Friday, September 30, 2011

CM Set Report Chat w/Janine Sherman Barrois 9-29

jsb: hey everyone. so excited to be here!

swpwallie: Hi Janine! You seem to focus on the criminally insane. Where do you get your insight or should I say inspiration?

jsb: my family

jsb: bring it on!

Misty: After seeing “Proof” some fans are talking about how immature Reid is. Was it how you intended the character to come across during the episode ? As a big Reid fan I really, really struggled with that aspect of the episode.

jsb: look, jj and reid have been best friends. to play reid as accepting the lie and not having real life consequences to it would have been false.

Kris: Welcome Janine, thanks for an awesome episode last night. Where I really loved it and didn't mind the gory subject matter, I've read where some people thought it was too much. What would you say to those people?

jsb: maybe we shouldn't have shown the girls' eyes out. in script, it didn't seem as bad but on the table it was hard.

Janie: What was your inspiration for the final scene where Rossi was teaching the team how to cook? I loved it :)

jsb: we needed to bring the family together. we needed to have closure, so I thought why not go to rossi's and break bread. the man can really that's what we did. i loved that scene!

Kris: You've written for both Third Watch and ER, both ensemble shows. This is your 2nd year with CM. How does CM compare with your experiences with those shows? Other than the subject matter, how does it differ?

jsb: i've been really lucky. all the shows i have been on are great. this is definitely the scariest but the crew and the writers are the best!

swankyhoodrat: Hey Janine; loved last night's episode! I have a question about Morgan. Although he seemed to forgive Prenntiss on the surface, he seemed hesitant about it, especially after 701. Is this something that will expanded on in future episodes?

jsb: stay tuned....

proofchat: Do you have a favorite BAU character to write for? If so, who? What makes this character your favorite?

jsb: love all of them.... and im not just saying that to keep my job.

pastapartycounseling: Does Reid's presence at Rossi's in the final scene mean the friction between him and JJ is over?

jsb: yes..they're bffs again

Reidsgirl91: So we've had a bearded Hotch and a couple smiles from him. Are we suddenly seeing a new side to Hotch?

jsb: look for more smiles.....seriously, i was shocked too!

samiam1294: favorite line of the episode???

jsb: fade out...

ShellPalmer: Do you think that Reid and Morgan have fully gotten over the deception of Prentiss' 'death'?

jsb: reid yes...morgan.......not so much.... you'll see...

proofchat: Loved seeing JJ able to get in there more, and be more involved, especially in "Proof". Do you (or any of the writers have plans to give JJ some scenes where AJ can really flex her acting muscles. She does already, but I am always up for more JJ!

jsb: yes, she is back and we plan to really have her go there this season.

masovamari: Why do you think showing so much violence is actually good to the show?

jsb: i think one of the reasons this show is so successful is because it's edgy. sometimes we push the envelope too far but in general it doesn't bother me. does it bother you guys?

Kris: not even a little bit
Reidsgirl9: Doesn't bother me!
paparossi: yes it does bother us i wanted to vomit last night

jsb: really, what did you have for dinner?

ghostturtleneck: YES YES IT BOTHERS UP

jsb: my next episode i will ease up......maybe. it's unfortunate this show is about serial killers, i wish they didn't kill to be serial.

Janie: is it hard to write for a show when the cast is so close on and off screen? or does it make it easier?

jsb: honestly, it's hard to write in general but the fact that this cast is close allows us to have a daily interaction with the actors.

ShellPalmer: Do you think there'll be love on the horizon for any of the characters this season?

jsb: lots even for sergio!

Selly_M: Just want to say how much I appreciated that Reid admitted to the Dilaudid issue. Although we all knew it, it seemed a bit glossed over (I'm sure because he would have lost his job.) But it was great for him to just say it.

jsb: when you are in a 12 step program, you are constantly battling your demons. reid is no different.

gchatter: What episode will you be writing next? Any early ideas?

jsb: im writing ep. 10... and I don't want to give anything away. but it's cooooooool.

Reidsgirl91: How important, would you say, is casting the perfect Unsub?

jsb: it's very important. i've spent the last 22 hours trying to make a deal for an unsub that will freak you out. hoping it works.

audrey: reid and jj were never bff. you don't know your canon

jsb: reid is godfather to jj's child.... my canon rocks!!!

proofchat: As a writer, do you ever write a line and then have the actor deliver it differently than you imagined? (Prentiss's "Reid..." comes to mind after he storms out.) Is it gratifying to have your work interpreted another way or does it catch you by surprise?

jsb: it catches me by surprise but it's the best part of the job.

kitty: Yay to JSB for standing your ground on canon!

Alana: I couldn’t help but notice Reid’s “I had to deal with some stuff with my mom” and “I have a lot going on.” Can we expect to see the show dealing with Reid’s personal problems soon?

jsb: the line explained where reid was during the past three months which we will learn more about later in the season.

temperedsuggestion: For the unsub, did you cast an actor with a developmental disability, or did you have an actor "play dumb"? (Pardon my phrasing).

jsb: andy milder is an amazing actor. check out "weeds" on showtime!
jsb: and that's all acting...

lcm123: Why does Emily seems so ok after all she went through? Are we going to see some of the "scars" of being hiding for months? Or she is ok now?

jsb: she's not okay...

proofchat: For the final scene in Rossi's kitchen, did you write that he cooked spaghetti carbonara or did you leave it open for Joe to interpret and cook what he wanted?

jsb: i wrote carbonara but rossi can cook anything.

elle306: Is Jane Lynch returning as Diana Spencer?!

jsb: wouldn't that be great!

sue5789: are going see hotch scars

jsb: magic eight-ball says "outlook good!"

iandoyle: are there going to continually be "happy endings" at the end of episodes this season? it seems too cheesy and convenient

jsb: no, it's going to get tragic!

swpwallie: Yeah! Team shirtless!

jsb: guess what? hotch can do the butterfly.

Reidsgirl91: how hard is it to write episodes that involve crimes against children?

jsb: not a problem at all. no, seriously, it's difficult.

emily: what was Emily doing when she was 'dead' did she get another job somewhere and try to blend in, or did she just hide in a room for 3 months, or try to follow any news on ian dolye or what?

jsb: we're going to get to this. trust me, it wasn't easy for her.

Selly_M: How hard is it to write Reid and his genuis, random facts? He always makes me laugh with his rambling and then think...damn, the writers had to look this stuff up. haha

jsb: it's super hard. thank god for wikipedia!

saviour: What character dynamic do you think is the most interesting?

jsb: i love rotch!

kitty: Yay ROTCH

littleskittles9: are we going to see kevin lynch again?!?

jsb: garcia would be really mad if we didn't. so would we.

swon: Do all the writers work together on episodes or does each person get a turn? If you take turns, what do you do when it's not "your episode"?

jsb: we are constantly helping to break other writers episodes. im also helping with casting, cutting eps in the editing room, researching, scouting, meetings, giving notes on scripts... we are working all the time. if it's ever 3 in the morning, trust me a CM writer is working.

liedla: What's your favorite episode from before you were a writer?

jsb: the 100th! still makes me cry.

Travis_Mom: Why weren't the other team members told that Prentiss was still alive?

jsb: they couldn't take any chances... her life was at stake.

liedla: Will we ever see Anderson again? He is more than a pretty face, you know.

jsb: yes....

OrkutCM: How many writers have CM?

jsb: 8 writers. all amazing.

Danielle: The 100th was such a powerful episode! Poor poor Hotch.

emily: what types of episodes/scenes are the most fun or hard to write?

jsb: i love delving in to the mind of the unsub. the idea that they are just everyday people, living next to all of us, intrigues me.

swpwallie: Does the moderator show you all the questions asked; and you pick the ones you want to answer? If so, you're pretty daring...not afraid of the tough ones

jsb: yes but there are so many so im just trying to be fair.

KristinaG: I feel as though we've lost the dorky awkward Reid and I miss him! Will we see more dorky rants?

jsb: stay tuned.

gchan: who was your favorite unsub ever?

jsb: all the ones i wrote.

swpwallie: Can you tell us which character is the focus of episode 10?

jsb: hotch is the focus of ep 10 and i truly feel you guys will love where the episode goes. we'll see him in a different light... i hope you guys will root for him! we are!

jsb: thanks for this you guys. trust me when i say you guys are the best fans ever!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

CM Set Report Chat Login Info

For those joining us for our chat with Janine Sherman Barrois, please click on the "chat now" button. The room password is: proofchat

CM Set Report Chat w/Janine Sherman Barrois

Join us for a chat tonight at 6PM PST with Writer and Executive Producer, Janine Sherman Barrois. She will answer your questions about EP7x02 "Proof" as well as her previous episodes and the upcoming season. The chat will last approximately 1 hour and space will be limited.

Please check back at 5:30PM PST for login information and the password. For those of you who can't join us, we will post a transcript for all to read on Friday morning.

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Friday, September 23, 2011

Chat Transcript TG and EM 9-22-11

TG: hello! Thomas here. WE have 107 questions so should we get started?
ECM: Hello everybody!

iceprnce1: Will we see more of the beard?

TG: The beard wishes to be seen, but the razor aint so sure.

a2z: Can we get any hints regarding the JJ/Hotch friendship exploration?

ECM: These two have the most in common as working parents. It's unspoken but strong. They've grown closer in the past few seasons and that will continue.

SnowLeopardLass: Thomas, how does it feel to have The Team back together again?

TG: REunited, and it feels so good...

Gubelette: Where was Reid during the time he wasn't with the unit and how long was he gone?

ECM: You'll find out a bit more in episode 7x02... he's been dealing with his mom...

katharine: Hi Thomas, will hotch be smiling more this season?

TG: Hotch is almost always smiling on the inside…

jennseiler: Sorry about that - My question is for Thomas - are a lot of pranks pulled by the CM cast members? If so, who is the biggest prankster?

TG: there are many pranks and much fun in direct proportion to grimness of the material…and, sometimes I am seen as the Prankster in Chief, but that ain't always the case...

connive: do we get to find out more about strauss? (why she took the leave)

ECM: Yes we do! She's such a great character and we wanted to humanize her a bit more this season and those to come...

paddles0626: Hi! Longtime CM fangirl here This question is for Thomas- what was it like to go from Dharma and Greg- comedy, to CM, which is super-intense? Did you prepare for your roles in different ways?

TG: You know when the writing is so good, as it was on D&G and as it is on CM, then it's easy to prepare…plus, you do your homework...

stucky1513: how upset is Reid with Hotch? will there be a confrontation?

ECM: Expect some kung-fu confrontation! Kidding... each character deals with that "betrayal" in their own way...

Explodingegg: I'd love to know what Mr. G's favorite iPhone apps are

TG: ok, it's not an iOS app, but there's a really cool Mac app called DaisyDisk which scans your hard disk and presents it as an interactive visual map…it's ten bucks (apparently usually twenty) but really great!

Outfitter: Thomas, do you ship MGG and Shemar. You even said they're engaged. and the way they look at each other and take cuddling pictures together

TG: MGG and Shemar ship themselves…!

psych eek: How are you feeling today Erica after such a outstanding response to the first show of Season 7?

ECM: I'm feeling happy for all of us -- we've worked hard to turn this ship around and are looking forward to telling more amazing stories for our heroes!

Explodingegg: Thomas, who were the biggest influences on you growing up - as an actor or in any other way?

TG: As an actor, I feel like I was influenced by everyone I saw…I particularly remember being impressed by Peter Sellars' amazing performances

Avery: Hi there! First of all, congratz on the AMAZING premiere!! My question is if we will see more of Hotch's dimples during the season!! ;)

TG: Dimples are not FBI authorized...

amandazucoloto: Hi! About the socializing moments, are we gonna have one like the bar scene with JJ, Prentiss and Garcia in the second season? That was awesome!!

ECM: We'll have one that's even better! Coming very soon...

giann105: Thomas!!!! What is a typical day on set like??

TG: Typical day in the studio or on location…we show up, rehearse, shoot, have lunch, shoot some more, shoot some more, and then go home, and do it again the next day…

Michelle: Is it me or did Rossi not seemed surprised by Prentiss being alive? Is that something?

ECM: Very good catch, Michelle. Stay tuned... like 6 days away tuned...

freechickennow: Erica, how do you think up new storylines for the show when the show's been going on for so long?

ECM: It's certainly not just me... there's a village of very talented storytellers who help keep it fresh.

katharine: Thomas what is the hardest part about playing hotch?

TG: I think the hardest part of playing hotch is answering questions about what's the hardest part of playing hotch…

gube187: What was your first impression, when you first met Matthew?

TG: Powerful dork When will we learn about what it was like for Emily while she was in hiding?

ECM: She'll reveal a bit of that in the next few episodes.

_iamtb: TG: What do you think of all the crazy ships us cri-minders have? ;)

TG: I think it means that we're doing something right that you're interested in exploring dynamics of different relationships...

Explodingegg: Erica, how do you feel about some of the videos-fan art-fan fiction that people put together? Is it cool to see that stuff on YouTube? Or do things like "copyright infringement" pop in your head? (personally I love that stuff)

ECM: The videos are amazing! I love to see how our show is seen and loved by so many people in so many countries. The ones with humor (ie: the friends theme song) make me laugh out loud

Christine_Druesne: Thomas, Would do you like to do a stage play again in Broadway ?

TG: I miss doing plays and hope to get back to doing theater work soon…anywhere!!!

laurapotterxx: Will we get to see more of Jack/Henry this season? We miss them!!

ECM: We sure will!

_iamtb: TG...what's your all time favorite Beatles song?

TG: today, it might be A Day in the Life...

laurapotterxx: Hey there Erica! Is there a video game for CM out/to be coming out? Are you the wrong person to ask??

ECM: It's in the works. TG saw a screen cap in France. Will ask around and get an answer by next week's chat!

criminal musings: Thomas, does anyone roll their eyes when you get out your phone and start asking them to pose for pictures?

TG: yes, that's why I try to take candid snaps…

_prentiss: Thomas, do people ever wonder why you take pictures of feet.. every Tuesday?

TG: it has become TTFT tradition, but I reserve the right to post phoot photos on phridays or anyday…

Kris: What can you tell us about the new writers CM has this season?

ECM: There's 3 new writers who've joined our team of 8 this season. They're seasoned and talented and love our show which makes this season the best yet.

gchan: Thomas, do you think you can convince Shemar to start tweeting? since you are the twitter king! :)

TG: I don't think it's possible to convince Shamboogie to do anything he doesn't want to…!

Rensomnia: I love how the both of you are so incredibly available to your fans (Twitter, chats like this, Facebook pages, etc). How do you manage the time to do all this?

TG: Since it's relatively easy to post via phone, etc., it's pretty easy to find the minute or two to do it!

ECM: One time Hotch said, he gives 100% at work and 100% when he's home. We do the same. We're lucky to do what we love for a living and the fans are a HUGE reason we're here right now chatting with you lovely folks.

SheilaMarie: Thomas, t'etait excellent ce lundi !! C'etait l'idee a qui?

TG: C'etait une idee de Chuck Lorre!

criminal musings: Thomas, do you skype with your kiddos every day like Hotch did with Jack? (So glad Jack got a mention by the way! Thank you Erica!)

TG: As long as we're shooting in a spot with a signal, I try to do it every day...

swpwallie: Thomas, how was the party last night? Did you prepare any of the food? Or was it pizza and beer?

TG: It was a great party, and maybe made better by the fact that I left the cooking to professionals…!

_iamtb: You all realize how much we love and appreciate this cast/crew right? :D

ECM: You are not alone! This is, by far, the greatest group of people I've ever worked with. We're truly a family. We have good and bad days but always work through it.

CheetoBreath: Thomas, how many times do you hit the snooze button? LOL

TG: After the party last night, I did hit it a few times this morning!

Bailey: Thomas, which episode is your all time favorite?

TG: How can you choose among your children?

heleena_barzel: are you laughing about all this questions ?

TG: We might giggle a little about some of them!

TG: For a little turnabout, can I ask a question? If Hotch were included in nicepeter's Epic Battles of Rap…who would he battle???


thecowboycliche: Foyet?

shaan: Chuck norris
criminallymindless: Dharma Montgomery! :)
katharine: Bond
Heidi: It doesn't matter, because according to Jack, "Nobody beats Daddy!" :)
raisadaxx: agent mulder and scully
shandendoah: charlie sheen
gchan: Optimus Prime? LOL

criminallymindless: Erica, what is your favorite part of starting a brand new season?

ECM: Looking at where we've been and where we can go with the heroes we all know and love. It was obvious that there are many, many more stories to tell and that was exciting.

Alex: Is chatting with fans a fun way to spend a Thursday night?

TG: oh yeah!

rcaponetto: How do you get your hair to look so awesome?

TG: Juilliard, and a wee dab o' product…

cmwonderlady: Will next week's chat also be with you two?

ECM: We've got a 24 episode order this season and the plan is for you to chat with all of the writers after their eps air. Would also love for you guys to get to see more behind-the-scenes which is why we started @cm_setreport

_iamtb: I hope my Biology teacher accepts that I do not have my work done because I decided to chat with the lovelies, EM and TG.


ECM: says the dad! Do it NOW, says the mom!

pise7en: Hi Thomas! How do you feel about wearing ties every day? Thanks!

TG: a little choked up...

a: What question do you get the most?

TG: it's all about the feet...

gchan: Thomas, can we get a WHEELS UP? :P



TG: ………………………..up

ECM: Thanks for the love everybody!

TG: thanks…g'night!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

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CM Set Report Chat w/TG and EM

Hey all,

Join us for a chat tonight at 6PM PST with Thomas Gibson and Erica Messer.  They will answer your questions about the show, the season and last night's season premiere!  The chat will last approximately 1 hour and space will be limited.

Please check back at 5:30PM PST for login information and the password.  For those of you who can't join Thomas and Erica for a live chat, we will post a transcript for all to read on Friday morning.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

CM_SetReport Twitter Chat w/Erica Messer 9/21

What was that first day back with everyone together again like for everybody? <3

@CM_SetReport - Erica Messer [ecm]
ecm: rewarding! there's nothing like having your whole family together. biggest smiles we've had for a long time!

will there still be serial killers or will they be toning it down a bit in this season?

ecm: we'll have a mix of all types... most will be serial offenders.

For Erica - I hope not, but are there any plans to pair up any team members romantically?

ecm: that's one of the most asked questions we get! we'll be exploring the intensity of the friendships both on and off the case cont...
ecm: but there are no plans for our team member's kissing... some people are okay with hugs :)

Can we delve more deeply into how each member copes with the stress of the job? More family drama (GOOD & bad), too?

ecm: yes, we're trying to be as realistic about the demands of the job and how it affects everyone.

Heard there was going to be a big Reid arc this season. Know she's busy with Glee but will the wonderful Jane Lynch be back?

ecm: we'd LOVE to have Jane come over to play at our house! fingers crossed...

What vision does [Erica] have for the show over the upcoming years?

ecm: i'd love to reveal more about our heroes. each episode this season will do that... and it's a trend that should continue forever

@BrigitteCMFan TB
My question to Erica: what's in store for Hotch this season?

ecm: you'll see Hotch in a different light... he's a complex hero and we'll be exploring more layers of what makes him tick

What's [Erica's] favourite CM episode and why?

ecm: that's like choosing between my children! i have to say the premiere is close to my heart -- the biggest victory of all. our family!

Will we see more moments of the team socialising outside of the office? :)

ecm: we will!

@RobbyGT RobbyGT
Question, Do you guys actually film in DC/MD/VA where a lot of the show takes place??

ecm: oh my god, i love you! we don't, but our amazing crew sure makes it look like we do... all los angeles, all the time :)

What happened to Rossi's Marine Corps background story? Will we see it in Season 7?

ecm: you'll hear some more about it in episode 703 written by the talented Sharon Lee Watson.

@HotchBeard SSA Hotchner's Beard
are you #TeamBeard or #TeamRazor?

ecm: when i saw tg w/beard this summer i wanted everyone to see it so wrote to it! glad there's a following... #tie

@BonesTvFanatic Ivana ♥
where are you chatting live from?

ecm: the writers' room!

question for erica messer.....did you ever think in your wildest dreams the show would be this popular

ecm: we've had our heads down, doing the work for seven years. the fact that it's seen around the world will always blow my mind!

Will There Be More Baby Henry? :D

ecm: YES! look for him in episode 7x07 written by the brilliant Virgil Williams!

What's it like to work with such an amazing cast?

ecm: it makes coming to work each day a gift! they make us look good!!! and they're the nicest group i've ever worked with :)

How is everyone going to react to Emily's return?

ecm: each in their own way... we stayed true to each character. you'll see more tonight! if you're in the states...

@CriminalHist0ry Historyo5
Why don't we see more promos with ladies of CM? I love the boys very much! But the girls are integral to the how as well! THKS

ecm: agreed! they are AMAZING!

@valia214 Valentina
for erica: did u go to the meet & greet in laguna? were u surprised at how many people were there? did any1 recognize u?

ecm: i did! when i saw the LONG LINE i snapped a picture. loved how many fans turned out. @kqorr0103 said hello and 3 young fans! :)

does JJ family life have some of the same difficulty Aaron had or can she handle it better because Will knows what to expect?

ecm: working parents have that bond -- but each relationship is different so the challenges will be, too.

What can criminal minds fans look forward to this season? ;)

ecm: insights into each character's life... we meet 1 of rossi's ex-wives, explore hotch's life & deal with the repercussions re: prentiss

how long does it take you guys to do an episode?

ecm: prep w/director is 7 days, shooting is 8, post varies 2-3 weeks and then you see it!

How did you find my video that aired during the Panel Center?

ecm: you're video was wonderful! TG showed it to me and we wanted everyone to see it! will post the link shortly!

what's more Important hw or criminal minds?

ecm: the mom in me says homework. the producer in me says #criminalminds !!

@SpecialAgentBoo Agent Boo
ok, one more question! How often do you guys do events outside of CA?

ecm: it's rare during our shooting season but in the hiatus our cast travels the world! hoping to attend #sdcc next summer!!

Will Morgan be keeping his office this season? How about JJ?
ecm: he will. she won't. stay tuned!

what are the chances the show will be on demand or online for viewers unable to watch as it airs?

ecm: it's a co-production so it's always been tricky. we're finally on iTunes!

#criminalminds can we hope to see any romance for some of the cast members this season?

ecm: yep and i'd tell you more but you didn't ask with who!!! wait and see...

Are you taking over the CM chats for this year?

ecm: every thurs (sched permit) courtesy of our first chat is tomorrow w/ @Gibsonthomas deets 2 follow

Do the cast [members] choose what outfits they're going to wear or [does] someone decide for them? Thanks!

ecm: BJ Rogers leads our talented group of costumers & is responsible for all the fantastic outfits u c.@CM_SetReport vid coming soon

Ay, caramba! So excited for tonight!!! Any more teasers about what will happen in the first episode??

ecm: sergio's fate will be revealed!! as will our team's... make sure to watch tonight @ 9pm EST/PST on CBS! come to our chat tomorrow!
That's all the time we have with Erica. Be sure to follow @ajcookofficial as she live tweets the east coast feed tonight. #criminalminds
Don't forget Erica Messer will be answering your Q's tomorrow at 1pm pacific. Post your questions now to  
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