Kirsten Vangsness to Pull Double Criminal Minds Duty

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Kirsten Vangsness is in for a busy 2010-2011 TV season.

The actress, who portrays Penelope Garcia on the original Criminal Minds, will take on the same role for the show's spin-off, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior.

"The real BAU teams share analysts, so it made sense for us to combine the positions on TV," Suspect Behavior executive producer Chris Mundy said. "On a personal note, Kirsten is amazing, both personally and professionally. Her talent will make our new series that much better both on screen and behind the scenes."

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Vangsness joins other Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior regulars Forest Whitaker, Janeane Garofolo, Matt Ryan, Michael Kelly and Beau Garrett.

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Criminal Minds Quotes

Hotch: A sniper can wait up to 72 hours without sleeping.
Mays: Seriously?
Rossi: That's part of their training. They can stay awake for 72 hours and remain completely focused on their target.
Mays: How?
Hotch: By using a mental exercise called "fantasy integration". A sniper creates a scenarios involving a target that keeps that person at the forefront of their mind.
Morgan: Often they'll imagine a place where they're with the target, doing something together that takes time. For example, building a car.
JJ: For some, the fantasy begins the minute they're assigned a target. Then nothing will distract them.

Don't you know there comes a midnight hour when everyone has to take off his mask - Soren Kierkegaard.

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