- Question: I know from reading your articles that you are not a fan of Criminal Minds. That being said, I wanted to ask your opinion of the decision to get rid of Paget Brewster. I am assuming it was the show letting her go, and not her desire to leave. I thought I had read at the beginning of this season, probably in TV Guide, that they were getting rid of A.J. Cook entirely, but were only cutting down the number of episodes that Paget Brewster was going to be in, not taking her off the show. It came as a shock to me to hear that this week will be her final episode. I have checked a number of websites where people are commenting that this was a surprise to them as well, and they will stop watching the show after her final episode, and I am inclined to stop watching as well. Do you think that CBS is going to alienate the fans of the show by getting rid of her, especially considering she is the second female character? — Eric
- Matt Roush: The thing about formula TV (and no genre of TV is more formulaic than the crime-drama procedural) is that change is almost never embraced by the loyal fan. My e-mailbag will attest that no one seems happy about the changes on Criminal Minds this season, but as a show gets long in the tooth, cast comings and goings are almost an inevitability, whether for creative or personal or economic reasons. The good news for fans of Paget Brewster is that she's already lined up a comedy pilot for next season — and as a fan of hers dating back at least to Andy Richter Controls the Universe, I'm thinking comedy really is her sweet spot. (Also good news for Criminal Minds fans is that A.J. Cook is returning this week as part of the Prentiss exit storyline.) Do I think that these changes will prove fatal for Criminal Minds? Not likely. People often say they'll break up with a show over matters like this, but experience shows they rarely do.
This says it all! Except the Xena part.