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A version of this article originally appeared on EW.com.
In Wednesday’s episode, the CBS police procedural revealed Hotch has not been on special assignment, but rather in Witness Protection.
Rossi (Joe Mantegna) broke the news to the team near the beginning of “Elliott’s Pond,” which was directed by series veteran Matthew Gray Gubler (Dr. Spencer Reid). “We need to talk,” Rossi began. As it turns out, Hotch decided to leave the Behavioral Analysis Unit and enter Witness Protection after Peter Lewis, »
As fans know, Thomas Gibson was fired from Criminal Minds after filming a few season 12 episodes and Shemar Moore left in season 11. Meanwhile, Paget Brewster is returning, Aisha Tyler has become a series regular, and Adam Rodriguez has joined the cast. That's a lot of upheaval in a short amount of time for this venerable CBS TV series. How will it do in the ratings in season 12? Could it be cancelled? Will there be a 13th season? Stay tuned.Criminal Minds continues to follow the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit (Bau) out of Quantico, Virginia. This season's cast is Joe Mantegna, Matthew Gray Gubler, A.J. Cook, Kirsten Vangsness, Aisha Tyler, Adam Rodriguez, and Paget Brewster.The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better the chances »
Criminal Minds said goodbye to Thomas Gibson, its star who has been with the show since the beginning 12 years ago, by…not acknowledging his exit. Gibson's last episode of Criminal Minds aired on CBS on Wednesday, Oct. 5 and there wasn't much fanfare. "Sick Day," the second episode of season 12, featured A.J. Cook's Jj predominately as she recounted the harrowing events of a case to her husband (Bill Stewart). Meanwhile, Gibson's Aaron Hotchner and the rest of the Criminal Minds characters discussed the case and its impact on Jj. No big exit story for the character. The episode description for next week's episode, titled "Taboo," doesn't mention Gibson or his »
After eight long years, Jane Lynch is returning to Criminal Minds on CBS, as Reid's (Matthew Gray Gubler) mom, Diana, TV Guide reports. The actress recently starred in the Angel From Hell TV show, which was cancelled during its first season on CBS, after only five of thirteen episodes aired.Executive producer Erica Messer told the news outlet, "We're really excited. It's a fun Reid story and she's really excited to come back and reprise her role. She's been a busy lady and we're still here, so we're happy to be able to offer that opportunity for her to come back." Lynch is returning for two episodes in a Reid-centric storyline. The procedural drama also stars: Kirsten Vangsness, A.J. Cook, Joe Mantegna, and Paget Brewster.Read »
The Criminal Minds revolving door is back in action. According to reports from Deadline. Brewster has been promoted to series regular to reprise her role as Ssa Emily Prentiss on the successful procedural show. The news come on the heels of Thomas Gibson’s dismissal from Criminal Minds, and follows the announcements of Aisha Tyler being promoted as a regular and Adam Rodriguez joining the cast. Criminal Minds has had its share of cast shakeups, from Mandy Patinkin exiting the show, to Paget Brewster and A.J. Cook temporary leaves, to Rachel Nichols and Jennifer love Hewitt becoming part of the franchise only to
- Virginia Podesta
Brewster starred on the CBS procedural from 2006 to 2012, and has appeared in guest spots ever since. She will reprise her role as Ssa Emily Prentiss with her first episode set for Oct. 12.
Brewster’s return as a regular cast member comes after star Thomas Gibson was fired due to a series of on-set altercations.
“We’re all so excited to have Paget with us full time,” said Erica Messer, executive producer and showrunner. “The Bau family has definitely missed her, on screen and off. Having her back on set has been great, it’s like she never left.”
Season 12 of “Criminal Minds” will see many casting changes. With the loss of Gibson and also long-running star Shemar Moore, who departed the series after Season 11, the show is filling up its ensemble with the return of Brewster and the previously »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
There's some drama behind the scenes of Criminal Minds. Variety reports star Thomas Gibson has been suspended from the CBS series after kicking a producer.On the crime procedural, Gibson plays Special Agent Aaron Hotchner. He's one of the few castmembers who has been with the drama since the series began in 2005. The cast also includes Matthew Gray Gubler, Aj Cook, and Joe Mantegna.Read More… »
“Suicide Squad” has been bashed by fans, ripped apart by reviewers and basically destroyed since its wide release almost a week ago. And now the DC Comics movie is getting trolled by Kirsten Dunst on social media. The “Spider-Man” actress posted a cheeky throwback photo on Instagram when she compared it to her 1999 cult hit “The Virgin Suicides.” Also Read: 'Suicide Squad' Could Top 'Batman v Superman' Week 2 Box Office “There’s only one real suicide squad,” Dunst wrote, along with a photo from the film showing her with co-stars Leslie Hayman, A.J. Cook, Chelse Swain and Hanna R. Hall. »
- Debbie Emery
CBS president Glenn Geller made the announcement Wednesday morning at the Television Critics Association press tour at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Tyler plays Dr. Tara Lewis, a forensic psychologist whose expertise is studying and interviewing serial killers after they’re captured to determine if they’re able to stand trial. She made her first appearance on “Criminal Minds” in the Season 11 premiere in 2015, and recurred in 19 episodes through the season.
Tyler’s permanent gig on “Criminal Minds” will not impact her role on CBS’s daytime talker “The Talk.” Geller confirmed at TCA that Tyler will juggle both roles, like Julie Chen does with “The Talk” and “Big Brother.”
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
The doctor is in, more than ever.
Things thus look to be more crowded than ever at the Bau for Season 12 (premiering Wednesday, Sept. 28), with CSI: Miami vet Adam Rodriguez joining the cast as a series regular and fan favorite Paget Brewster due back for multiple episodes as Emily Prentiss.
Emily Prentiss is coming home again!
If we learned anything from the Criminal Minds Season 11 finale, it's that the team needs all the help it can get.
If you recall, things went all kinds of crazy after Bau raided a prison which resulted in the escape of 13 highly volatile fugitives at the end of it all.
He'll be a series regular, and that proves just how much airtime tracking these fugitives with have in the upcoming season.
It's likely there will be other cases to solve in the meantime, but it's always exciting »
- Carissa Pavlica
“We’re excited to have Paget Brewster back for multiple episodes in our 12th season,” said showrunner Erica Messer. “The Bau can use more help this year since they’ve got a lot of known and unknown subjects to catch.” At the end of the last season, a series of prison breaks resulted in the release of 13 serial killers.
Brewster first appeared on the series in the second season of the CBS crime drama, when the character joined the Bau to help the team catch two serial killers in St. Louis, and stayed on as a regular for six seasons. Prentiss has returned twice in the intervening years, including toward the end of last season.
Brewster was freed up to head back to “Criminal Minds” after the cancellation of Fox’s »
- Oriana Schwindt
“We’re excited to have Paget Brewster back for multiple episodes in our 12th season,” showrunner Erica Messer announced Thursday at the “CBS Favorites” San Diego Comic-Con panel. “The Bau can use more help this year since they’ve got a lot of known and unknown subjects to catch.”
Brewster, who became available when Fox chose not to renew Grandfathered, »
He’ll play a special agent who is a member of the FBI Fugitive Task Force and joins the Behavioral Analysis Unit, and will be introduced in the Season 12 premiere.
“We’re thrilled to introduce a new special agent by adding the very talented Adam Rodriguez to our amazing cast,” said Erica Messer, executive producer and showrunner on the long-running procedural. “We have exciting storylines planned for his character and the entire Bau team as we head into our 12th season.”
Rodriguez was most recently seen in recurring roles on “Jane the Virgin” and “Empire. »
- Laura Prudom
Criminal Minds is beefing up its ranks with a new hunky cast member. Adam Rodriguez has joined the cast for season 12, CBS announced. His character, a special agent from the FBI Fugitive Task Force who joins the Behavioral Task Force, will make his debut in the season 12 premiere. "We're thrilled to introduce a new special agent by adding the very talented Adam Rodriguez to our amazing cast," Erica Messer, Criminal Minds executive producer and showrunner, said in a statement. "We have exciting storylines planned for his character and the entire Bau team as we head into our 12th season." Rodriguez joins Joe Mantegna, Thomas Gibson, Matthew Gray Gubler, A.J. Cook and Kirsten Vangsness on the »
Dangerous predators take note: Criminal Minds' Bau team is on the case for another year. CBS announced it has officially renewed the long-running procedural for a full season 12 for the 2016-2017 TV season. According to CBS, Criminal Minds is still a top performer and this season averages 12 million viewers and 2.8 rating in the coveted 18-49 demographic. The series stars Joe Mantegna, Thomas Gibson, Matthew Gray Gubler, A.J. Cook and Kirsten Vangsness. Shemar Moore, a member of the original cast, left the show this season. "All of us at Criminal Minds are sad to say 'see you later' to Agent Derek Morgan. Even sadder that our friend Shemar Moore isn't on set anymore. It was definitely a »
CBS has renewed Joe Mantegna drama “Criminal Minds” for Season 12. Currently in its 11th season, the procedural still draws just over 12 million total viewers per episode — good enough to be a Top 10 drama. “Criminal Minds” averages a 2.8 rating/9 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic — that’s second-best for CBS. Those numbers are per Nielsen’s “most current” ratings metric, which counts seven-day delayed viewing where available. Also Read: Ratings: 'Criminal Minds' Finale Carries CBS Past Fox's 'Empire'-Led Lineup in Viewers Beyond Mantegna, the show also stars Thomas Gibson, Matthew Gray Gubler, A.J. Cook and Kirsten Vangsness. Mark Gordon, »
- Tony Maglio
“Criminal Minds” has finally been renewed for the 2016-2017 season, Variety has learned.
The long-running police procedural sat on the bubble, while CBS had given early renewals to many other staples on the schedule, but the Season 12 pickup was just a matter of time. Sources tell Variety that “Criminal Minds,” which is co-produced by ABC Studios, was was renewed at a lower license fee. Heading into its twelfth season, the procedural is expensive and financial discusses were reason for the holdup, as the show is a steady ratings performer.
The procedural had a strong finish to its eleventh season this Wednesday, as its 1.8 rating in adults 18-49 and nine million total viewers in same-day viewing matched its year-ago scores, even though it faced Fox’s megahit “Empire” this time around. The show is a top ten drama, averaging over 12 million viewers for Season 11, and ranks as CBS’s second highest-rated »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
It looks like Jj, Henry and Jack will need to hitch another ride.
In this exclusive sneak peek from the Season 11 finale of CBS’ Criminal Minds (airing Wednesday at 9/8c), Hotch (played by Thomas Gibson) is getting ready to give Jj (A.J. Cook) and their respective rugrats a ride to work/school when they get a most unexpected visitor (and worse, one that doesn’t knock) — an entire, surly Swat team!
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In the season-ending episode “Storm,” Hotch is apprehended and suspected of conspiracy, prompting the team »
Setting the stage for the fan favorite’s latest encore: Interpol agent Emily Prentiss reunites with her Bau buds when evidence indicates that a serial killer she has been steadfastly tracking overseas has set up shop Stateside.
“She has been dealing with a copycat killer that she came really close to catching in London, »
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