Updates: 'Criminal Minds,' Mr. Big, and Pearl Jam

Harvey_lSome updates on stories PopWatch has covered recently:

1. Is Harvey Keitel going to replace Mandy Patinkin on Criminal Minds? The Hollywood Reporter says he’s in talks to take over the crime drama from Patinkin, who mysteriously quit the show last month. But CM fansite Criminal Minds Fanatic has posted what it says is a statement from producer Ed Bernero, saying that a Keitel hire probably isn’t going to happen, though an announcement of Patinkin’s replacement should be coming soon. Just as well; did you really want the Bad Lieutenant (pictured) heading up an elite TV crimefighting team?

2. Looks like Michael Slezak’s petition drive to keep the Mr. Big character (and actor Chris Noth) out of the Sex and the City movie has failed. Sorry, man.

3. AT&T blames a third-party vendor for snipping Pearl Jam’s anti-Bush lyrics from a webcast of the band’s Lollapalooza performance. The company apologizes for what it calls a violation of its own free-speech policy and says it’s negotiating with the band to stream the unedited performance on its Blue Room site. (You can see the unexpurgated clip on Pearl Jam’s own site.) Show of hands: Who is willing to take AT&T at its word, accept the company’s apology, and feel reassured that that there will be no similar free-speech violations in AT&T’s future offerings?

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  • t-fal

    There’s hope, Slezak. Big can still die.

  • Greg

    There is an article online that states: “They did the same thing on the webcasts from Bonnaroo in June during the John Butler Trio show when he was talking about the lack of response from our government during Katrina, and also during the Flaming Lips show when the lead singer was talking about how much George Bush had screwed up. I was at both of those live shows and saw the webcasts later. The sound did not cut out at any other time—only when someone was talking about George Bush or the goverment in a negative way.”

  • Greg

    There is an article online that states: “They did the same thing on the webcasts from Bonnaroo in June during the John Butler Trio show when he was talking about the lack of response from our government during Katrina, and also during the Flaming Lips show when the lead singer was talking about how much George Bush had screwed up. I was at both of those live shows and saw the webcasts later. The sound did not cut out at any other time—only when someone was talking about George Bush or the goverment in a negative way.”

  • bootsycolumbia

    Harvey Keitel would be great in Criminal Minds! He’s one of my favourite actors (and Mandy Patinkin is one of my least favourite actors–good riddance). That Bad Lieutenant vibe would work well with some of the shows more graphic storylines. I hope it happens.

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