Paramount Home Media announced this past week that four popular CBS television series will bracket the end of summer Labor Day period.
Kicking off the hit parade on Aug. 28 is a six-disc collection of Criminal Minds: The Thirteenth Season. The FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) got a new agent during the 13th season with the addition of ex-Delta soldier Matthew Simmons (Daniel Henney — X-Men Origins: Wolverine, The Last Stand). His casting breathed new life into the venerable series, along with a slew of special guest appearances that included Kim Rhodes, Bodhi Elfman, Jamie Kennedy, Lou Diamond Phillips, James Urbaniak and more.
Paramount Home Media Distribution and CBS Home Entertainment street all 22 episodes of the dark crime series with bonus features that include audio commentary for select episodes, a gag reel, deleted scenes, cast and crew interviews and more.
Additionally, the same Aug. 28 street date brings the release of NCIS: Los Angeles: The Ninth Season (also a six-disc collection). All 24 episodes featuring the SoCal team of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service are featured … from the introduction of a new leader of the unit (Nia Long — Boyz n the Hood, Big Momma's House, The Best Man Holiday, etc.) to massive partnerships with the FBI and LAPD across multiple episodes, the ninth season showed why this spinoff NCIS show (thank you, LL Cool J) still has legs.
On Tuesday, Sept. 4 (the day after Labor Day), Michael Weatherly (NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service) returns as Dr. Jason Bull in Bull: Season Two, bringing back the excellent trial drama stories based on the real-life career of trial consulting firm expert Dr. Phil McGraw.
The second season sees the Trial Analysis Corp. tackle the case of a trophy wife (Minka Kelly — Friday Night Lights, Parenthood) accused of killing her billionaire husband; a sticky situation when a college kid is accused of murdering someone on a Native American reservation; and the defense of a doctor who violates the law by crossing state lines to help treat patients with marijuana-derived oil.
Also Sept. 4, look for Hawaii Five-O: The Eighth Season, with another 25 episodes of the hit remake of the classic crime-fighting series (in paradise). The latest season features new recruits, a hunt for a hitman, a Russian spy ring (complete with nuclear implications), and even the mob!