JJ Returns to Criminal Minds…For Good????

13 Apr

UPDATE: Thanks to loyal reader Allie, who brought to my attention that this news is even better than previously thought.   Not only has CM signed AJ for next season, she is signed for TWO MORE SEASONS!!!!   That’s right, AJ will be around through 2013!!!!   How excited are you???  I know I am thrilled!!!!

This is not a late April Fool’s Joke.   According to mega scooper Michael Ausiello, Criminal Minds is in the process of bringing back Jennifer Jarreu, aka JJ, aka A.J Cook as a full-time series regular for next season.  Can I get an Amen?   Amen!!!!     In other news, show runner Edward Bernero is subsequently leaving Criminal Minds.   EP Erica Messer is set to take over as the new show runner.

So what does all this mean?   It means JJ is back for good!!!!  It also mean Agent Ashley Seaver (Rachel Nichols) is probably going bye-bye.  Especially if Pager Brewster returns.  Right now, Brewster is set to star in a new NBC comedy called My Life as an Experiment.  If the pilot gets picked up for series, she is going to stick with it.  If it doesn’t, CM has picked up an option on her.  Meaning she would probably return to the show.   Can I get another Amen?   Amen!!!!!   So if Cook and Brewster return, there is no need for Agent Ashley.   No big loss since she hasn’t really hit it off with the fans.   But if Brewster’s pilot is picked up and she doesn’t return, Agent Ashley may stick around.  I still doubt it, but it bodes better for her.

On the uh-oh front, Thomas Gibson and Shemar Moore still have not signed their contracts.   Can I get a …. wait a minute.  They are NOT signed yet.   GULP!!  They are in negotiations so that is a good sign.   But CBS better find a way to keep Hotch and Morgan or the next unsub the CM team will be coming after is me!


Posted by on April 13, 2011 in Casting News, CBS


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6 responses to “JJ Returns to Criminal Minds…For Good????

  1. Allie

    April 16, 2011 at 10:48 am


  2. sportsattitudes

    April 18, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    This is great news. Was wondering why the door was left open for Brewster’s character and also how Cook’s character showed up to assist her “relocation.” Having them both back on the show would be great but at least AJ is on board.

    • fortheloveoftv

      April 18, 2011 at 11:40 pm

      Agreed. Fans were severely angered by Cooks departure and Brewster’s demotion this season. But usually fan reaction doesn’t have anything to do with network decisions. You know what they say, if you start listening to what the fans want and making decisions based off the fans, soon you’ll be sitting right with them! So I don’t know if AJ’s return is due to the fans or realizing they made a mistake. At this point, I’m just glad she’s back and I hope Paget follows her if her pilot doesn’t work out!

  3. Allie

    May 29, 2011 at 3:51 pm


    • fortheloveoftv

      May 30, 2011 at 10:47 am

      So excited about both!!! I never like to see anyone lose a job but Nichols wasn’t a good fit. Plus I would rather have Paget than Rachel!!


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