I can’t tell you how much I hate writing that. There was talk that this might not be Emily Prentiss/Paget Brewster’s final episode since behind the scenes, TPTB (the powers that be) were trying to sign her on as a regular next season. But Brewster was on the pilot circuit looking for a comedy. Luckily for us Prentiss fans, Brewster hadn’t signed on with any pilot, until the end of last week. Brewster signed on to play the female lead in the Jack Black produced NBC comedy, My Life as an Experiment. Now we can take this a few ways:
- All hope for CM is lost because she is signed to do the pilot for NBC next season
- All hope for CM is NOT lost because just because she signed up for a pilot doesn’t mean it will be picked up and she could still be back on CM.
- She’s still pissed about the way CBS/CM handled AJ’s departure and hers and therefore will never be back
- She’s still pissed but is trying the pilot circuit and if it doesn’t work out she could still go back to CM with a cast she loves
What does all this mean? It means I have no idea what is going to happen. My gut tells me that she must be really angry still about CBS/CM’s treatment of her and therefore had no problem leaving and trying something new. Why else would she leave a hit show that was trying to bring her back to try to be on a comedy on NBC? Has she watched any of the NBC comedies lately? Yikes. It could also be money. They may want her back but on the cheap to which I don’t blame her for saying “up yours” if that’s the case.
The crappy part of the whole thing is that the people who lose the most? The fans. Paget Brewster is fantastic so she will be fine and be a big success because she is so talented. CM will plug right along being one of network TV’s most popular shows. But the fans have now lost two favorite, beloved characters from this show. Three if you count Mandy Patinkin’s Jason Gideon. I don’t count Lola Glaudini’s Elle Greenaway because no one seemed to like her character. And now there are rumors of Thomas Gibson and Shemar Moore’s contracts (which are up at the end of this season) being far apart in the negotiations with TPTB. That’s really not good. L&O had survived many seasons with rotating casts but I’m not sure CM can. Emily was a great replacement for Elle. But IMO, Rossi (Joe Montegna) still hasn’t been able to fill Gideon’s shoes. As much as I love the actor, he is no Jason Gideon. And Ashley Seaver (Rachel Nichols) hasn’t struck a cord AT ALL with fans. Actually I take that back…she has struck a resounding NEGATIVE cord with fans. So CM has been going in the wrong direction with the new cast members it has brought on board. In fairness to Seaver/Nichols, she hasn’t been on-screen that much to create a connection and the creative team doesn’t seem to know what to do with her yet, therefore how can they expect the fans base to relate to her. I guess time will tell but it isn’t good so far.
With Emily going away (I am going to assume for good until I hear her pilot wasn’t picked up) and Gibson and Moore’s contacts being up in the air, how would you feel about an overhaul of the cast of CM? You would basically have Matthew Gray Gubler (yum) and Kristen Vangsness as the only original cast left if Gibson and Moore leave as well. I wouldn’t like that at all. You might as well move Gubler and Vangsness to CM: Suspect Behavior and go with only one of those shows (and Vangsness is already on that show anyway.) But what are your thoughts?
Either way, Emily’s last episode (as far as we know) is tonight. Check out the promo below and bring your Kleenex tonight at 9pm on CBS. And don’t forget, JJ returns and Gubler is directing this final episode for Paget!!!