Joe Mantegna will join the cast of CRIMINAL MINDS starring as FBI Special Agent David Rossi. Mantegna is scheduled to make his first appearance in the fifth episode of the season which is broadcast Wednesdays at 9 p.m.
Then, says TV Guide:
TVGuide.com’s Michael Ausiello received exclusive confirmation from his moles at Criminal Minds that disgraced cranky-pants Mandy Patinkin will be returning to the show this fall after all, but only for one episode (airing October 3), so as to provide some closure for his Gideon character. Patinkin’s reprisal of Gideon, reports Ausiello, will be brief and lonely—he’ll only be in one scene and he’ll be essentially be the only one in it.
"Disgraced cranky pants": that's funny.