Joe Mantegna Tells KDKA Radio About The 14th Season Of Criminal Minds

'In France or Japan we're like the Beatles'

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - The 300th episode of Criminal Minds will air Wednesday (10/3) on CBS at 8:00 p.m.

​Actor and Criminal Minds star, Joe Mantegna, spoke with the KDKA Radio Morning News on Wednesday about the evolution of the show and his role in it.

Larry Richert/John Shumway: Is it an insult to be told that your show really creeps people out?

Joe Mantegna: "No, it's like a badge of honor. In other words, we have that aspect to our show, but I thinks it's necessary as a homage to what these men and women really have to deal with everyday."

LR/JS: Is the show popular internationally?

JM: "Proportionately, the show is even bigger in some foreign countries. In France or Japan, we're like the Beatles. It's translated well."

LR/JS: What is it about us that we like to see other people suffer and the crimes get solved?

JM: "Our show has very little to do with evidentiary. In other words, it's not about the bullets. It's about the criminal mind, the psyche of these people. I want to know what's going on in these people's minds, why do they do what they do."

LR/JS: After 14 seasons, how does the show still make successful episodes?

JM: “It's all about the scripts. It's always important to have a strong staff of writers. I've been a character on the Simpsons for 27 years now, and it's the same thing."

LR/JS: The last time we talked to you was before the big ceremonies in Washington D.C. to honor veterans. Do we appropriately honor and recognize the contributions of our veterans when they come home from war?

JM: “It's gotten better. I grew up in the Vietnam era, and what happened to those Vietnam vets was terrible. It was an unpopular war, and for a lot of reasons, members of the military almost got blamed for it. It was like, let’s put it out of sight and out of mind. That doesn't take away that we have a wall in Washington DC with the names of all those young men and women who gave their lives for that conflict.”

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