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Shemar Moore Shocker: He Exits CRIMINAL MINDS After 11 Seasons!

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Wednesday night, fans of the CBS procedural drama Criminal Minds were in for quite the emotional ride and shocker, when longtime series star, Shemar Moore exited his beloved role as Derek Morgan.

The former Daytime Emmy winning star of The Young and the Restless, where he played Malcolm Winters, decided he wanted to spread his wings and look at new roles and opportunities in his career.

Moore’s exit episode drew 10.7 million total viewers with a 2.1 rating, rising 9 percent and two tenths and gave Criminal Minds its largest audience since November 26, 2014, and its best demo number in almost a year, according to TV Line.

Shemar told The Hollywood Reporter:  “The Young and the Restless gave me confidence and told me that I had a right to be here (In Hollywood).  ” got popular there, but I wanted credibility and to prove that I could act. What Criminal Minds did was help people see that I could handle drama — and keep my shirt on — and tell stories. Criminal Minds was college, and now I’m ready for grad school and the next step.”

As to if Moore would ever make a return visit to the CBS nighttime drama, he added, “I went back for two episodes [on The Young and the Restless during Criminal Minds]) and I would have done it for free — and the same goes with Criminal Minds. If they’ll let me come in and play for a while, yes. I’d love to come back.”

Moore gave his fans a special farewell video on his decision to leave, as well.   Watch it after the jump.  Then let us know, if you are sad that Shemar has exited Criminal Minds?  Do you hope he comes back to Y&R for another short visit?  What would you like to see Shemar do next in his career? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Susan Miller
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Susan Miller

I think shemar should have his own show. I know he would make an excellent spokesperson n being so good at what he does he needs to venture out. Y&R could surely use him again if he chooses to go down that road again. Shemar u rock baby boy ! Oh maybe an actor doing movies but a talk show host sounds like the best road he could go down. Love u baby boy

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I only watch because of him…..I followed him from Y&R. Sad.

Richard
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Richard

Malcolm & Hillary??? LOL

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Lol. We’ve been down that road with Dru. So, Richard, you still want to keep in the family, do you? LOL.

Amy
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Amy

this sucks the best part is him & baby girl

Patricia
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Patricia

He should do movies. I believe he would be great.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

No doubt, Shemar Moore is an accomplished and popular actor!

Yet, I will always hold a huge amount of respect and appreciation for him with the manner in which he announced Susan Lucci’s Emmy win (after 19 nominations). He exuded excitement and class, which made this deserved and heartfelt moment for Lucci and her fans even more poignant, satisfying, and special!

Rose
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Rose

I quit watching Criminal Minds years ago because it was full of such ugly stories. But Shemar always seemed to have a brighter soul. So long past time for a change to put him into something more positive.

Richard
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Richard

Hahahahaha just to stick it to Devon. I hate him lol

Pam
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Pam

I would Love to see him return to Y&R for a while. I Love him as Malcolm.

Nikki
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Nikki

Without Shemar Moore=Goodbye Criminal Minds. We luv ya Shemar Good Luck!

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GH’s Charles Shaughnessy On Victor’s Villainy: “He’s Just Making Trouble for All of the Fan Favorites! He’s Just Making Their Lives Miserable”

In pretty short order, Victor Cassadine’s re-emergence in Port Charles, and now played by daytime vet, Charles Shaughnessy, has caused plenty of havoc on ABC’s General Hospital.  Shaughnessy, who was much beloved as Shane Donovan on Days of our Lives, debuted on GH back in September of 2021.

You can look at the body count, or the people Victor has under his thumb, to know the impact he is making on the canvas.

In a new interview in the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest (on newsstand now), Shaughnessy weighs-in on being the treacherous Cassadine.

 

Charles shared: “I mean, he’s just making trouble for all of the fan favorites! He’s just making their lives miserable.  He’s the guy who killed Luke Spencer.  He’s the guy who put Anna in jail and tried to break up her relationship with Valentin.  He’s just miserable to Holly. He’s just dreadful! But it’s such great fun, I mean, the more dreadful the better, really. He’s the villain you love to hate.”

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So, how and just when Victor will get his comeuppance is on everyone’s mind in the viewing audience as well as for characters such as: Laura (Genie Francis), Valentin (James Patrick Stuart), Lucy (Lynn Herring), Holly (Emma Samms), Anna (Finola Hughes), Ava (Maura West), Selina (Lydia Look), and many more.

Victor’s evil deeds seemed to reach new heights during the Holly Sutton storyline. Now the question is, who will he go after next, given what would seem to be his quest for the necklace containing diamonds from the Ice Princess?  Stay tuned.

What do you think of Charles’ portrayal of Victor? Who do you hope takes down Victor? Comment below.

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Eric Kim Named Exec VP of Current Programs CBS Entertainment & CBS Studios; Will Oversee Daytime Programming

As the executive shuffle continues at CBS, and through many entertainment conglomerates in Hollywood, Eric Kim has been named executive vice president of current programs. In his new role, Eric will oversee current primetime and daytime programming for the CBS network and for the studio.

Kim replaces Amy Reisenbach, who was recently promoted to president of CBS Entertainment.  In a statement on Kim’s new position, Reisenbach shared: “I’ve worked closely with Eric for over a decade and have always been impressed with his incredible programming instincts, skill in working with showrunners on our biggest hit shows and strong relationships throughout the creative community. I’m very excited for him to take on this significant role. He is a proven, smart executive whose leadership and input will be vital to the success of our series.”

David Stapf, president of CBS Studios who Kim will also report to expressed: “Eric’s creative instincts and his ability to champion new writers and producers complement his strong relationships with established showrunners, making him an exceptional executive. His leadership has earned the trust and respect of both the industry and his colleagues at the Studio and Network. As Eric steps into this new role, I’m looking forward to seeing the impact he makes both within the creative community and on our series that are enjoyed by global audiences.”

Eric has been with CBS over the last 11 years, and has overseen all phases of production on both comedy and drama series including; Blue Bloods and CSI.

Prior to joining the network, Kim worked in live action series for Nickelodeon and Teen Nick from 2009-2011. He was also vice president of current programming at the CW from 2006-2009, and was part of the creative team that launched the new network when The WB and UPN networks merged and was also an executive at UPN from 2004-2006.

Soap fans, of course, are hoping that Eric will be a huge supporter of the soaps, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful as well as the entire CBS daytime line-up.

So, what do you think of the latest executive change at CBS? Hopeful that Eric Kim will continue to support in-full Y&R and B&B’s efforts? Comment below.

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Laurence Fishburne to Present Levar Burton with Lifetime Achievement Honors at ‘Children’s & Family Emmy Awards’

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced today that Laurence Fishburne (ex-Josh Hall, One Life to Live 1973-1976 ) will present Levar Burton with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the upcoming Children’s & Family Emmys on December 11th from the Wilshire Ebell theatre in Los Angeles.

Fishburne, who collectively had won a Tony, NAACAP and Emmy Awards, will honor his longtime friend for the body of his work. Most notable among their many collaborations was when Burton served as executive producer for the 2016 remake of Roots, which starred Fishburne.

As many know, Levar Burton is an actor, director and educator who has taught generations of children about the joys of reading through his show Reading Rainbow. Throughout his career, Levar has been honored with 13 Emmy Awards, 3 NAACP Awards, a Grammy Award for Spoken Word Album, a Peabody Award, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, among other accolades.

Burton is the award-winning author of The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm, A Kids Book About Imagination, and his Grammy Nominated book, Aftermath. His podcast, LeVar Burton Reads, has been downloaded more than 25 million times. Recently, he launched the LeVar Burton Book Club via the Fable app.

The Children’s & Family Emmy ceremony will be hosted by former 30 Rock star, Jack McBrayer, and will be streamed live on NATAS’ dedicated viewing platform powered by Vimeo, available on the web at Watch.TheEmmys.TV and via The Emmys apps for iOS, tvOS, Android, FireTV, and Roku.

What do you think about Levar Burton receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award at the upcoming ‘Children’s & Family Emmy Awards’ and from Laurence Fishburne, no less? Comment below. 

 

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