'Criminal Minds': Joe Mantegna 'leading the troops into battle' by doubling as director

Joe Mantegna often is seen calling the shots on "Criminal Minds," but that's more the case than ever this week.The veteran actor, who plays FBI Supervisory Special Agent David Rossi on the long-running CBS drama, also directs the show for the first time Wednesday (Jan. 22). Titled "The Road Home," the story references a 2012 tale about Rossi's former Marine sergeant (again played by guest star Meshach Taylor), whose disappearance separates Rossi from the rest of the Behavioral Analysis Unit as he launches a search."They knew I'd directed before," Mantegna tells Zap2it of being offered the chance by the "Criminal Minds" producers. "I directed a feature years ago called 'Lakeboat,' and our executive producer Erica [Messer] had seen it. Matthew Gray Gubler has directed the show several times, and Thomas Gibson directed his first episode last season ... so she said, 'We'd like you to do one if you'd like to.' And I said, 'Sure.'"Agreeing...



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