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In Movies & TV Commentary

Jess Prosser on the set of his "Criminal Minds" episode, alongside script coordinator Liz Graham.

In Movies & TV Commentary

Franklin native Nate Mooney plays the "unsub" in tonight's "Criminal Minds" at 9 on Channel 58.

In Movies & TV Commentary

Look for Waukesha's Lonnie Kissling in a trio of national Sonic Drive-In TV spots.

OnMedia: Jess Prosser plots out "Criminal Minds"


Jess Prosser has been in the movie and TV business for just about a decade now, getting his start as a production assistant on a couple indie flicks, "Super Troopers" and "L.I.E."

He moved into TV, and the 32-year-old Prosser has been a writers' assistant on CBS' "Criminal Minds," for the past few years, coming from NBC's "Third Watch."

And tonight we're watching a major step in the Marquette High School grad's career: He's got the writing credit for the latest episode of CBS' "Criminal Minds" at 8 tonight on Channel 58.

While the script is his baby, Prosser acknowledges that writing for TV is a collaborative effort. It starts with cards on a story board, turns into an outline and then finally becomes a script -- which goes through a series of revisions.

It's not a place for a big ego about your script.

"From my experience, network television's not really the place for that," he says.

He sees writing for a drama, like "Criminal Minds" -- with its structure of a teaser and four acts -- as different from a comedy. In his case, it's the story that's more important than the specific lines that he might fight for in a sitcom script.

"It worked out pretty well," he tells me. "I'm pretty pleased."

There were a few moments as the episode was produced, when location shooting prompted some questions.

"There were some scenes that, logistically, I was a little concerned about, from the cost end," he says. That forced some last-minute rewrites, "based on the nature of the locations we could get."

Coincidentally, the cast of this episode includes Nate Mooney, a native of Franklin. He plays the "unsub," or "unknown subject of an investigation" in tonight's installment.

Prosser, whose brother, Emmett, is a sports blogger for OnMilwaukee.com, says they did pass some time on the set chatting about the Packers.

What else would a couple of Wisconsin boys do?

On TV: Channel 6 had fun during Tuesday's snow with its high-tech snow-measuring device on its weather desk:

If you can't see the live streaming video, click on "reload" at the lower left.
  • A focus of "Basketball Wives: The E! True Hollywood Story" is Kenya Bell, the wife of Milwaukee Bucks guard Charlie Bell, at 9 tonight on E! Entertainment Television.
  • Waukesha's Lonna Kissling is having her skating talents showcased in three national commercials for Sonic Drive-ins. The 17-year-old Kissling works as a Sonic car hop.
  • NBC has set aside a full hour on March 4 for the birth of Jim and Pam's baby on "The Office."
  • Cybergossip Perez Hilton says the CW has no plans to bring the new "Melrose Place" back for another season.
  • CBS' Craig Ferguson has signed on with a Twitter account.
  • Richard Rushfield in the Daily Beast tears apart the silly talk about Howard Stern being considered as an "American Idol" judge. C'mon, the show's younger female target audience and the extreme male-skewing humor that is Stern's shtick just don't fit together.
  • Captain Phil Harris of Discovery Channel's "Deadliest Catch," died yesterday, a few weeks after suffering a stroke.
The latest from the Muppets: The Muppets Studio has been cranking out a series of entertaining videos over the past few months, starting with "Bohemian Rhapsody" last November.

This week, a version of Kansas' "Dust in the Wind" was released, starring Beaker, and featuring a jab at social media:


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devidia | Feb. 10, 2010 at 12:37 p.m. (report)

Yeah, I don't even have a video showing. Just nothing but whiteness. (Unless THAT'S the snowstorm??) Drat! How can my horrific overreaction to the snowstorm be complete now??

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cuprisin | Feb. 10, 2010 at 12:17 p.m. (report)

It must be a problem on your end. I just tried and it worked fine, providing me with a valuable snow-depth update.

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devidia | Feb. 10, 2010 at 12:15 p.m. (report)

Where's the snow stick??? I can't see the snow stick!!!! I MUST SEE THE SNOW STICK!!!! Reload didn't work.

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buck | Feb. 10, 2010 at 11:25 a.m. (report)

wow, david gruber really leaves no stone unturned when it comes to ad placements. even behind the fox 6 snow stick!

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