Moore crime alert
SHEMARMoore is renowned for his blunt honesty. Ask the Criminal Minds star why he joined the show and he won’t tell you he has some innate ability to predict a hit drama by reading a pilot script.
‘‘People always ask me, ‘What kind of homework did you do (for the role of Derek Morgan)?’ ’’ he says. ‘‘I make no bones about it. I memorised my lines and rolled the dice.
‘‘When this was just a pilot, I said, ‘Come on, you’ve got 112 crime shows out there. Why do you need 113’? What’s going to make us different? Just from a pilot, you can’t tell, you don’t know.
‘‘I didn’t know we were going to be a hit until we got into the fifth or sixth episode.’’
Moore, 39, has a work ethic honed during a gruelling seven-year stint playing Malcolm Winters in The Young and the Restless.
He’s dated singer Toni Braxton and movie bombshell Halle Berry and has a legion of female followers.
But he knows he needs more than good looks for longevity as an actor. He takes the job seriously and appreciates the chance to improve.
‘‘We were compared with CSI a lot, and even I was comparing it with CSI in the beginning because that’s kind of the source you reference,’’ he says.
‘‘But we are a darker, nastier, Criminal Minds, M Channel 7, tonight, 9pm Dark thriller Duration: 1 hour chillier, much more of a thriller form of CSI.
‘‘Our show is always evolving. It doesn’t become a broken record.’’
It may trade heavily on spine-chilling suspense and misery, but you get the sense the Criminal Minds family is happy.
Visiting the Los Angeles set proves anything but morose. The cast is in good spirits, trading humorous verbal jabs as they move from shooting scenes to doing interviews.
The show’s darkness, Moore says, is more likely to affect him at home than at work.
‘‘This is a set. This is pretend,’’ he adds. ‘‘Our job is to take makebelieve and make you believe it.
‘‘When I watch it, I realise that this (the type of stories being told in the show) is in the paper, this is on thenews . . . it canbe depressing. It’s a dark, heavy subject matter.
‘‘But you’d be miserable if you dwelled on it. It’s entertainment. We’re just trying to entertain you. We can’t be your parents. You’ve got to use your discretion when you watch this type of stuff. If you’re the type this is going to bring down in the dumps, turn on the Comedy Network. Don’t watch this show.’’
Suspense and misery, but still happy: Shemar Moore (right) in a scene with Criminal Minds co-star Thomas Gibson.