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* CastTheRunnerUp: Creator/LukasHaas was offered the role of Dr. Spencer Reid. He agreed to guest star as the stuttering Footpath Killerin the opening two-parter.



** The original plan for season 11 was to have Tara Lewis as a temporary replacement for Kate, who was in maternity leave in the end of season 10, which would allow Kate to return in season 12. However, it was discarded when Jennifer Love Hewitt decided to depart than returning for season 12, which led to Lewis becoming a temporary replacement for JJ and then joining the BAU after JJ's maternal leave ended, resulting her being a FakeGuestStar for that and then PromotedToOpeningCredits in season 12.

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** The original plan for season 11 was to have Tara Lewis as a temporary replacement for Kate, who was in maternity leave in the end of season 10, which would allow Kate to return in season 12. However, it was discarded when Jennifer Love Hewitt Creator/JenniferLoveHewitt decided to depart than returning for season 12, which led to Lewis becoming a temporary replacement for JJ and then joining the BAU after JJ's maternal leave ended, resulting her being a FakeGuestStar for that and then PromotedToOpeningCredits in season 12.


* ActorSharedBackground: Creator/JoeMantegna agreed to become the new lead actor on the show on the condition that his character be Italian, just like him. Thus, his character was named David Rossi.

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* ActorSharedBackground: ActorSharedBackground:
** Dr. Reid is from Las Vegas like Creator/MatthewGrayGubler and often goes home to visit his mother.
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Creator/JoeMantegna agreed to become the new lead actor on the show on the condition that his character be Italian, just like him. Thus, his character was named David Rossi.

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* BillingDisplacement: Creator/PagetBrewster became the third highest billed actor on the show upon her first appearance in the second season, rather than receive an AndStarring credit. Similarly, when Creator/MandyPatinkin left the series & Creator/JoeMantegna arrived in the second season, Mantegna became the highest billed actor whilst Gibson received an AndStarring credit. Every addition to the cast following this would be billed by order of their first appearance on the series, with the exception of Creator/AdamRodriguez & Creator/PagetBrewster, who received AndStarring credits in season 12, after Gibson’s departure.


* NamesTheSame: Billy Flynn, serial killing [[Theatre/{{Chicago}} tap-dancing lawyer]].

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* NamesTheSame: NamesTheSame:
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Billy Flynn, serial killing [[Theatre/{{Chicago}} tap-dancing lawyer]].lawyer]].
** Subverted - Eric Olson, an [=UnSub=] from Season 4, is a letter away from sharing his name with Creator/EricChristianOlsen. Probably why the show specifies his full name as Eric Ryan Olson.

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** Garcia’s animosity towards Alvez over his replacing Morgan on the team is the writers making her an AudienceSurrogate for fans expressing displeasure over the various changes to the cast over the course of the series.
** Matt Simmons joining the team in season 13 is accompanied by various references to the IRT being shut down, in reference to the cancellation of ''Series/CriminalMindsBeyondBorders''.


** Gideon left the BAU due to emotional distress; Creator/MandyPatinkin left the series due to the emotional distress the role was putting on him.

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** Gideon left the BAU due to emotional distress; Creator/MandyPatinkin left the series due to the emotional distress the role was putting on him.him due to his discomfort with the subject matter. Additionally, the letter Gideon left for Spencer explaining his decision mirrored Patinkin leaving letters for his cast mates doing the same thing.
*** Patinkin’s misgivings over the series glorifying horrific crimes would later be acknowledged by the writers, as David Rossi would admit that Gideon expressed worries that Rossi writing books about his time in the BAU would glorify the horrific aspects of their job.


** JJ was written out and Prentiss' screen time was reduced for season six, due to budget cuts, leaving Garcia as the only regular female cast member. Naturally, the fans were not pleased, and neither were the entire cast and crew, as expressed with, among other things, pointed double-meaning lines in "JJ". It was only exacerbated when a [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute new female lead]] came in after the departure, but this dispute has fortunately been resolved.
** In light of the producer's comments about always intending to bring JJ and Prentiss back, an alternative explanation from industry workers has appeared on several sites. That explanation being that the producers wanted to more heavily focus on Prentiss for at least part of the season and explore her mysterious past. As part of this they needed someone to have the access that JJ's new job gave her for story reasons. However, experts in union contracts say that AJ Cook was cut as a regular because keeping her at that rank would mean paying her for all episodes of the season even if she was not in them, at a huge expense. Same with cutting back Paget Brewster's contracted number of episodes given that they knew she would be missing from several. But they had always left open a way to bring back Emily at any time both in story and contract.
** More recently and as confirmed by showrunner Erica Messer, Damon Gupton was directly hired by the network to play Stephen Walker in season 12, following their dismissal of Thomas Gibson for his involvement in an on-set altercation before his departure after the end of the season.

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** JJ was written out and Prentiss' screen time was reduced for season six, due to budget cuts, leaving Garcia as Following the only regular female cast member. Naturally, the fans were not pleased, and neither were the entire cast and crew, as expressed with, among other things, pointed double-meaning lines in "JJ". It was only exacerbated when a [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute new female lead]] came in after the departure, but this dispute has fortunately been resolved.
** In light
completion of the producer's comments about always intending fifth season, the decision was made to bring write JJ and & Prentiss back, an alternative explanation from industry workers has appeared on several sites. That explanation being out of the show, publicly citing budget cuts - although Creator/PagetBrewster would later state that the producers wanted actual reason was a CBS executive demanding “new women” on the show. This decision led to more heavily focus on Prentiss for at least part A.J. Cook leaving in the second episode of the season in a plot rife with RealitySubtext about the cast & crew’s displeasure about the decision, whilst Brewster negotiated a reduced schedule of 17 episodes with instructions to kill Prentiss off at the end of those episodes, and explore her mysterious past. As part of this they needed someone to have co-showrunner Simon Mirren quit the access show entirely. Following the backlash (From fans, cast & crew) over the firings, the sixth season subsequently ended on the reveal that JJ's new job gave her for story reasons. However, experts J.J. was returning to the BAU, and it was revealed early in union contracts say pre-production on the seventh season that AJ Cook was cut Brewster would also be returning as a regular because keeping due to a clause in her at that rank would mean paying her for all episodes of contract being invoked by the season even if she was not in them, at a huge expense. Same with cutting back Paget Brewster's contracted number of episodes given that they knew she would be missing from several. But they had always left open a way to bring back Emily at any time both in story and contract.
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** More recently and as As confirmed by showrunner Erica Messer, Damon Gupton was directly hired by the network to play Stephen Walker in season 12, following their dismissal of Thomas Gibson for his involvement in an on-set altercation before his departure after the end of the season.



* PopCultureUrbanLegends: Following the firing & reinstatements of Creator/AJCook & Creator/PagetBrewster over the course of the sixth season, and in light of the producer's comments about always intending to bring JJ and Prentiss back, an alternative explanation from industry workers has appeared on several sites - that explanation being that the producers wanted to more heavily focus on Prentiss for at least part of the season and explore her mysterious past, and as part of this they needed someone to have the access that JJ's new job gave her for story reasons.



** Bizarrely averted with Season 8's "Restoration," which features several returning characters from Season 2's "Profiler, Profiled," but not the same police station.


* HostilityOnTheSet: Thomas Gibson got fired after he fought one of the episode writers while filming Season 12. As a result, Aaron Hotchner left the BAU and is PutOnABus.

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* HostilityOnTheSet: Thomas Gibson got was fired after he fought one of the episode writers while filming Season 12. As a result, Aaron Hotchner left the BAU and is PutOnABus.



** JJ's sons Henry is played by Mekhai Andersen and and Michael is played by Phoenix Sky Anderson, AJ Cook's sons and the actual result of the pregnancies that put JJ into maternity leave in the first place.

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** JJ's sons Henry is & Michael are played by Mekhai Andersen and and Michael is played by Phoenix Sky Anderson, Andersen respectively, AJ Cook's sons and the actual result of the pregnancies that put JJ into maternity leave in the first place.



** The team must have caught more serial-home-invader-family-annihilators-with-daddy-issues in ten years than they are recorded in human history.

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** The team must have caught more serial-home-invader-family-annihilators-with-daddy-issues in ten years than they there are recorded in human history.



* {{Transplant}}: It's been [[http://tvline.com/2017/06/20/criminal-minds-season-13-daniel-henney-cast-series-regular/ confirmed]] that ''Series/CriminalMindsBeyondBorders'' regular Daniel Henney would be moving to its parent show in season 13 as a series regular, after Damon Gupton's departure.

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* ThrowItIn: Morgan & Garcia’s flirtatious banter ultimately stemmed from Creator/ShemarMoore “feeling goofy” on one take, which was then used in the final episode.
* {{Transplant}}: It's been [[http://tvline.com/2017/06/20/criminal-minds-season-13-daniel-henney-cast-series-regular/ confirmed]] that Matt Simmons (Played by Creator/DanielHenney) moved from the cancelled spin-off ''Series/CriminalMindsBeyondBorders'' regular Daniel Henney would be moving to its the parent show in season 13 as a series regular, after Damon Gupton's departure.regular.


* RealitySubtext: "JJ". So much it practically bleeds into the context.

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* RealitySubtext: "JJ". So much it practically bleeds into RealitySubtext:
** Gideon left
the context.BAU due to emotional distress; Creator/MandyPatinkin left the series due to the emotional distress the role was putting on him.
** JJ’s departure in "JJ" & the narrative that she was being forced to leave the BAU is just the writers voicing their complaints over the ExecutiveMeddling that forced A.J. Cook to leave the series.
** Emily Prentiss leaving the BAU for greener pastures in the seventh season is ultimately down to Creator/PagetBrewster’s heart no longer being in the role after being killed off in the sixth season & brought back in the seventh season due to a clause in her contract allowing the network to do so.


* ActorSharedBackground: Joe Mantegna agreed to become the new lead actor on the show on the condition that his character be Italian, just like him. Thus, his character was named David Rossi.

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* ActorSharedBackground: Joe Mantegna Creator/JoeMantegna agreed to become the new lead actor on the show on the condition that his character be Italian, just like him. Thus, his character was named David Rossi.



** Recently Matthew Gray Gubler got to take the directing skills he's honed on other projects and direct episodes of the show ("Mosley Lane", "Lauren").
** Thomas Gibson directed episodes "Gabby", "Boxed In" and "Lockdown".

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** Recently Matthew Gray Gubler Creator/MatthewGrayGubler got to take the directing skills he's honed on other projects and direct episodes of the show ("Mosley Lane", "Lauren").
** Thomas Gibson Creator/ThomasGibson directed episodes "Gabby", "Boxed In" and "Lockdown".


* ActorSharedBackground: Joe Mantegna agreed to become the new lead actor on the show on the condition that his character be Italian, just like him. Thus, his character was named David Rossi.



** ActorSharedBackground: Joe Mantegna agreed to become the new lead actor on the show on the condition that his character be Italian, just like him. Thus, his character was named David Rossi.


** Reid was said to have been planned as canonically bisexual as far back as the first season, but it was never mentioned and he has since only been provided with only female love interests due to this.
** JJ was written out and Prentiss' screen time was reduced for season six, due to budget cuts, leaving Garcia as the only regular female cast member. Naturally, the fans were not pleased. Especially the female fans. And neither is the entire cast and crew, as expressed with, among other things, pointed double-meaning lines in "JJ". It was made worse by bringing in [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute a new female lead]] to replace JJ (though she doesn't have the same job). Thanks to the fans, they were brought back as regulars for season seven and the ReplacementScrappy went bye-bye.

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** Reid was said to have been planned as canonically bisexual as far back as the first season, but it was never mentioned and he has since only been provided with only female love interests due to this.
** JJ was written out and Prentiss' screen time was reduced for season six, due to budget cuts, leaving Garcia as the only regular female cast member. Naturally, the fans were not pleased. Especially the female fans. And pleased, and neither is were the entire cast and crew, as expressed with, among other things, pointed double-meaning lines in "JJ". It was made worse by bringing in only exacerbated when a [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute a new female lead]] to replace JJ (though she doesn't have came in after the same job). Thanks to the fans, they were brought back as regulars for season seven and the ReplacementScrappy went bye-bye.departure, but this dispute has fortunately been resolved.



** More recently and as confirmed by showrunner Erica Messer, Damon Gupton was directly hired by the network to play Stephen Walker in season 12, following their dismissal of Thomas Gibson for his involvement in a minor on-set altercation before he departed after the end of the season.

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** More recently and as confirmed by showrunner Erica Messer, Damon Gupton was directly hired by the network to play Stephen Walker in season 12, following their dismissal of Thomas Gibson for his involvement in a minor an on-set altercation before he departed his departure after the end of the season.



** Jayne Atkinson, a British actress - from Holdenhurst, Dorset, England - playing German-American Erin Strauss - [[MindScrew confusing]]! Of course, "Strauss" is probably her married name.



** British actress Jayne Atkinson playing the German-American Erin Strauss.



* ScrewedByTheNetwork: The reason J.J. left. And the bitch of it is that in the episode directly preceding her exit, "The Longest Night", A.J. Cook does some of the best work of her career. She was even more screwed than usual: Cook wasn't let go because of ratings or a dispute with the cast or crew; she was let go because CBS was pinching pennies to make a spinoff (which failed) and was too cheap to renew her contract.

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* ScrewedByTheNetwork: The reason J.J. left. And the bitch of it is that JJ's departure was a decision by CBS to cut costs in the episode directly preceding her exit, "The Longest Night", A.J. Cook does some order to help create one of the best work of her career. She was even more screwed than usual: Cook wasn't let go because of ratings or a dispute with the cast or crew; she was let go because CBS was pinching pennies to make a spinoff (which failed) and was too cheap to renew her contract.[[Series/CriminalMindsSuspectBehavior short-lived spin-offs]].



* WriterRevolt:
** In "JJ", listen very closely to the dialogue. AJ Cook was let go from the show for purely financial reasons, a decision that the cast and crew obviously reviled, and the subplot is about how her promotion is being forced by "people above their pay grade" (the network). She really lays into them in her closing monologue in place of the usual ending quote.
** Considering how the writers, the cast and the ''entire'' fanbase '''hated''' [[ScrewedByTheNetwork what the network executives did]], there is a general consensus that the TakeThat against them was entirely justified[[note]]and cathartic[[/note]] (and one of the few times when a WriterRevolt has been fully supported by more than just fanbase splinter groups).
** Fortunately there is a happy ending to all this as Cook became a series regular again at the start of season seven. The main reason she was let go was so the execs would have money to do that [[Series/CriminalMindsSuspectBehavior spin-off]], [[LaserGuidedKarma but it got cancelled after only 13 episodes]]. With their funds now freed up, CBS soon rehired Cook, perhaps knowing that there would be a good chance of a sharp drop in ratings if they didn't bring her back.
** [[http://www.tvguide.com/news/criminal-minds-kirsten-vangess-aj-cook-may-be-leaving-1065089.aspx Old habits die hard, though.]] But, fortunately, it was resolved before the season began.

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* WriterRevolt:
** In "JJ", listen very closely to
WriterRevolt: "JJ" was an episode loaded with RealitySubtext and double-meanings considering it was the dialogue. AJ Cook was let go from (planned) last episode for the show for purely financial reasons, a decision that fan-and-cast-favorite character of the cast and crew obviously reviled, and the subplot is about how same name, such as her promotion is referencing her status as being forced KickedUpstairs caused by [[{{Creator/CBS}} "people above their pay grade" (the network). She really lays into them in her closing monologue in place of the usual ending quote.
** Considering how the writers, the cast and the ''entire'' fanbase '''hated''' [[ScrewedByTheNetwork what the network executives did]], there is a general consensus that the TakeThat against them was entirely justified[[note]]and cathartic[[/note]] (and one of the few times when a WriterRevolt has been fully supported by more than just fanbase splinter groups).
** Fortunately there is a happy ending to all this as Cook became a series regular again at the start of season seven. The main reason she was let go was so the execs would have money to do that [[Series/CriminalMindsSuspectBehavior spin-off]], [[LaserGuidedKarma but it got cancelled after only 13 episodes]]. With their funds now freed up, CBS soon rehired Cook, perhaps knowing that there would be a good chance of a sharp drop in ratings if they didn't bring her back.
** [[http://www.tvguide.com/news/criminal-minds-kirsten-vangess-aj-cook-may-be-leaving-1065089.aspx Old habits die hard, though.]] But, fortunately, it was resolved before the season began.
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** ActorSharedBackground: Joe Mantegna agreed to become the new lead actor on the show on one condition...that his character be Italian, just like him. Thusly, his character was named David Rossi.

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** ActorSharedBackground: Joe Mantegna agreed to become the new lead actor on the show on one condition...the condition that his character be Italian, just like him. Thusly, Thus, his character was named David Rossi.

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** Reid was said to have been planned as canonically bisexual as far back as the first season, but it was never mentioned and he has since only been provided with only female love interests due to this.


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* FakeNationality: Actress Lola Glaudini is of Italian and Jewish heritage, but Elle claims her mother is Cuban and she speaks fluent Spanish.

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** Aisha Tyler and Adam Rodriguez have also directed episodes.


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** ActorSharedBackground: Joe Mantegna agreed to become the new lead actor on the show on one condition...that his character be Italian, just like him. Thusly, his character was named David Rossi.


** The team must have caught more serial-home-invader-family-anhilators-with-daddy-issues in ten years than they are recorded in human history.

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** The team must have caught more serial-home-invader-family-anhilators-with-daddy-issues serial-home-invader-family-annihilators-with-daddy-issues in ten years than they are recorded in human history.

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