvesting Amelia’s baby’s organs – thus killing the babies they would have helped. I get he was mad with Addison. I get it was a really tough decision. I expect that. I just wish he would start making them objectively.

Eventually, Amelia gave birth. And finally Addison – upon hearing Amelia losing it in the birthing room – was by her side. Amelia fought it at first, but Addison did what she does best and ignored her stubborn pleas for her own good. It was nice to see Amelia back with Addy, even in such traumatic circumstances. When the baby was born – well that’s when the tears came. Given I’d just watched Grey’s Anatomy’s finale, I was already pretty much a mess. So it didn’t take much to get me blubbing. The baby looked like I expected him to look, thanks to me doing a little research a few weeks ago. But it didn’t change the fact it was heartbreaking when Amelia held him for the first time and then said goodbye. If I was in the same situation, I think I’d have to hold him. If only to let him know how much I loved him, and how proud I was that he was saving all these lives.

After that, we watched the heartbreaking harvesting of his organs, which was only made better by the fact they kept shouting out the various cities they were taking them, and therefore the babies they would save. By the end of the episode, Amelia woke up to find Sheldon by her side, and the two finally reconciled. And it was touching to see her comforting him, instead of the other way around.

The finale also had some continuality in terms of Pete being arrested last week. I got to tell you, there was so much else going on – I wasn’t too bothered to see him locked up. I felt like that could have been given a little less air time, and left for when we come back in the fall.

Mason continued to adjust to life without his mum this week. And there was another blubbing scene (by me anyway) were he told Charlotte that he didn’t know what to call her. When he decided on Momma, it was really nice to see that he was coming to terms with things.

But it was the last few moments of the episode that we will all be wondering about until the show returns in September.

Will she, or won’t she?

After Addison falls apart when the events of the day sink in, Jake is there to comfort her. And eventually the pair end up having sex. Afterwards, he asks her for dinner and they arrange to meet up at Addison’s house, with Jake bringing the food. To be honest, it seemed a bit awkward after their little tryst, and I think they should of maybe talked a little first rather than planning a date.

But when Addison gets home, she finds Henry (officially the cutest baby of 2012) in the arms of Sam. And finally, Sam tells Addison what he should have told her weeks, maybe even months ago – How much he loves her, how he wants to be a family with her and Henry, and then he gets down on one knee and asks her to marry him. Addison’s initial reluctance was replaced by a huge grin – not really the reaction you’d expect of someone who was sleeping with a different guy just hours before. But she doesn’t answer.

We then cut to Jake, innocently driving along in his car with flowers in tow. Ouch.

I think Jake’s a better guy for Addy, I really do. He would be good for her. But that doesn’t mean I think she belongs with him. She belongs with Sam. That much is evident. They keep being pulled back to each other (it doesn’t help that he lives next door) and I don’t think she could ever have something with someone else, without still having feels for Sam. There is just too many unresolved issues.

So will she say yes? Well I will be surprised if she’s not engaged when we come back in the fall…

What did you think of last night finale? Who do you think Addison will choose? 

Well I didn’t think it was possible – but SVU just got weirder. This week we dived into the world of body mortification. Its a world that I went 22 years without realising it existed. And could have gone another twenty.

After Rollins goes for a breather outside a bar, she hears a girl screaming and then sees a cab drive past with the unwilling girl inside. She chases the cab, getting a vin number, but eventually it drives away. Eager to rescue the girl, the team dive into finding her – thinking that he’s the cabbie Sikh whose been raping women. It turns out, from closer inspection of CCTV footage that its not the guy and eventually the team realising they are dealing with something totally different and new when the same girls severed leg – no need to get an eye test, you read it right – turns up in a fisherman’s catch. Eventually the team are lead into a world of body mortification, self-mutilation and ritual amputation. That’s a lot of -ation’s that I don’t wanna know anything about. Eventually the girl turns up dead, and the team delve deeper in trying to find what has now become a homicide case.

Now, apart from the obvious, the thing that disturbed me the most about “Strange Beauty” was the hooker who let a dude cut her leg off for $25,000. Seriously? You want/need drugs that much that you let someone cut your leg off?! Also, the thought of being kidnapped and then waking up to find you have such an important limb missing gives me chills. Not to mention the fact that the guy who was committing the crimes was doing it to make them more beautiful, unlike his mother who lost her leg in an accident, he was making them better. Its pretty twisted stuff. And it sort of reminded me of the absolutely shockingly bad Lindsay Lohan movie – ‘I know who killed me’. If you haven’t seen it, seriously don’t bother. But it is similar in the way that it features a serial killer who slowly, over time, chops off his victims limbs when they are still alive. That was only less disturbing than LiLo’s acting, but still shocking all the same…

The thing that was good about this week’s SVU is it was something different. Its sounds terrible but I am not easily shocked by SVU any more. They have covered all their bases when it comes to sick, perverse and horrifying crimes. So to see something new – well it surprised me. Not necessarily in a good way, but I was surprised all the same.

law & order svu sttrange beauty ice-t kelli giddishThen there was the character developments in this episode. Now there wasn’t a lot – but there was some hinting on the part of the writers. Previously, new girl Rollins disclosed to Liv that something bad happened to her in Atlanta and because of it she had to move. In its context it sounded like an attack of some sort. But the writers left it there. Rollins, her gambling habits aside, does seem to have a few underlying issues from what I’ve noticed this season. And in “Strange Beauty” it was revealed that whatever happened to her was the result of something someone high up the chain of command did, and that Rollins was keen to shake it off as nothing, and that she shouldn’t have taken it personally. I’m sure we’ll be hearing more of that as time goes on, and I’m certain we’ll be seeing more of her old captain.

In other news, SVU has been renewed for another season! I must admit, when Chris Meloni left, I didn’t think we’d get another season beyond season 13. But I really do think they asserted themselves, and did a good job. Both Danny Pino and Kelli Giddish have settled in really well, and I like both of their characters. I understand a lot of people were upset when Chris left. But its TV. This stuff happens and you have to move on. SVU is still a great show without him, and one of the best cop drama’s ever. It would be a shame if people stopped watching just because there is no more Elliot. I’m sure Chris wouldn’t want that.

So overall, a good episode, if a little disturbing. Shame we had no Munch, he is painfully underused. But I’m looking forward to next weeks finale…!

What the hell is Cragen doing in that promo…?!

NB. I just remembered that the killer in that LiLo flick, I know who killed me, froze off there limbs. I think. Yeah its kind of a blur. So not so similar but reminded me of it all the same… I’ll stop now. 

Let me know what you thought of this episode, and SVU’s renewal in the comments section!

The day has come – Sarah Michelle Gellar has made her small screen return in her new show – Ringer (The Ringer? Ringer? It just feels like it needs a ‘The’ on there somewhere… Just me? Okay…). Now as a diehard Buffy fan, there were few things that could keep me from watching this – plague, zombie apocalypse, my twin trying to murder me… So, what’s my verdict. Well I have to say, the end scene did put a smile on my face. Which is always a good sign. But I’m still a little unsure. Perhaps being a massive Buffy fan is a bad thing… Did I expect something of the same calibre? Maybe not. You only have to watch the grudge to get over the misconception. But I guess its still TV, and it is SMG – so maybe it was in my head that this would be out of this world good. It wasn’t. What we did have though is some potential, a few twists and some pretty good acting. Let’s break it down.

Twins. Identical twins played by the same actress. On paper it should be a bit of a challenge. And I think it will be. SMG needs to create these totally separate layered characters. And I don’t mean ‘good twin’, ‘bad twin’. That would be too easy. I want to believe in these two totally separate people. Siobhan, I’m guessing, has some sort of grudge (lol) against her sister Bridget. Why else would you send a masked man in to strangle her to death? I’m guessing it involves the reason Bridget is so remorseful to her sister, and the picture of Siobhan and a little boy that Bridget found in the jewellery box. But I don’t think its that simple. Bridget is getting this glimpse of Siobhan’s life – and its less than happy. An affair, a failing marriage, a pregnancy, a less than lovely step daughter and a basically a life she doesn’t want to live in any more. Then Bridget enters back into her life and she realises she may have a way out. Kill two birds with one stone – literally. Killing Bridget kills the person she so clearly still hates, and herself. Giving herself the perfect opportunity to start afresh with her new baby.

Here’s the confusing bit. Gemma rang Bridget in order to get her to come to the loft – were there was clearly a trap laid out for her. Why? She has no reason to help Siobhan, if we assume she does really know who her husband is sleeping with. And if she knows that ‘Siobhan’ is Bridget, well then she has no reason to harm her. *Breath* Yes its a confusing one.

So we are left with these questions. Why did Gemma set Bridget up? Why does Siobhan want the world to think she’s dead? Why didn’t Siobhan just let the gangsters kill Bridget (when she was being Siobhan) because it probably would have happened eventually? What is the reason Siobhan hates Bridget? Why does Siobhan suddenly seem like a psychopath?

Well I’m sure we’ll find out! One way or the other. Although SMG says there is a three season plan for the show. I’m hoping more happens because I can’t see my questions taking 3 seasons to work themselves out. And quite frankly I don’t think I’d keep watching that long if they did. My round up? It has potential. There’s definitely some interesting aspects. But personally, I think the show needs to speed up a little bit if it wants to keep me watching. As pilots go, its no Lost – but I’d still give it a solid 7/10.

Some call me an optimist – or at least I like to think they do… But when it comes to TV, I’m unfortunately that grumpy old man who sits on the bus murmuring about you because you had the audacity to sit next to him. Alas, that may be soon to change.

So what made me this way? Well, I was an optimist, I really was. I grew up watching seven years of Buffy, eight years of Charmed. Never did the words, ‘Network’ or ‘Cancellation’ enter my little head. But then I got older. And I got wiser. And I got pissed. Why? Well because the greatest show I’d ever known, the show I related to on so many levels, the show like no other got cancelled. And that show was the masterpiece they call Veronica Mars. What is this, I hear you say… Well not many people watched it. But those that did loved it. It launched the career of the lovely Kristen Bell, and critics called it the sassiest and smartest show on TV. But here is were I got mad. Networks are businesses. Businesses are about making money. To make money, you need to make a huge hit that sells globally, or a pile of shit that costs no money to make. Which is exactly why we have the ‘Only way is Essex’ and the ‘Jersey Shores’ of the world. It costs about 10 grand an episode to have a man with a camera follow a bunch of bad acting chav’s around for the day. Whereas it costs hundreds of thousands an episode to hire good actors, good writers and basically good everything. And that was when I learned the important lesson of – money makes the world go round. It does – money and sex. That’s life. And so after Veronica Mars got cancelled, despite it being arguably the best written show on TV,  I lost faith in TV. I didn’t want to watch anything  new, especially anything the US was churning out, because I didn’t want to get so god damn disappointed again. But eventually, inevitably, I did. I picked up another show. I couldn’t resist once I realised it had my all time favourite Law and Order ADA, Angie Harmon as the the lead character. So I took the gamble. What happened? Well ever heard of Women’s Murder Club? The books? Yes. The series? No. Why? Because it was canned. And it was a nice little show. Funny, heart warming, exciting. But when the writers strike hit, the networks wanted to get rid of it, and fast. So they fired a few people. Hired a bunch of new people who basically could not give a shit, and then the last 3 episodes were made, and they were made badly, and that was that. All over.

By this point, I was worse then mad. I was upset. The renewal period of TV felt like waiting for exam results. Which is a ridiculous, but true, notion. But I decided that I owed it to myself to keep trying. I love TV. I’m a watcher – I always have been. Whether it be films or TV. So I kept going, and I stumbled upon Joss Whedon’s new creation known as Dollhouse. Original, innovative, well cast, exciting, thought provoking..! There was nothing this show didn’t have! And as soon as I saw the pilot, I was worried. Seems like a strange time to be worried, I know. But I knew that a show like this, that wasn’t mindless “You cheated on me!” or “Your through to the next round!” BULLSHIT, was going to go through some tough, tough times. Now I’m not trying to insult the whole of America. But the average Joe doesn’t watch shows like Dollhouse and Veronica Mars. They watch Deal or No Deal, American Idol, and Dancing with the Stars. I guess people work so hard through the week, they don’t wanna use their brains too much when they have time off. <——-That, right there, is not me. I wanna be challenged by a show. I wanna laugh at extremely well written dialect. And I want to cry because a character I cared about is hurt or dead, not because American Idol’s newest contestant once had a pet chameleon and it DIED. Honestly, who gives a shit? And so when the first season of Dollhouse ended, it struggled. As I knew it would. But like Veronica Mars did more than once, it held its ground and got renewed. Unfortunately, by the second season, the network felt it was just too ground breaking for america and it got cancelled. And once again, I was pissed/angry/annoyed/upset. 

Just in case your thinking I am pathetic right now, with no life and someone who lives in the box – I don’t. But when you invest time in something, that never gets a proper end, or watch something so well written that you care about these characters – it is heart wrenching when your loyalty to them is rewarded with no continuation. Its like networks are the worst storytellers ever to exist. One out of every hundred shows gets a proper ending, if were lucky. Where is the sense in that?

Don’t get me wrong, if something is bad – I am the first person to say cancel it. Because there is nothing worse then the good shows being blocked by the bad ones. But its when the quality shows go that I have a problem. And they do, incessantly.

So what’s my point? Well about a year ago, I once again stumbled upon a new show. Not again – I know. I myself was hesitant. So what got me watching? Well Angie Harmon, again. After the disappointing cancellation of Women’s Murder Club, I really wanted to see her do well. She’s a great actress, and a lovely person. And I just felt after how well she did in Law and Order, she needed a proper opportunity to prove herself once again.  Add on to that the lovely Sasha Alexander who was the hilarious Kate from NCIS – well it couldn’t really go wrong in my book. And well, Rizzoli & Isles was born. And I loved it. Every second of it. It was a crime show at its core yes, but it was funny, likeable, enthralling and well written. The two leads had more chemistry than a hydrogen bomb, and all the supporting cast were just as loveable. And so I waited. Would this one be successful? Would this survive the chop?

A year on, and it’s cables highest rated show. It’s being shown in several countries. It’s DVD is available for purchase. TNT are calling it there new main show after the Closer ends. And its just doing fantastically! Amazingly! Beyond expectations! Season 3 has already been given the go ahead. And it’s constantly trending on twitter. What more could I ask for?

Well there is this – Don’t mess it up TNT. It’s an amazing show. Please please stay true, and keep it on the air. Let it come to its natural end when its time. And not before. 

Not a big ask… is it?

Some very interested news for Criminal Minds fans!

We know from the season finale from last week that AJ Cook was back on board the show for next season, but not only that – it has been revealed that Paget Brewster, despite ‘exiting’ the show this season, has inked a new deal to return next season. And as expected, Paget’s reprisal of her character as Emily Prentis means newcomer Rachel Nichols is out. Unfortunately for Nichols, I doubt many Criminal Minds fans will be upset about her parting the show as many saw her character as a replacement for the other two women. That being said, Nichols has the blockbuster Conan the Barbarian with co stars Rose McGowan and Jason Mamoa coming out shortly, and her departure from the show leaves her to carry on what I expect to be a pretty successful movie career.

As for Criminal Minds, well I think you’d be hard pushed to find anyone who is unhappy to see Paget and AJ return! Last season sort of feels like a bad dream, one I’m sure we’ll all forget when the gangs all back together!

Paget Brewster and AJ Cook with co-star (it feels so good to be able to say that again!) Kristen Vangness