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Janeane Garofalo To Star In

I am – Hercules!! Gen X comedian and “Larry Sanders Show” icon Janeane Garofalo, who joined “The West Wing” and “24” late in their runs, is now negotiating to join CBS’ midseason “Criminal Minds” spin-off, according to Deadline Hollywood. This could be Garofalo’s third turn playing an FBI agent, following her turns in “Clay Pigeons” and “24.” From writer-producers Chris Mundy (“Line of Fire,” “Cold Case”) and Edward Allen Bernero (“Brooklyn South,” “Third Watch”), the spin-off follows another team of FBI behavioral analysis unit operatives. Garofalo’s co-stars include Forest Whitaker (“The Shield,” “Repo Men”) and Beau Garrett (“Made of Honor,” “Tron Legacy”), whose characters already appeared on the mother series. Garofalo’s other big-screen credits include “Reality Bites,” “The Truth About Cats and Dogs” “Mystery Men” and “Ratatouille.” Find all of Deadline’s story on the matter here.
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  • June 29, 2010, 12:12 a.m. CST

    Say what you want..

    by BetaRayBill07

    She was great in West Wing. Looking forward to this, especially if Forest Whittaker is on board too.

  • June 29, 2010, 12:13 a.m. CST

    Love her. Her face just keeps getting more...

    by Jaka

    ...attractive. Not sure about everything else as she still rocks the frumpy. But damn she's smart, and funny, which already makes her attractive in my book.

  • June 29, 2010, 12:14 a.m. CST

    Oh, this show, though - or the others

    by Jaka

    I don't, and haven't, watched any of them. Ever. So I'll just assume that she's good in them.

  • June 29, 2010, 12:20 a.m. CST

    She's not frumpy.

    by Hercules

    I've run into her a few times and what she is is tiny. Tila Tequila could beat her up.

  • June 29, 2010, 12:23 a.m. CST

    I think she's really cute

    by mr teaspoon

    but not funny at all and pretty obnoxious.

  • June 29, 2010, 12:24 a.m. CST

    Geek sweety

    by Aloy

    I'll watch her in just about anything.

  • June 29, 2010, 12:33 a.m. CST

    She was pretty bad on 24.

    by RPLocke

    Even worse than Chloe.

  • June 29, 2010, 12:33 a.m. CST

    And just like that,CBS killed Criminal Minds...

    by Jobacca

    Jesus...between this and the cast fucking over they're doing with the regular Criminal Minds cast,its like CBS is TRYING to get rid of one of their most popular,highest rated shows...oh yeah,just like they did with CSI!!!

  • June 29, 2010, 12:34 a.m. CST

    I'd do her.

    by Human_Bean_Juice_

    Spin-off - innocent minds!

  • June 29, 2010, 1:11 a.m. CST

    WTF? So ...

    by Epsilon

    What? Carrot Top wasn't available?

  • June 29, 2010, 1:12 a.m. CST

    Cancelled in half a season

    by ShabbyBlue

  • June 29, 2010, 1:17 a.m. CST

    It'll be fun to see what she says

    by tensticks

    When it crashes and burns (either before she gets on the show or after she leaves it). It'll be fun to see her play the blame game like she always does--pinning it everywhere but herself and talking about how the atmosphere is sexist and dysfunctional. Don't mistake me, she's brilliant, Ben Stiller's 92 Fox show is where she displayed herself as one of the greatest sketch comedians of the day, and I've seen her standup live and it was amazing. She has no shortage of telent and charisma. But she is, in the words of Lorne Michaels, an Injustice Collector, and she seldom has anything kind to say about anyone she works with. Just sayin'.

  • June 29, 2010, 1:18 a.m. CST

    They fired the blonde who plays AJ on CM

    by Cosmik

    They are dumping her claiming financial problems. And the producers of this spinoff show will be paying the salaries of Janeane Garofalo and Forest Whitaker?

  • June 29, 2010, 1:25 a.m. CST

    That photo looks to be about 15 years old

    by MaxCalifornia.

    I'm guessing that's from the brief "Jeneane as a cute romantic lead" phase circa The ruth about cats and dogs

  • June 29, 2010, 1:34 a.m. CST

    I enjoyed Garofalo

    by Fremen

    in 1997's "The MatchMaker". She plays a US Senator's assistant sent to Ireland to secure the Irish vote (I'm assuming Massachusetts or New York), and ends up in the sights of an old-fashioned matchmaker. <-- IMDB link I like her sarcastic wit, but sometimes I think she tries too hard in her movies to be the outcast.

  • June 29, 2010, 1:35 a.m. CST

    She's definitely not cute now

    by ShabbyBlue

    Looks old and haggard to me.

  • June 29, 2010, 1:47 a.m. CST


    by Fred_Phelps_Felches_Fags

    Another fucking cop show. Great.

  • June 29, 2010, 2:07 a.m. CST

    Always had a huge crush...

    by Ronald Raygun

    Just wish she'd keep her damn mouth shut sometimes. "Anyone who disagrees with me politically is a racist redneck and should be shot!!!"

  • Janeane Garofolo doesn't make me want to watch the show.

  • June 29, 2010, 2:32 a.m. CST

    The 'pilot' was god awful, just awful

    by aversiontherapy2

    I would be happy to see the rest of the cast dumped, except for Whitaker and Garofalo. The two of them together would make a good team, who needs all these stupid subject 'experts'? It's corny as hell. These two could be the Nulder and Scully of serial murderers. At the very least they need new writers.

  • June 29, 2010, 3:16 a.m. CST

    I'm with Spork on this, that backdoor pilot was junk

    by JT Kirk

    I love Janeane Garofalo, very funny and smart, but she rarely succeeds in this sort of project that somehow Hollywood keeps trapping her in, so I hope it works in her favor but I'm not expecting it. Also, Criminal Minds (original) already has a couple characters who sorta are playing off her vibe already. I'm not sure my world is ready for a TV schedule that has Janeane Garofalo AND Paget "Birdgirl" Brewster as FBI agents.

  • June 29, 2010, 5:13 a.m. CST

    love me some CM

    by sirdroftardis

    Great show, not sure about this casting though and yeah the back-door pilot was unconvincing. As for the dumping of AJ Cook and the scaling back of Paget Brewsters episodes... I find it strange that they can afford to hire a JJ replacement...

  • June 29, 2010, 5:46 a.m. CST

    The new Ted McGinley

    by Mr_P

    Jump the shark before it starts or something. Saw her live at the Edinburgh Festival - she was cr@p. Forgot her act and froze in the middle of it. You would think it was her first gig. Vaugely amusing otherwise

  • June 29, 2010, 6:52 a.m. CST

    Well the show ha dme interested with Whitaker...

    by HollywoodHellraiser

    and now I could give a rats ass!<p>CBS=FAIL

  • June 29, 2010, 7:14 a.m. CST

    The Minus Man

    by alan_poon

    She was great in that along with a young Owen Wilson. Excellent film and sadly undiscovered by many.

  • June 29, 2010, 7:28 a.m. CST

    Her main suspect for every murder

    by Magnus Greel

    will be the Bush Administration.

  • June 29, 2010, 8:04 a.m. CST

    Awwww, C'mon! She was great in Clay Pigeons...

    by The_Floating_Skull_of_Robert_Loggia

    And if they make her as cocky and abrasive in this, she'll be a welcome foil for Whitaker's breathless, ultra-serious profiler. So does this mean that the chick in the backdoor pilot is getting dropped? Also, no mention of Michael Kelly??? He was one of the actors I was most excited about for this spin-off. Oh, and I'd eat a mile of Paget Brewster's shit just to get a peek at where it came from.

  • June 29, 2010, 8:24 a.m. CST

    Would liked to have seen Nick Brendon's character included as pa

    by mjgtexas

    Dude has bail and lawyers to play.

  • June 29, 2010, 9:02 a.m. CST

    Will she finally...

    by JayLenoTookMyJob

    ...wash her friggin' hair for once? I mean, I don't mind the frumpy hipster look, I don't mind her getting full sleeve tatts when she's in her 40's, just that mass of greasy locks... c'mon Janeane, it's nasty. Go buy some friggin' Prell!

  • June 29, 2010, 9:02 a.m. CST

    She's not smart; she just runs her mouths a lot

    by Curious_Jorge

    I used to be a big fan of hers, but she's annoying as hell with her politics.

  • June 29, 2010, 9:07 a.m. CST

    Waste of time

    by optimus122

    I like her don't get me wrong. But they are ruining the original CM by castrating AJ off the show and reducing the hot Paget Brewsters role. Paget will end up leaving instead of doing a part time gig there. She has some bod on her that girl.

  • June 29, 2010, 9:59 a.m. CST


    by Himbo

    Don't ask a question to which you already know the answer: "Bush did it." <p> They are welcome to cast JG. I have no interest in either the original CM or a spinoff. So, I pitched the idea to the resident CM fan and she just rolled her eyes at potential JG casting. <p>Plenty of talented actresses without the condescension you hear from JG in any promotional interview. Too much baggage.

  • June 29, 2010, 10:06 a.m. CST

    She is what PMS looks like

    by Big_Daddy_Nero

    She is the personification of humorless lesbian drudgery, and filled with bitterness and bile. Ugh. She went to the same high school my wife did, down here in good old Katy Texas, and nobody even remembers her here, because she hated everyone and everything about it, and made herself into as small a thing as she could be. And down here there is no shortage of happy smiling blue-eyed pretty girls and studly jock guys, as well as the whole host of FCA people,m which means that these people are generally *NICE*, and I'm sure she created this whole world for herself where she was misunderstood and outcast, when really she was just a miserable little troll doll. Yet another talentless hack who continues to get work because she is politically tight with the powers that be and guilts the lefto crowd into casting her. Won't make a dime, won't last 6 episodes.

  • June 29, 2010, 10:10 a.m. CST

    Big Daddy Zero

    by alan_poon

    Speaks highly of you though!

  • June 29, 2010, 10:17 a.m. CST

    Big_Daddy_Nero, so what you are saying is

    by jim

    in High School she was exactly like her character in Romy & Michelle's High School Reunion was in High School?

  • June 29, 2010, 10:22 a.m. CST

    How does the meanest, craziest woman in hollywood get this role?

    by SmokingRobot

    Seriously. WTF do you have to do in hollywood to not get a role? Eat babies? Vote for a Republican?

  • June 29, 2010, 10:31 a.m. CST

    Big Jim

    by Big_Daddy_Nero

    Yeah pretty much

  • June 29, 2010, 11:09 a.m. CST

    This means not only will I never watch II

    by SmokingRobot

    I won't watch the original either.

  • June 29, 2010, 11:12 a.m. CST

    Re: Big Daddy

    by mjgtexas

    Renee O'Connor will always be the queen of Katy.

  • June 29, 2010, 11:40 a.m. CST

    "What she says when it crashes and burns"

    by Samuel Fulmer

    It's Bush's fault!

  • June 29, 2010, 11:41 a.m. CST

    When did her popularity decline?

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Was it around the time of Mystery Men? Too bad Smith didn't cast her as the lead in Dogma.

  • June 29, 2010, 11:44 a.m. CST

    "Gen-X" ?

    by schadenfreudian

    Really, people still use this term?

  • June 29, 2010, 11:47 a.m. CST

    Big Daddy Nero

    by schadenfreudian

    "And down here there is no shortage of happy smiling blue-eyed pretty girls and studly jock guys" <br> That sounds hellish.

  • June 29, 2010, 11:49 a.m. CST

    I want an Air America made for TV movie!

    by Samuel Fulmer

    And an Al Gore sex crazed poodle one too! For some reason I'm thinking of those really bad made for VH1 movies they used to make before Flavor of Love.

  • June 29, 2010, 12:14 p.m. CST

    Re:Battle Royale

    by mjgtexas

    I wouldn't say hellish, but Katy was the equivalent of Dillon Texas during the early 80's before the community turned into a massive white flight magnet of frightened Houston yuppies. To her credit, I never heard her disparage the community other than the girls had "big hair."

  • June 29, 2010, 12:14 p.m. CST

    Re:Battle Royale

    by mjgtexas

    I wouldn't say hellish, but Katy was the equivalent of Dillon Texas during the early 80's before the community turned into a massive white flight magnet of frightened Houston yuppies. To her credit, I never heard her disparage the community other than the girls had "big hair."

  • June 29, 2010, 1:29 p.m. CST

    Herc, I thought she might be a little one...

    by Jaka

    ...since I've seen her a couple times wearing large heels, and even a slightly platformed boot one time, I believe (of the ass kicking sort, not the club kind). But I almost ALWAYS see her wearing baggy clothes. Multiple layers of them at that. That's where I was going with the frump. I still think she's fine, though.

  • June 29, 2010, 1:35 p.m. CST

    She's nice looking

    by newkie brown

    and all, but she's really short. Like Willow short. If she's going to be an FBI agent chasing down perps she'd better have a boomerang or something.

  • June 29, 2010, 1:36 p.m. CST

    OK, I did an image search

    by Jaka

    And checked out a few pages of the results. She does look super tiny, and her body doesn't look that bad. But she is still wearing baggy clothes in a majority of the pics I found. Maybe they just don't make adult clothes small enough for her... which is kinda cute. Heh.

  • June 29, 2010, 1:39 p.m. CST

    The Matchmaker

    by Huelya

    I don't care about Criminal Minds, but I loved her in The Truth about cats and dogs and one of my favorites romantic comedies ever: The Matchmaker. I love that movie, it's so damn funny.

  • June 29, 2010, 1:48 p.m. CST

    Criminal Minds II?

    by RPLocke

    They are really calling it that?

  • June 29, 2010, 2:03 p.m. CST

    The Truth About Cats & Dogs is a science fiction movie

    by SnootyBoots

    set in an alternate universe where Uma Thurman is more attractive the Janeane Garofalo.

  • June 29, 2010, 2:05 p.m. CST

    Battle Royale With Cheese

    by Big_Daddy_Nero

    Well,if what we see in the movies were like real life, then yeah it probably would be. You know, the movies where all the 'pretty' people are really ugly inside, and the ugly-duckling misunderstood social outcasts are the true golden-hearted ones are the main characters, the protagonists, the ones upon whom our sympathies are supposed to rest. However, real life just isn't liek that. In real life, you have all types of people in all types of roles, and sure there are some dicks, but generally speaking, these are good solid people, the kids are respectful and nice, and friendly, etc. But a nasty little troll who is determined to live the 'movie-world' life she thinks she wants to live, well, she is going to see what she expects to see, and nothing else. Just like how she sees the world, or at least her own country. It's self-loathing taken to the typical extreme these days by certain people.

  • June 29, 2010, 2:56 p.m. CST

    So this is why AJ got canned. Fucking idiot network

    by Brody77

    Screw the bloody spin off, just give us the parent show with no bullshit. Ditch Rossi if you need to cut corners. He's clearly disturbed.

  • June 29, 2010, 3:01 p.m. CST

    Garofalo's expiration date was May 31, 1998

    by Margot Tenenbaum

    If she's so damn, smart she should have been writing/producing by now. Instead she gets shitcanned from the Lame-O Radio Network for pimping Scientology. Jesus.

  • June 29, 2010, 3:24 p.m. CST

    Fair enough, Nero...

    by schadenfreudian

    But I grew up in a smallish town that treated the jocks like royalty and the popular people all seemed like they were characters written into a John Hughes movie. I couldn't get outta there fast enough.

  • June 29, 2010, 3:40 p.m. CST

    I think more geeks generally relate to Garofalo...

    by Jaka

    ...than the pretty blue-eyed girls and studly jocks. At least those of us professing our love for her do. High school would have been SO much better for me if I'd known someone like her I could have shared the shadows with.

  • June 29, 2010, 4:07 p.m. CST

    Who cares. Where's the Leverage talkback?

    by parissun

    Parker is one sexy tom...well you know.

  • June 29, 2010, 4:09 p.m. CST

    I like Garofalo, but you gotta admit

    by American Mythos

    She had some funky eyebrows during her stint on The West Wing. Please tell me she's plucked them since then. Other than that, she's very attractive.

  • June 29, 2010, 4:34 p.m. CST

    To quote George Costanza...

    by schadenfreudian

    Who cares about eyebrows?

  • June 29, 2010, 5:16 p.m. CST

    I'd watch...

    by jdb1972

    ... if she were the first victim in the first episode. She's gotten downright nasty looking as the years have gone by (not to mention the lunatic politics).

  • June 29, 2010, 5:22 p.m. CST

    How will A&E fit the reruns into the schedule?

    by kabong

  • June 29, 2010, 5:51 p.m. CST

    Himbo, Sam Fuller...

    by tensticks

    I probably lean in her direction politically, at least socially, but that's irrelevant. She just comes across as an unhappy person who radiates misery. Kinda like Daria (which she once hosted) but without the irony. The last thing she did I really LIKED was "Mystery Men". Indeed, that's the last high profile thing I even noticed her in. In a perfect world, the Stiller show would never have been canceled and we'd be working on almost 20 years now of the best sketch comedy show ever. Sadly, this was not to be....

  • June 29, 2010, 6:40 p.m. CST


    by banditmania

    I can see on the soapbox preaching against guns.

  • June 29, 2010, 7:40 p.m. CST

    Garofalo moved to TX her senior year

    by MGTHEDJ

    She said in an interview back in the 1990's her family moved the summer before her senior year in high school. It really messed her up emotionally, and she has never really recovered. It would explain all her political rantings saying, in so many words, "THe South Sucks!" You try going from living in the NYC metro area, where your family has lived for over 3 generations, to Katy Tx circa 1982. From a community that is 75% Catholic and Jewish to one that is 95% Baptist, Pentecostal, and Assemblies of God. That's culture shock.<p>As for the show, hope she's getting paid very well.-----later-----m

  • June 29, 2010, 7:42 p.m. CST

    She's an odd combination of...

    by DoctorWho? and witty , yet totally unhinged and irrational. I can't look away.

  • June 29, 2010, 8:37 p.m. CST

    Big Daddy Nero-blue eyed girls, huh?

    by JayLenoTookMyJob

    You Texasses "jes' hate them thar sp**s and ni****s", huh? Teabagging, corporate-loving, inbred, pigfu**ing morons.

  • June 29, 2010, 8:41 p.m. CST

    Yeah Big Daddy, she's on the Hollywood D-List....

    by JayLenoTookMyJob

    ... but she still makes more money than you! Just can't handle that, huh? Now get back to stocking those rollback items!

  • June 29, 2010, 9:34 p.m. CST

    Unofficial Pilot was cliched retread

    by LeftFoot

    Forest Whittaker's character was very unoriginal. 'a renegade cop who is willing to risk everything to do what it takes to catch the bad guy.... blah, blah, blah. ... " An actor like Whittaker deserves better. The show has a chance if they hire grown ups for writers.

  • June 29, 2010, 11:16 p.m. CST


    by VitaminZ

    If that story is true, she's fucking pathetic. She can't overcome a bad senior year of high school? Some teenagers have to overcome more than "culture shock" -- like cancer or losing a parent. Or even growing up poor and never having one of your parents. But she's STILL upset that she didn't fit in in Texas for a year when she was 17? Isn't she in her mid 40's by now?

  • June 29, 2010, 11:20 p.m. CST

    Oh, and "Criminal Minds II"?

    by VitaminZ

    Do we really need multiple versions of every single show now? This really needs to stop. We have three CSI's, two NCIS's, and now two Criminal Minds? It'll look great opposite Law & Order: Los Angeles. Is AMC prepping Breaking Bad: Boston or Mad Men: Special Scotch Unit for next summer?

  • June 29, 2010, 11:24 p.m. CST

    Scientology?? You've GOT to be kidding me

    by TheSeeker7

    Garofalo started drinking that koolaid, seriously?? Please tell me that's not true, I've loved this chick for years and years, if she's actually jumped on the Scientology bandwagon that like shakes the foundation of my entire existence, that can't possibly be right.

  • June 30, 2010, 1:13 a.m. CST

    Ugh. Garofalo. Cunt.

    by The Bicycle Sharer

    She used to be funny. Then she just got bitter and harpy-ish. Just started watching reruns of "Criminal Minds" and kinda got into it. Adding this bitch to the cast will just assure that I won't be watching it anymore. It's one thing for her to pop up on "24," which I've invested years in. "Criminal Minds" is completely on the border right now and it will just take a tiny nudge to stop me from watching.

  • June 30, 2010, 1:16 a.m. CST

    Garofalo and Katy, Texas

    by The Bicycle Sharer

    As a former resident of Houston, Katy, and Sugar Land, let me assure everyone that having that cunt's name associated with Katy is just, if not more, traumatizing for us. Like finding out Slobodan Milocevic is a hometown boy. Or Hitler vacation in your favorite spot.

  • June 30, 2010, 1:28 a.m. CST

    Oh and for the moron who equated Katy, Texas...

    by The Bicycle Sharer

    To Baptists, Pentecostals, and Assemblies of God, please fucking shoot yourself in the fucking head you goddamned ignorant sack of shit. Katy, Texas (hometown of Renee Zellweger) is pretty much the epitome of suburbia with a fairly good demographic mix in the Greater Katy area (as opposed to "Old Katy"). The Katy area itself contains over 250,000. Today, according to Wikipedia, "[t]he city contains a sizable Muslim population, one of the largest in the Houston area." Also, according to Wiki, Roman Catholic is the largest religion in Texas. Followed by Baptist, No Religion, Christian - others, then Lutheran. Pentecostals make up 3% of the population, Assemblies of God 1%.<p>So, in conclusion, Mgthedj, you and that whiny bitch Garofalo could kindly do us all a favor by power chugging sleeping pills then practicing auto-erotic asphyxiation until you fall asleep.

  • June 30, 2010, 1:46 a.m. CST

    Who wants to cum on her Tattoos?? Arrghh!!! ICK!!!

    by JonChambers

  • June 30, 2010, 1:47 a.m. CST

    Hope you wind up in bed with this fucking nightmare!

    by JonChambers

  • June 30, 2010, 2:43 a.m. CST


    by Fred_Phelps_Felches_Fags

    DUDE! I edited one of the Cum On My Tattoo flicks. Glad to know people are watching 'em.

  • June 30, 2010, 10:35 a.m. CST

    Bicycle Sharer

    by Big_Daddy_Nero

    It was the JayLenoTookMyJob guy, not Mgthedj. Anyway, yeah, people love to hate that which they don't understand. They are barely even worth pity.

  • June 30, 2010, 11:22 a.m. CST

    Does Larry Gowan sing the opening theme song?

    by jim

  • June 30, 2010, 12:39 p.m. CST


    by MegaBeth

    Why do several of you refer to her as being "smart" and "witty". Where is your empirical evidence? From my viewpoint, she's a bitter, angry, frumpy lesbo.

  • June 30, 2010, 4 p.m. CST

    MegaBeth: I don't think she's frumpy...

    by Royston Lodge

    ...I won't argue with your other adjectives though.