Criminal Minds is making a small change to the cast-list this season, adding Paget Brewster as a series regular. CBS confirmed that Brewster will be listed as a series regular on the show, the actor was already confirmed to guest star in multiple episodes. While it may be a small change, it does mean that we will be seeing a lot more of Brewster in the new season, which is always great news for fans of the popular series.
Brewster isn’t new to the show, she will be reprising her role as SSA Emily Prentiss. For fans of the Prentiss, they can catch her first episode to air Wednesday, Oct. 12 (9:00-10:00 PM), on CBS. While that is the current air-date for the new episode, it could change depending on scheduling factors leading into the fall schedule.
“We’re all so excited to have Paget with us full time,” said Erica Messer, Executive Producer/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.” The series itself is produced by ABC Studios in association with CBS Television Studios.
The show will return for a twelfth season on September 28, 2016. If you are new to the show, it revolves around an elite team of FBI profilers who analyze the country’s most twisted criminal minds. The team is tasked with anticipating their next moves before they strike again. The Behavioral Analysis Unit’s most experienced agent is David Rossi, a founding member of the BAU, who is essential in helping the team solve new cases.
The BAU team is lead by Special Agent Aaron Hotchner, a strong profiler who is able to gain people’s trust and unlock their secrets. Other members include Special Agent Dr. Spencer Reid, a classically misunderstood genius whose social IQ is as low as his intellectual IQ is high; Jennifer “J.J.” Jareau, the team’s former unit liaison-turned-profiler who juggles motherhood and marriage with the same skill as solving cases; Penelope Garcia, the team’s indispensible computer wizard who helps research the cases with her unique charm; Dr. Tara Lewis, a forensic psychologist whose expertise is studying and interviewing serial killers after they’re captured to determine if they are able to stand trial; and Luke Alvez, a former Army ranger and excellent tracker recruited to the BAU from the FBI’s Fugitive Task Force. As the team evolves together, the BAU continues its dedication to using their expertise to pinpoint predators’ motivations and identify their emotional triggers in the attempt to stop them.