Criminal Minds: BuddyTV Fall 2007 Preview
Criminal Minds: BuddyTV Fall 2007 Preview
Premiere Date and Time: Wednesday, September 26, 9pm

Network: CBS

Time Slot Competition: Private Practice, Bionic Woman, Kitchen Nightmares, Gossip Girl

Cast: Joe Mantegna, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, AJ Cook, Thomas Gibson, Kirsten Vangsness, Paget Brewster

There's no question that Criminal Minds has been plagued by drama and scandal during the off season.  In July, cast member Shemar Moore received 36 months probation after an alcohol-related speeding incident.  The biggest controversy came when star Mandy Patinkin was abruptly dropped from the show at the end of season 2.  Everyone claimed creative differences but fans were left confused and upset.  Patinkin played FBI profile Jackie Gideon on the show.

Screen star Joe Mantegna will be stepping in for season 3 of Criminal Minds in Patinkin's place.  He will be playing retired FBI special agent David Rossi who has decided to return to work.  Mantegna will not appear on the show until the fifth episode.  The season 3 premiere will actually be a previously unaired episode from last season that was yanked at the time for being too similar to the Virgina Tech killings.  For those unfamiliar with the show, Criminal Minds is about a group of FBI agents who try to anticipate criminals' next moves before they can strike again.  When it premieres, it will be the only returning series to air Wednesdays at 9pm.

Get all the scoop and features on the Fall 2007 new and returning shows at BuddyTV's Fall TV Guide >>

- Gina Scarpa, BuddyTV
(Photo courtesy of CBS)