×

Patinkin quits ‘Criminal Minds’

Actor leaves show over 'creative differences'

Mandy Patinkin has quit his role on CBS’ hit procedural drama “Criminal Minds,” due to what the thesp called “creative differences.”

It’s the second time Patinkin has asked to be released early while under contract on an Eye drama; he departed CBS’ “Chicago Hope” in 1995 in order to spend more time with his family.

This time, the reason was more contentious – but ABC Studios and CBS Paramount Network TV, which produce the show, stressed that the issue wasn’t related to contract negotiations or salary issues.

“His departure from the series will be explained to audiences in an episode to be filmed in the near future and broadcast early next season,” the companies said in a statement. “A new character will be added to the series for next season.”

As for Patinkin, a statement released by his reps said the actor wished “the cast and crew continued success in all of their endeavors, and he looks forward to continuing to work with the Disney and CBS companies in other capacities in the future.”

Patinkin’s departure puzzled “Criminal Minds” exec producer Ed Bernero, who told the “Criminal Minds Fanatic” website that the actor simply didn’t show up for work on the first day of shooting this month.

“He gave us no advance notice that anything was wrong, no oppurtunity to find a way to make the loss of this character work, no indication that we should be looking for someone else, no warning that we might have to rewrite the first seven scripts (which is how far ahead we try to work) without the central character in them,” Bernero told the site. “He left us completely in the proverbial lurch.”

Patinkin’s other TV credits include the Showtime skein “Dead Like Me.” He has starred as Special Agent Jason Gideon on “Criminal Minds” since the show’s 2005 launch.

Popular on Variety

More TV

  • James Corden Variety Cover Story

    James Corden Signs Deal to Host 'Late Late Show' Through 2022

    James Corden has signed a new deal with CBS which will see him stay on as host of “The Late Late Show” through 2022. The multi-talented Brit had been in advanced negotiations with the studio since May, and the new deal is sure to see him score a substantial bump in pay. The previous deal [...]

  • Reese Witherspoon

    Reese Witherspoon, Home Edit Duo Set Lifestyle Series at Netflix

    Netflix has ordered a new lifestyle series that boasts Reese Witherspoon among its executive producers. The hour-long series will follow master home organizes Clea Sherer and Joanna Teplin, the duo behind The Home Edit company. In each episode, Sherer and Teplin will transform the lives of their clients by conquering clutter with their signature style. [...]

  • 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Renewed for Season

    VH1 Renews Two Series in 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Franchise

    “RuPaul’s Drag Race” has been renewed for Season 12 at VH1, the cabler announced Monday. Additionally, the “All Stars” version of the show has been renewed for Season 5. RuPaul made the announcement in a video, which you can see below. The flagship series will welcome a fresh group of drag queens eager to prove [...]

  • TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 07: Actor

    'Fleabag' Star Andrew Scott Joins 'His Dark Materials' at HBO

    Andrew Scott, known to many as the “hot priest” from season 2 of “Fleabag,” has joined the cast of the “His Dark Materials” adaptation at HBO. The announcement was made via a tweet on the series’ official Twitter account which shows Scott on set with Lin Manuel Miranda, who is set to play Lee Scoresby [...]

  • Stephen Amell Arrow Season 5

    'Arrow' Star Stephen Amell to Lead Starz Wrestling Drama 'Heels'

    Stephen Amell has set his first major post-“Arrow” role. The actor, who will make his final outing as the bow-wielding super hero this season, has been cast as the lead in a wrestling drama series entitled “Heels,” which has been handed an eight-episode order by Starz. The hour-long drama is set in a close-knit Georgia [...]

  • Curiosity Stream Altice

    Altice USA Pacts With John Hendricks' CuriosityStream Service

    Altice USA has set a deal with John Hendricks’ CuriosityStream to expand distribution of the science- and history-focused subscription streaming service. The deal will make CuriosityStream available to all Altice USA’s 4.9 million customers across 21 states, including a big cluster serving New York and Connecticut. Altice also plans to add the CuriosityStream app to [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content