Friday, April 20, 2012
CM_SetReport Chat Transcript for Executive Producer Erica Messer 04-19-12
Erica Messer: Hellllllloooo Everyone!
swon: If that's Erica in the chat room, in one sentence how would you describe this season of CM now that's it's almost over :(
EM: I'm glad you said one sentence and not one word!
jjisthebest: HELLO ERICA!
marissalynn: Hi Erica!
SSA_BreAnna_CM: Hi, Erica!!! :) ♥
EM: It's been a fun, fast, efficient, bittersweet season filled with wonderful surprises from our amazing characters and writers.
Marbs84: Will we find out in the next episode why Prentiss is leaving?
EM: We will... and that's the most bittersweet part of our year. We're all very supportive of Paget and that will come across on the screen as the team will be supportive of Prentiss. I can't say more or I'll get sad.
allyse: Erica, just wanted to say I've never been more excited for a season finale! Not since Buffy the Vampire Slayer! You guys are great.
EM: Thanks, Allyse!!! We're excited for you all to see it. It's for the fans, without a doubt. Thanks for letting me be the warm up act for AJ! She's in the middle of a scene right now... hang on tight!
jareau: Hi erica how is the season finale going !!!
EM: The finale is going amazingly well, thanks! You guys are in for a treat. The team at their finest!!!!
I_Heart_BadassJJ: What is it like to work with AJ?
EM: AJ has always been so lovely and it's been a lot of fun to write for her this season especially since she's back and better than ever.
Genagizyo: When will we find out who is getting married?
EM: On May 16th!!!
SmileyGidget: Did you guys have fun watching all of our crazy fan videos?! I hope they made you all laugh and you enjoyed watching them as much as we enjoyed making them! :)
EM: Those videos are FANtastic! The writers and actors voted but you're all winners in our book. Truly, truly impressive. Thanks for participating.
bau-badasses: Is the two hour season finale both episode 23 and 24 or is episode 24 2 hours long?
EM: Ep 23 is 9-10pm and 24 is 10-11pm... Rick wrote 23 & I wrote 24
LornaD: What's happening in the scene that AJ's in the middle of?
EM: It's the beginning of episode 24 and she's looking in a bank... hmmmm....
SSA-Prentiss: What are you most excited for the fans to see in the finale?
EM: I'm happy for you to see the characters in their down-time. The opening of 23 is ridiculously great and I hope the end of 24 has you smiling... and crying... and then smiling again.
Daisy: Hey, Its early - well late here almost 2.30am.But whats it like working with all the extras ect in the final episodes?
EM: it's been so much fun to have all of the familiar faces back to play again in these last two episodes. it's like a family reunion! that crazy cousin who makes you laugh... is nic brendan and the aunt who makes you nervous is strauss!
catherine: What's it like working with the kids in the show considering the show is so dark?
EM: We try to limit what they see and hear... they're usually not in the cast read thrus because they don't need to know all of the darkness we know about. On screen we work hard to protect them in the same way.
Tracey_Lane: Hi Erica, I am glad you are here. When will the final day of shooting be for season 7?
EM: Happy to be here. We wrap on 4/23 and everyone will get a nice break.
Sydney: What's the worst/best thing about your job?
EM: Hmmm. That's tough. The worst is managing time. Every night I think, dammit. I didn't return that email or that phone call. The best is seeing this show come alive and knowing that all of you like to come here and chat about the world we've all created. Watching our hard working crew get through a day is remarkable. They are the true heroes of this series.
Glitzy_Ash: What city does the team travel to in the finale
EM: We're close to home. Washington, D.C.
aj_cook_fan: Who has worked the longest on Criminal Minds?
EM: Thomas, Shemar, Matthew and Kirsten were on the pilot... it shot in Vancouver so most of our crew & the writers started on episode 2. Dunkle and I are the last of the writers office to say we survived all seven seasons so far. Also, Gigi Bannon was on the pilot. She's our post producer. And Mark Gordon, of course :)
Constantine: Do you know if Nic Brendan and Juliet Landau got to see each other? Like a little Buffy reuniuon?
EM: They didn't... weren't in any scenes together for MGG's ep.
JJHotchner: Will Jack and Henry meet in the finale?
EM: Happy to say they will! Although, they've met before so it'll be like old friends getting together :) Off-screen meeting, that is :)
Ella_Steele: What was it like Having Gubler as director from the producer stand point?
EM: MGG's a ridiculously great director and is so passionate about it, it's truly contagious. His episodes usually come when we're all exhausted and he brings a fresh energy to the cast & crew.
erbear23: Will there be a season 8?
EM: YES! Happy to say we've been ordered for 22 episodes. If there are more to come, we'll let you know!
clarissa: Will the entire cast be shooting on the last day?
EM: Everyone EXCEPT AJ will be here on the last day. I'm bummed she's missing it because we're doing a Gubbie Awards and Talent Show combo! Should be a lot of fun!
Natalieee: A lot of the cast and crew have Twitter, are you not tempted to join?
EM: I live vicariously through them! Waiting on production, guys. Sorry! Hang in there for AJ!
MattyBangBang: Will there be more team and less UnSub in season 8?
EM: It's funny because I think we've learned more about our team this season than ever before -- but I know what you mean. During the case, you're looking for more team/less UnSub and I must say it depends on the story. There are times the UnSub's journey is so twisted, we stay in their world longer. We started down that path years ago since the show is called Criminal Minds, we thought it was worth exploring those minds!
Genagizyo: Do you guys have like an end of the season party?
EM: We do this year! It's always nice to see everyone let loose and have fun without having to worry about work.
NaatsRdgz: Did you ever think the show would be this successful when you first start shooting ?
EM: We all hoped it would, but sitting in a windowless room in Culver City all those years ago, none of us knew just how popular this series would be. It's a hit around the world and that just goes to show you that scary stories are universal -- just like a campfire story. We keep trying to keep you all entertained while also teaching all of us to be aware of the world around us and be smart when you're alone, etc...
Natalieee: You're not a fan of inter-office relationships are you? What about one less show-changing like Strauss and Rossi?
EM: Most shows have a difficult time recovering from such a intimate pairing up, but you should stay tuned for 23 & 24...
FluffyJJ: Erica, what was the most challenging episode you have ever written?
EM: This season's premiere in a lot of ways. There was so much story to get in there and there were a lot of eyeballs on that script! Some of the other challenging ones involve the dark material.
purpletapir: how do you feel about the new JJ ? do you like her more, or less than liaison JJ?
EM: I like her MORE! She was restricted in a lot of ways before but now she's all over the place and AJ's so ready for that challenge that it's coming through in JJ.
MoniqueYoung: When will season 8 begin?
EM: The writers will start in early June, production in July and we'll air mid-Sept. Will keep you posted on those dates!