A.J. Cook, Paget Brewster, more celebrate 'Criminal Minds' episode 200
Many familiar faces were on the set of "Criminal Minds" earlier this week to celebrate the show's 200th episode including star A.J. Cook and former co-star Paget Brewster.
OTRC.com and "On The Red Carpet" show correspondent Karl Schmid was on the set of the show earlier this week for the celebration and talked other cast members like Kirsten Vangsness, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Thomas Gibson and Joe Mantegna. Video from the set visit can be viewed above.
The series is about a team of profilers from the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit and is currently in its ninth season.
"I couldn't say no. It's the 200th and I love everyone here," Brewster, whose character Emily Prentiss left the team at the end of season 7, said about her return to the set. "It's great to be back. They're still like my family. We [points to Cook] see each other more than I get to see the crew."
"A lot of cheese plates have happened right here," Cook added.
Cook also shed some insight into the 200th episode.
"Basically we could not tell this story without bringing back Emily Prentiss," Cook said. "We're sort of explaining what my character, J.J., was up to during that sixth season where she went away for a little bit to work for [air quotes] the State Department."
"So yeah, it's an action-packed episode and it's going to be really interesting how all these other characters come into play and the whole family's back together again," she added.
Gubler and Tripplehorn joked about what else the 200th episode could feature."We've got 70 cast members in it, it feels like, we have a lot of fun, a lot of spy stuff," he said. "A lot of ghosts, a lot of dead people ... seances, hope you like seances ... zombies."
The show started 2005 with Mandy Patinkin in one of the main roles. Patinkin exited the series early in the third season. Vangsness and Moore talked about how much they missed him for the episode.
"The only one we're missing, and I miss him, I miss Mandy Patinkin," Moore said. "I miss Mandy Patinkin and he did so much for us to get this thing started, but with his departure we got Joe Mantegna and he's such a great man."
"Criminal Minds" airs on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on CBS. The 200th episode is set to air on Feb. 5, 2014.
Reporting by Karl Schmid, correspondent for the nationally syndicated entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings). The series is produced by KABC Television near Los Angeles.