Mantegna, Not Keitel, Boards Criminal Minds

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“Criminal Minds” executive producer Ed Bernero revealed on the Criminal Minds Fanatic Blog that Joe Mantegna will be replacing Mandy Patinkin on the CBS drama.

“We are very excited to tell you all that Joe Mantegna is officially joining the cast of ‘Criminal Minds.’ Thanks for hanging with us, everyone,” he said.

It was previously reported that Harvey Keitel was in talks to join the cast, but those talks fell through. Patinkin quit abruptly last month because of what he termed “creative differences.”

“Minds,” revolving around the FBI Behavioral Analysis Unit, returns for a third season in the fall.