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CBS resigns 'Criminal Minds' stars, orders ninth season

CBS has resigned the stars of “Criminal Minds,” and given the crime drama a ninth season.

Cook Vangsnes

Leads Thomas Gibson and Joe Mantegna and co-stars Shemar Moore, Kirsten Vangsness and A.J. Cook all signed new two-year deals.

Last week ABC Studios signed a new deal with showrunner Erica Messer. It had been reported that if Gibson and Mantegna were resigned, a ninth season was likely.

Fan favorite cast members Vangsness and Cook had reportedly turned down their previous offers. The two had been negotiating together as a stand against their lesser pay when compared to all of the men on the show, and were threatening to leave. However, the two have now reportedly got sizable, though not quite equal, pay increases. Moore was reported as being far away from a deal earlier this week, but has clearly since changed his mind.

Back in 2010 Cook was reduced to a guest star and costar Paget Brewster was cut altogether, though fan outcry resulted in Cook being reinstated on “Criminal Minds.”

“Criminal Minds” follows a team of FBI profilers from the Behavioral Analysis Unit. The show focuses on the criminals, rather than the crime itself. “Criminal Minds” is produced by The Mark Gordon Company in association with CBS Television Studios and ABC Studios.

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- A.J. Cook

Written by: KurtK26
May 9th, 2013, 5:28 pm

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Message Posted On Jul 9th, 2013, 11:50 pm
How can I become a guest star on the show?

Message Posted On May 22nd, 2013, 7:04 pm
so matthew and the new lady isnt coming back??

Message Posted On May 22nd, 2013, 10:30 am
We love Matthew Gray Gubler. He adds something to the depth that the other can't. Please try to make a deal that will bring him back.

Message Posted On May 20th, 2013, 4:12 pm
I love this show and everyone in the cast especially Matthew, Shemar, Kristen, A.J. and Thomas. There is such a close feeling between all of them and it is tough with the stories they tell. Shemar is on The Talk right now and he is such a sweet guy. His mom is in the audience too. How cute is that?

Message Posted On May 10th, 2013, 8:01 am
@yankee, true but do the women on this show put in the same amount of screentime as the men? No? Well their pay should reflect that.

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Message Posted On May 10th, 2013, 4:18 am

To Giskard, Matthew Gray Gubler signed a new contract last season.


Message Posted On May 10th, 2013, 1:19 am
I'm guessing Matthew Gray Gubler were already signed or ... ?

Message Posted On May 9th, 2013, 11:50 pm
out of order--woman should get the same pay-they do the same work-its 2013----not 1913 and yea-im a male-b4 anyone asks

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Message Posted On May 9th, 2013, 11:02 pm

phew... that was a close call, im extreamly happy to get this confirmation!!!

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