Mundy expands 'Minds' deal

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"Criminal Minds" writer-producer Chris Mundy has inked a two-year overall deal with the show's co-producer, ABC TV Studio.

Under the seven-figure pact, Mundy will continue on CBS' sophomore drama "Minds" as co-executive producer and will develop new projects for the studio.

In the first year of the deal, Mundy will be focused on his duties on "Minds," working under executive producer/showrunner Ed Bernero. The crime drama, which has been a solid performer for CBS despite facing Fox's juggernaut "American Idol," hasn't officially been picked up for a third season, but its return in the fall is considered a sure thing.

"It's been the best creative experience I've ever had," Mundy said of his stint on "Minds." "We've got a really talented team, and Ed is amazing. He gives everybody creative freedom, and everybody tries 10 times harder."

Bernero didn't spare praises for Mundy, who joined "Minds" midway through its first season.

"I can't imagine that we did it without him," Bernero said. "He fit in so perfectly, it feels like he's always been there. He's crucial to the show and its success , and I am glad he will be with us for a long time."

After exploring the back stories of Jason Gideon (Mandy Patinkin) and his team of FBI profilers this season, the ABC TV/CBS Par TV/Mark Gordon Co. show will delve next season into the effects their job has on their personal lives, Bernero said.

The deal with ABC TV marks the first overall pact for Mundy, who started off as a senior writer for Rolling Stone, doing cover stories and interviews with such musicians as Kurt Cobain and Bob Dylan. But in the back of his mind, he always wanted to do television.

"At Rolling Stone, you wait for somebody to create something and write about it," Mundy said. "I wanted to be the person creating it."

After 11 years at the magazine, Mundy finally took the plunge, moved from New York to the West Coast and took his first TV writing job on the final season of CBS' "Chicago Hope" in 1999.

In his first stab at development under the deal with ABC TV, Mundy said he wants to "go deep into the characters" and try mixing drama and comedy.

Mundy, whose resume also includes stints on CBS' "Cold Case" and NBC's "Deadline," is repped by UTA and attorney Ken Richman.
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