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Edward Allen Bernero

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  • Ed also serves as Executive Producer/Showrunner of Criminal Minds, and also directs episodes. You can also see him in the background as a bar patron during the Super Bowl party in episode 2x14 "The Big Game."

Edward Allen Bernero is an American television writer, producer and director. He was born on August 29 in 1962 in Chicago, Illinois. His father was a union truck driver and Bernero himself became a Chicago police officer in 1986. He worked mostly in the 020th district (Foster Avenue) for 10 years. The 10 years on the job as a Chicago police officer had taken a psychological toll, and Bernero felt as though he had fundamentally changed as a human because all he would see were bad things. It was this introspection that turned his interest to the process of catching serial killers. Ed Bernero did not like being a cop in Chicago and believed his job was eating away at his soul. He worked the midnight shift, and began writing when his wife, Barbara, and children were at work and school just to have something to do during the day. As he honed his skills, he began sending scripts to Hollywood. Although he was still a cop, an NBC executive read one of his scripts, called him and suggested he do a television spec. Bernero quit the police force and moved his wife, Barbara, their three children and dog to Los Angeles in October 1997. His first job in Hollywood was as a writer for an episode of F/X: The Series (November 1997). He then met with Steven Bochco and David Milch, and was asked to write an episode of NYPD Blue. He was then hired to write for Brooklyn South and subsequently worked as story editor for Trinity. When that show was canceled, John Wells asked him to collaborate on a new show - Third Watch. When Third Watch ended, he made deal with Paramount and received a script for Quantico, created by Jeff Davis, as part of the deal. After the pilot for the new show was filmed in Vancouver and the series, renamed Criminal Minds, was picked up by CBS, he became the showrunner after the second episode aired when Jeff Davis left the project.

About writing for Criminal Minds

Edward Allen Bernero said about the show that they also take story ideas from real cases, but then they try to make it as different as possible. He also stated that they tone the cases down because in reality they were much worse.

Writing Credits:

Trinity (1998)
  • 1.06 "To Forgive Divine"

F/X: The Series (1997-1998)
  • 2.02 "Unfinished Business"
  • 2.12 "Vigilantes"

Brooklyn South (1997-1998)
  • 1.03 "Why Can't Even a Couple of Us Get Along?"
  • 1.06 "A River Runs Through It"
  • 1.12 "Exposing Johnson"
  • 1.15 "Fisticuffs"

NYPD Blue (1997)
  • 5.04 "The Truth is Out There"

Third Watch (1999 - 2005) (series co-creator)
  • 1.01 "Welcome to Camelot" (co-writer)
  • 1.02 "Anywhere But Here"
  • 1.05 "Responsible Parties"
  • 1.11 "Alone in a Crowd"
  • 1.15 "Officer Involved"
  • 1.21 "Just Another Night at the Opera"
  • 2.03 "Four Days"
  • 2.07 "After Hours"
  • 2.11 "A Hero's Rest"
  • 2.13 "Duty"
  • 2.16 "Unfinished Business"
  • 2.21 "Exposing Faith"
  • 3.01 "In Their Own Words"
  • 5.11 "A Call for Help"
  • 6.05 "The Hunter, Hunted"
  • 6.22 "Goodbye to Camelot"

Criminal Minds (2005 - )
  • 1.04 "Plain Sight"
  • 1.10 "The Popular Kids"
  • 1.22 "The Fisher King, Part 1"
  • 2.01 "The Fisher King, Part 2"
  • 2.12 "Profiler, Profiled"
  • 2.14 "The Big Game"
  • 2.22 "Legacy"
  • 3.10 "True Night"
  • 3.14 "Damaged"
  • 4.08 "Masterpiece"
  • 4.26 "To Hell...And Back" (Part Two)

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