Teases the 'Criminal Minds' Season 13 Finale: 'It's a Really Fun Cliffhanger' – BuddyTV (blog)

Criminal Minds season 13 is ending with two back-to-back episodes, and while the first is your run-of-the-mill case, the season finale will see the team trying to figure out what they can and cannot believe from an FBI agent, series star Kirsten Vangsness teased.  

Read on for part 2 of BuddyTV’s interview with Vangsness for hints about the finale and its cliffhanger, her thoughts on Barnes reassigning Garcia to Cyber Crimes and what’s been hardest about writing episodes.

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BuddyTV: Next week is the double-episode season finale. What can you preview about the cases?

“It’s so cool. We have the neatest guest stars on this one. I’m so excited about it. James Urbaniak is in it. A lot of things happen. …

“The first one [‘Mixed Signals’], we go to New Mexico. It’s your classic, all the favorite things that you like in a Criminal Minds episode about things being gross and scary.

“Then the second episode [‘Believer’], one of our agents in the FBI is locked up, and we are having to determine if he’s the bad guy or not. We’ve got Karen David in the season finale from Galavant and James Urbaniak from so many different things. It’s a Breen Frazier episode and it’s so good and ends in a cliffhanger. … I can tell you that I worked a lot of days for that last episode, so if that gives any indication. All of us worked a lot during that last episode. It was really fun, and I think it’s a really fun cliffhanger.

“And what’s so cool and amazing and magical is that it’s episode 299, so I can’t even believe that. I’m the luckiest person in the world.”

Can you say if Garcia is involved in the cliffhanger? Because last year, almost everyone else was in the car crash and then there was Garcia and Reid.

“That’s true. You’re making a really good point. [Laughs] I can’t tell you, but that is interesting that everyone else was involved in that cliffhanger. That’s all I can say.

“But it was really fun to do. This has been a really fun season. Just a lot of neat stuff. A lot of outside the box stuff that was really fun to play around with. All of us have had a blast this season.”

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The team just went through a rough time with Barnes trying to restructure the BAU. When Barnes reassigned Garcia to Cyber Crimes, she called out her loyalty to the team, but it wasn’t a good thing in her mind. Was that the worst reason she could have given for the move? Was it the worst place to send her, where there weren’t immediate, permanent results?

“Oh yeah, it was terrible. And also, she doesn’t have the agency that she usually does. And then on top of it, she has to answer to somebody who doesn’t trust her? She’s sort of a master of her own domain usually and I think works well without really being told what to do. She’s given a problem, and then she solves the problem.

“She has nothing but loyalty. She couldn’t not do that. She’s so a creature of habit. She loves where she works and she loves the people. … She has her rituals and her things and what she’s committed to, and that’s just how she is, and it’s not going to shift. So, when someone points that out, it’s like, ‘How do you cut off one of your own arms?’ She can’t do that.

“I mean I can tell you just playing that character, putting on the clothes, the other clothes that were so not Garcia, it was hard on her. She doesn’t like that. It’s not fun.”

And she could only have three personal items on her desk.

“Yeah. It’s not good for her. And in order for her to function, to do this job, she needs all these workarounds, and they kind of took away all the workarounds and she couldn’t be herself. She’s one of those people that if you took away all of that flair, she doesn’t know who she is.”

Can you talk about how Criminal Minds has taken time to show us how strong the female friendships are on the team? Something I’ve enjoyed is that even though the show doesn’t spend too much time on the agents’ personal lives, we still get moments showing that these people do like to spend time with each other off the clock.

“Yeah, the writers have a lot of work to do. They have to set up a crime and set up relationships and do all those things. There’s stuff that they don’t think about. I think the relationships of certain people, we have those relationships independent of the show, and as characters, we have different kinds of relationships.

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“It’s fun because as you’re doing a scene, a roundtable scene or something, and I don’t know, J.J. is distraught about something and Garcia sees it, as actors, you really want to sort of support your fellow people you’re doing a thing with. So, someone might make a face or do a move or do a thing, and you see it and you want to support it and kind of be like, ‘I see you doing this.’ Even if it’s not in the lines, we end up doing stuff like that, and then when they edit the show, they find these little moments and then they stick some in. Then what happens is one of the writers watches that episode and says, ‘Oh, that’s cool, look at that,’ and then they write a little line in. That’s sort of how that stuff builds.

“We’re all so interested in supporting each other as characters and making the most out of the moments that we have with each other. I think that’s a co-creation of everybody. I certainly have different relationships with those three women off-screen, but the thing that is in common is that we’re incredibly close to each other and incredibly supportive, but it’s just a different thing. It’s lovely that they do that because it’s super easy. Each one of them are so individual and smart and kind that it’s kind of amazing to think that there are so many different ways to be smart and kind and wonderful. I would say that all three women that I work with, really all the people I work with, but especially my girls, are like that.”

Can you talk a bit about writing episodes? Was one of them more challenging?  

“Whatever I’m writing feels like the hardest thing to write, and I hate it, and I have decided that I don’t know how to write and I’m terrible at it. So, every time is hard.

“I would say that the first time we wrote, when we wrote ‘Nelson’s Sparrow,’ what was hard about it — every episode me and Erica [Messer] have written together, we’ve had these constraints around it. So, with ‘Nelson’s Sparrow,’ we had to talk about the death of Gideon without showing or having Gideon the character there, unless we did flashbacks.

“And then when we did ‘A Beautiful Disaster,’ we had to do it knowing that we had to put these things in the episode. There had to be that his wife shot. It had to be that he was leaving the show, that these are the things that have to be there.

“And then when we did Matthew’s episode, we knew in the middle of that thing, of ‘Spencer,’ we knew that it had to start this arc and all of the things that had to be in it.

“So, I would say in terms of ease, the one we did this year was easier in a different way, because with ‘Full-Tilt Boogie,’ we didn’t have any rules. We didn’t have to do something within the show that had to happen that would then support the rest of the season. We could just write a good episode. Erica had originally said, ‘I want to write an episode about the opiate crisis,’ so the trick became, how do you write it and make the opiate situation the UnSub without completely demonizing the human beings that are participating in all the nonsense? So, I would say that this one was probably ‘easier,’ but it’s never easy when you do it. When it’s done, you’re like, ‘Oh, it’s done, that wasn’t that bad.'”

Criminal Minds season 13 airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on CBS. Want more news? Like our Criminal Minds Facebook page.

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DOJ: Michael Cohen 'under criminal investigation' – CNNPolitics – CNN

Michael Cohen facilitated $1.6 million payment on behalf of GOP fundraiserMichael Cohen facilitated $1.6 million payment on behalf of GOP fundraiser
The revelation comes amid a courtroom drama that unfolded Friday, as Cohen’s attorneys and Trump’s attorneys began a fight hours before with the US Attorney’s Office in Manhattan over a massive raid of Cohen’s records.
Cohen’s attorneys have filed a temporary restraining order in the matter, asking the court to stop federal prosecutors from using some of the records they seized. Cohen did not appear in court Friday morning and has not been charged with a crime.
In response to Cohen’s motion to prevent prosecutors from using evidence collected in Monday’s raids of his home and office, the US attorney in New York asserted the raids were authorized by a federal judge to seek evidence of conduct “for which Cohen is under criminal investigation.”
A court filing did not detail what Cohen is under investigation for.
But the filing contains the first details released by the Justice Department on the searches, which covered Cohen’s residence, hotel room, office, safety deposit boxes and two cell phones. Previous search warrants allowed New York federal prosecutors to search multiple email accounts, the filing said. In them, they found that Cohen had done “little to no legal work, and that zero emails were exchanged with President Trump.”
The prosecutors assert that they have confidence that any seized material would not fall under the significant amount of attorney-client privilege that Cohen has claimed. They said Cohen has told at least one witness that his only client was Trump.
The prosecutors noted Cohen had personally not turned over any documents to Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel investigation. Initially, Mueller had requested some records from Cohen while he was with the Trump family company — a position he held for about a decade — yet dropped the request after Cohen pushed back. Mueller’s office referred the case about his business dealings to New York but hasn’t been involved since, the Manhattan prosecutors said.
Monday’s raids included a search for communications related to efforts to suppress negative information ahead of the election, including communications that Trump had with Cohen regarding the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape that captured Trump making lewd remarks about women that surfaced a month before the election, CNN reported this week.
It also potentially involved records related to porn star Stormy Daniels, who was paid $130,000 weeks before the election to silence an alleged affair she had with Trump. Records related to Cohen’s taxi medallion business were also sought.
FBI may have seized recorded conversations from Trump's attorneyFBI may have seized recorded conversations from Trump's attorney
Prosecutors say they’ve set up what’s known as a “taint team” or “filter team” to review Cohen’s documents so nothing they seized is used improperly or breaches client confidentiality.
Each search warrant specifically describes how records seized that may fall into attorney-client privilege will be filtered out by a team that’s walled off from the federal agents who have conducted the investigation, the prosecutors wrote.
Once they’ve reviewed the records, the filter team can give to the investigators communications “between Cohen and persons with whom Cohen undisputedly does not have an attorney-client relationship,” likely meaning the records wouldn’t be between Cohen and Trump, prosecutors said. The filter team is working from a list of individuals and companies they’ve compiled regarding people who aren’t Cohen’s legal clients.
Cohen’s lawyers, for their part, have asked to review the material for themselves, a proposal which the Manhattan prosecutors are fighting.
The Southern District of New York prosecutors also heard from Trump Organization lawyers, who want them to throw out all communication between Cohen, the company and its employees.
Following the hearing Friday, the court matter is on pause until 4 pm.
Joanna Hendon, a new lawyer for Trump who appeared in court, said her law firm, Spears & Imes LLP, was engaged by Trump on Wednesday and she was “not prepared” to present her argument.
The Justice Department is asking for a so-called taint team to vet the material seized in the raids Monday, as is standard process. Cohen’s lawyer is asking for the lawyers themselves to review the material or a “special master” to decide what is relevant to the case, and Hendon is concerned about a taint team or however the material is handled.
On Monday, Cohen’s attorney called the searches “completely inappropriate and unnecessary.”
“It resulted in the unnecessary seizure of protected attorney client communications between a lawyer and his client,” attorney Stephen Ryan said in the statement.
Michael Avenatti, a lawyer for Stormy Daniels, also made an appearance at the hearing. In a footnote in its filing, the prosecutors expressed doubt that any communications between Trump and Cohen regarding a payoff to Daniels before the election would be covered under attorney-client privilege. They cited the President’s own comments.
“Among other things, President Trump has publicly denied knowing that Cohen paid Clifford, and suggested to reporters that they had to “ask Michael” about the payment,” the footnote argues, citing a story by CNN’s Kevin Liptak.
This story has been updated.

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These are the fugitives on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted list — and how they got there

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The FBI’s 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list is constantly changing. On April 12, the bureau added a new name.

The 10 men on the list today are wanted for murder, racketeering, and theft. The FBI is offering $100,000 rewards for information leading to their arrest — and details on one man are worth up to $20 million.

People drop off the list if they are captured, dismissed of criminal charges, or no longer fit the FBI’s description as someone with “a lengthy record of committing serious crimes and/or considered a particularly dangerous menace to society.”

When vacancies exist, the Criminal Investigative Division of the FBI asks its various field offices around the country to submit nominations for prospective additions. FBI executives ultimately approve who makes the top 10.

Here’s who is on the list and how they got there.

SEE ALSO: The FBI just put the ‘narco of narcos’ on its 10 Most Wanted list

SEE ALSO: There’s one other person connected to the Mueller probe the FBI targeted as aggressively as Michael Cohen

Robert Fisher, added in June 2002, $100,000 reward

In 2001, Fisher allegedly killed his wife and two children, then blew up their house in Scottsdale, Arizona, according to the FBI.

The Bureau says Fisher is physically fit, and has a noticeable gold crown on his upper left first bicuspid tooth.

“He may walk with an exaggerated erect posture and his chest pushed out due to a lower back injury.”

Fisher can be seen walking and carrying one of his children before committing the alleged massacre in this very grainy video from 2001.

Alexis Flores, added in June 2007, $100,000 reward

Flores is wanted for his alleged involvement in the kidnapping and murder of a 5-year-old girl in Philadelphia.

She was reported missing in July of 2000, and later found strangled to death in a nearby apartment that August.

He has scars on his right cheek and forehead, according to the FBI.

Jason Derek Brown, added in December 2007, $200,000 reward

Brown is wanted on charges of murder and armed robbery in Phoenix, Arizona. In 2004, he allegedly shot and killed an armored-car guard outside a movie theater and then fled with the money.

Brown, a Mormon, speaks fluent French and has a masters degree in international business.

He “enjoys being the center of attention and has been known to frequent nightclubs where he enjoys showing off his high-priced vehicles, boats, and other toys,” according to the FBI.

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Kirsten Vangsness Teases the 'Criminal Minds' Season 13 Finale … – BuddyTV (blog)

Criminal Minds season 13 is ending with two back-to-back episodes, and while the first is your run-of-the-mill case, the season finale will see the team trying to figure out what they can and cannot believe from an FBI agent, series star Kirsten Vangsness teased.  

Read on for part 2 of BuddyTV’s interview with Vangsness for hints about the finale and its cliffhanger, her thoughts on Barnes reassigning Garcia to Cyber Crimes and what’s been hardest about writing episodes.

Daniel Henney Says ‘No One Is Going to Be Able to Predict’ the Criminal Minds Season Finale Twist>>>

BuddyTV: Next week is the double-episode season finale. What can you preview about the cases?

“It’s so cool. We have the neatest guest stars on this one. I’m so excited about it. James Urbaniak is in it. A lot of things happen. …

“The first one [‘Mixed Signals’], we go to New Mexico. It’s your classic, all the favorite things that you like in a Criminal Minds episode about things being gross and scary.

“Then the second episode [‘Believer’], one of our agents in the FBI is locked up, and we are having to determine if he’s the bad guy or not. We’ve got Karen David in the season finale from Galavant and James Urbaniak from so many different things. It’s a Breen Frazier episode and it’s so good and ends in a cliffhanger. … I can tell you that I worked a lot of days for that last episode, so if that gives any indication. All of us worked a lot during that last episode. It was really fun, and I think it’s a really fun cliffhanger.

“And what’s so cool and amazing and magical is that it’s episode 299, so I can’t even believe that. I’m the luckiest person in the world.”

Can you say if Garcia is involved in the cliffhanger? Because last year, almost everyone else was in the car crash and then there was Garcia and Reid.

“That’s true. You’re making a really good point. [Laughs] I can’t tell you, but that is interesting that everyone else was involved in that cliffhanger. That’s all I can say.

“But it was really fun to do. This has been a really fun season. Just a lot of neat stuff. A lot of outside the box stuff that was really fun to play around with. All of us have had a blast this season.”

Criminal Minds Season 13 Spoilers: An Agent’s Bizarre Story and a Finale Cliffhanger>>>

The team just went through a rough time with Barnes trying to restructure the BAU. When Barnes reassigned Garcia to Cyber Crimes, she called out her loyalty to the team, but it wasn’t a good thing in her mind. Was that the worst reason she could have given for the move? Was it the worst place to send her, where there weren’t immediate, permanent results?

“Oh yeah, it was terrible. And also, she doesn’t have the agency that she usually does. And then on top of it, she has to answer to somebody who doesn’t trust her? She’s sort of a master of her own domain usually and I think works well without really being told what to do. She’s given a problem, and then she solves the problem.

“She has nothing but loyalty. She couldn’t not do that. She’s so a creature of habit. She loves where she works and she loves the people. … She has her rituals and her things and what she’s committed to, and that’s just how she is, and it’s not going to shift. So, when someone points that out, it’s like, ‘How do you cut off one of your own arms?’ She can’t do that.

“I mean I can tell you just playing that character, putting on the clothes, the other clothes that were so not Garcia, it was hard on her. She doesn’t like that. It’s not fun.”

And she could only have three personal items on her desk.

“Yeah. It’s not good for her. And in order for her to function, to do this job, she needs all these workarounds, and they kind of took away all the workarounds and she couldn’t be herself. She’s one of those people that if you took away all of that flair, she doesn’t know who she is.”

Can you talk about how Criminal Minds has taken time to show us how strong the female friendships are on the team? Something I’ve enjoyed is that even though the show doesn’t spend too much time on the agents’ personal lives, we still get moments showing that these people do like to spend time with each other off the clock.

“Yeah, the writers have a lot of work to do. They have to set up a crime and set up relationships and do all those things. There’s stuff that they don’t think about. I think the relationships of certain people, we have those relationships independent of the show, and as characters, we have different kinds of relationships.

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“It’s fun because as you’re doing a scene, a roundtable scene or something, and I don’t know, J.J. is distraught about something and Garcia sees it, as actors, you really want to sort of support your fellow people you’re doing a thing with. So, someone might make a face or do a move or do a thing, and you see it and you want to support it and kind of be like, ‘I see you doing this.’ Even if it’s not in the lines, we end up doing stuff like that, and then when they edit the show, they find these little moments and then they stick some in. Then what happens is one of the writers watches that episode and says, ‘Oh, that’s cool, look at that,’ and then they write a little line in. That’s sort of how that stuff builds.

“We’re all so interested in supporting each other as characters and making the most out of the moments that we have with each other. I think that’s a co-creation of everybody. I certainly have different relationships with those three women off-screen, but the thing that is in common is that we’re incredibly close to each other and incredibly supportive, but it’s just a different thing. It’s lovely that they do that because it’s super easy. Each one of them are so individual and smart and kind that it’s kind of amazing to think that there are so many different ways to be smart and kind and wonderful. I would say that all three women that I work with, really all the people I work with, but especially my girls, are like that.”

Can you talk a bit about writing episodes? Was one of them more challenging?  

“Whatever I’m writing feels like the hardest thing to write, and I hate it, and I have decided that I don’t know how to write and I’m terrible at it. So, every time is hard.

“I would say that the first time we wrote, when we wrote ‘Nelson’s Sparrow,’ what was hard about it — every episode me and Erica [Messer] have written together, we’ve had these constraints around it. So, with ‘Nelson’s Sparrow,’ we had to talk about the death of Gideon without showing or having Gideon the character there, unless we did flashbacks.

“And then when we did ‘A Beautiful Disaster,’ we had to do it knowing that we had to put these things in the episode. There had to be that his wife shot. It had to be that he was leaving the show, that these are the things that have to be there.

“And then when we did Matthew’s episode, we knew in the middle of that thing, of ‘Spencer,’ we knew that it had to start this arc and all of the things that had to be in it.

“So, I would say in terms of ease, the one we did this year was easier in a different way, because with ‘Full-Tilt Boogie,’ we didn’t have any rules. We didn’t have to do something within the show that had to happen that would then support the rest of the season. We could just write a good episode. Erica had originally said, ‘I want to write an episode about the opiate crisis,’ so the trick became, how do you write it and make the opiate situation the UnSub without completely demonizing the human beings that are participating in all the nonsense? So, I would say that this one was probably ‘easier,’ but it’s never easy when you do it. When it’s done, you’re like, ‘Oh, it’s done, that wasn’t that bad.'”

Criminal Minds season 13 airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on CBS. Want more news? Like our Criminal Minds Facebook page.

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