Moore crime alert

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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.

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