Criminal Minds is going to be back on the 30th September for its 11th season. With Jennifer Love Hewitt and A.J Cook out on maternity leave, fans can expect some old faces to return and some new faces to join the star cast.
Criminal Minds Season 1 was a tough one for Jennifer Love Hewitt’s Kate Callahan. She had to go through the harrowing time of her niece getting abducted and was also expecting a child. The writers created her plot in a way that Callahan decides to take time off the FBI Behavioral Analyst Unit, so that she can focus on her baby and family.
In reality Jennifer Love Hewitt has gone a maternity leave to give birth and be a hands-on mother to her second child. She knows that being a mother is a full time job. She has been a full time mother to her first born and wants to do the same for the second child as well and hence has decided to take a break from Criminal Minds Season 11.
Criminal Minds created by Erica Messer, who is also the producer of the series has said that the series doesn’t kill off the characters that are leaving them or taking a break from work. They modify their story in such a way that they always have the scope to return back to the series.
It is not known when Jennifer Love Hewitt will be joining the show, but Messer has confirmed that A.J Cook will be reprising her role in the second half of Criminal Minds Season 11.
With Jennifer Love Hewitt and A.J Cook on a break, the team at BAU is short of hands and they will add two faces to fill in the gap. An old face that has been missing from Criminal Minds is set to return, along with a new addition to the star cast.
Movie News Guide has confirmed that Paget Brewster will be back on the show to play the role of Agent Emily Prentiss. Brewster will be joined by Aisha Tyler in the upcoming season. Tyler will play the role of Dr. Tara Lewis.
Dr. Tara Lewis has a psychological background and her study in psychological has created in her a desire to meet psychopaths face to face and study them. Her association with the FBI has enabled her to know some of these monsters.
Messer has confirmed with Entertainment Weekly that the show isn’t replacing Jennifer Love Hewitt and A.J Cook, but adding new members to the team to give the audience something new for the upcoming season. The old characters that have left are not dead and they can return to reprise their role any time they want to.
Messer said that the show has been on for over 10 years and it is but natural that the face of the BAU will change. There will be members who will go on to be parts of other FBI departments and new faces will come to join in. It is not natural for an agent to continue in one particular unit for such a long time.
With Criminal Minds just two months away, the cast members are going to sit for their first reading for Season 11 sometime this very week. Aaron Hotchner (Thomas Gibson) and his team mates are back to work and this time they hope to deliver the best season Criminal Minds has seen so far.