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!