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Some very interested news for Criminal Minds fans!

We know from the season finale from last week that AJ Cook was back on board the show for next season, but not only that – it has been revealed that Paget Brewster, despite ‘exiting’ the show this season, has inked a new deal to return next season. And as expected, Paget’s reprisal of her character as Emily Prentis means newcomer Rachel Nichols is out.¬†Unfortunately¬†for Nichols, I doubt many Criminal Minds fans will be upset about her parting the show as many saw her character as a replacement for the other two women. That being said, Nichols has the blockbuster Conan the Barbarian with co stars Rose McGowan and Jason Mamoa coming out shortly, and her departure from the show leaves her to carry on what I expect to be a pretty successful movie career.

As for Criminal Minds, well I think you’d be hard pushed to find anyone who is unhappy to see Paget and AJ return! Last season sort of feels like a bad dream, one I’m sure we’ll all forget when the gangs all back together!

Paget Brewster and AJ Cook with co-star (it feels so good to be able to say that again!) Kristen Vangness

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Criminal Minds. A small little show (at least this side of the pond) about a special team of FBI agents who catch serial killers by profiling them.

NB. Profiling: noun; recording a person’s behaviour and analysing psychological characteristics in order to predict or assess their ability in a certain sphere or to identify a particular group of people.

See reading my blog can be nonsensical educational from time to time.

So where am I going with this? I’m not afraid to admit, I have watched (and sometimes rewatched) every single Criminal minds episode. And I love it. I love how dark it can be, I love that after nearly seven season’s I can still be surprised. That being said, none of the fire setting, necrophilia loving and human doll making UnSub’s surprised me more than the downright bold move made by the production team when they fired – yes you heard me right FIRED long standing cast member AJ Cook, and cut short the screen time of actress Paget Brewster – both of whom were the backbone of the show and two of my personal favourites. 

Why? Well according to the shows producers, cut backs had to be made to save money. I guess it turns out the recession even hit show business. Forgive me if I’m being a pessimist here, but why did they decide that it was a good idea to more than halve the number of female cast members? Why did they think that it was okay to cut a character who has been in the show since almost the very first ep? And why did they think if was okay to do this and then introduce a new [very similar character in every way] just days after losing one of their primary cast members. If it was about saving money, save it – don’t then turn round and say oh no we’re a character short, we need a new female agent – just don’t get RID of the first character in the first place!

Phew – rant over. This was a move obviously greatly opposed by pretty much the entire population of fans, let alone female fans. I can’t help think that there was some level of sexism involved. Paget, despite not being fired and just having her episodes cut, decided to do the honourable thing and quit on her own accord. Given they had already pretty much told her how worthless her role was in their eyes – you can hardly blame her. It may be just me, but I always thought that when cutbacks are made on shows, the last in is the first out. The last in was SSA David Rossi, played by Joe Mantegna. Don’t get me wrong, I like his character and I always get a kick out of hearing Fat Tony off the Simpson’s solving crimes. But in a business sense, he would be the logical choice to go – not fan favourite AJ Cook. And the fact that two women were picked to lighten the load cash wise, just seems wrong to me. The way that the writers wrote off AJ’s character JJ showed they agreed with the fact it was an odd move, showing an episode filled with, “You can’t go, were a family and we don’t work without you” and “Why would they do this to us…!” Yadda yadda. 

So why am I talking about this now? AJ Cook came back for Paget’s final episode which aired last night in the US. I kind of loved the metaphorical meaning behind the end of that episode. The two of them sitting together in a cafe in France, like that’s were they were looking for work since they got canned. It seemed fitting that it was JJ who knew Prentis wasn’t dead. And I can’t help thinking that if the next season of Criminal Minds bombs they’ll be begging Paget Brewster to come back – and she’ll be laughing all the way to the bank as I hear she’s taking her pride of place back in comedy. Let’s be honest, I love Criminal Minds. But I can’t help thinking Paget was almost doing them a favour by being there. Like she was just too good for it. Criminal Minds was holding her back, and it is in comedy that she’s at her best. As for AJ Cook, she belongs in either her own show – something that mixes sassyness with drama – or back in movies (Final Destination 2 was highly underrated!).

Whatever ends up happening, needless to say I am not worried about either actress. I can’t say the same thing about the next season of the show though. I hope it doesn’t bomb, because Lord knows it still has a great cast. But it’s likely it will be a shadow of it’s former self with too many vital cast members falling by the way side.  

NB. It always annoyed me that the male cast were so often at the front of the group in group pictures. Foreshadowing perhaps?!