Paget Brewster is returning to Criminal Minds for the show’s 200th episode later this season, TVGuide.com has learned.
“Our 200th episode is going to be a special show,” executive producer and showrunner Erica Messer said in a statement. “We can’t imagine telling this story without Paget being present.”
The 200th episode will shed light on JJ’s (A.J. Cook) year in the State Department during Season 6 and the case she worked on with new BAU section chief Matt Cruz (Esai Morales), who will make his debut in the fourth episode. “[Episode] 200 is flashback-heavy, but with things fans who’ve watched all 199 will be happy with,” Messer told TVGuide.com last week. “Our goal is to reward everyone who’s been with us for 200 episodes.”
Brewster left Criminal Minds at the end of Season 7 with Prentiss having left the BAU for an Interpol job in London. She briefly departed the show the season before after CBS reduced her episode count and she chose instead to leave to film a comedy pilot. However, CBS rehired Brewster, along with Cook who had been dropped, for Season 7 after her pilot wasn’t picked up.
I have added hd logo less captures from last night’s season nine premiere episode entitled “The Inspiration” to the gallery!
I was at work most of the day so didn’t get to post this up immediately but my friend Brittany conducted a interview with AJ that went live earlier this morning where she talks about Criminal Minds.
Since it airs on the same network as NCIS and CSI, you’d be forgiven for not recognizing what a juggernaut Criminal Minds is. The serial killer-hunting drama returns tonight for its ninth season, and longtime cast member A.J. Cook – who plays Special Agent Jennifer “J.J.” Jareau – joined BFTV last week to preview the opening episodes and discuss how the pull-no-punches procedural has stayed on the air for about three times as long as most shows.
“I feel like our viewers have really come to love these characters,” she theorized, “and I feel like our show is not overly publicized, so I think it’s something that people have sort of come across, maybe in syndication, and they have sort of fallen in love with it – because it’s literally on 24/7! I feel like they have a connection to these characters, and they love all of the characters. It’s good old-fashioned ‘good guy chasing the bad guy’ stories.”
Looking ahead to season nine, “We’re coming back strong,” A.J. continued. “We’re pretty much picking up where we left off. We’re still recovering from the death of [Erin] Strauss and Hotch is acting as section chief in her place until they find out who the new chief is going to be. We have Camryn Manheim guest starring in the first two episodes. It’s a two-parter. She plays the mother of an Unsub, and she’s very protective. It’s an interesting storyline there.”
“There’s some really great action in the premiere,” she revealed. “We got to do this fun car chase. Shemar [Moore] and myself, we are sort of weaving in and out of traffic. We almost get hit by a truck. That was actually Shemar driving – and I think you can see it in my face. Fearing for my life, holding onto the car like my life depended on it! But that was a lot of fun. I love doing action stuff.”
“I think season nine is really about the fans and the people who’ve stuck by us this whole time,” she continued. “I hope everyone enjoys it. We’re going to learn a lot about J.J., but we’re going to learn a lot about all of our characters. It’s going to be a really exciting season, and it’s for the fans. They’re going to recognize things and say ‘Oh, I remember that. Oh, that makes sense now.’”
Source – Read the entire interview here!
The first one-sheet has arrived for the new flick from the makers of the much reviled film The Devil Inside, entitled WER, and we have it for you right here, free of ticks, fleas, and any other pests that bother things with fur.
A.J. Cook (“Criminal Minds”), Simon Quarterman (The Devil Inside), Vik Sahay (“Chuck”) and Brian J. O’Connor (Epic Movie) to round out the main cast of the werewolf flick being directed by William Brent Bell (The Devil Inside).
Steven Schneider, producer of The Devil Inside, The Tall Man and the Paranormal Activity films, is producing the film with Matthew Peterman (who wrote the screenplay) and Morris Paulson through their production company Prototype. Robert Hall and his newly re-branded Almost Human Inc. is tackling the makeup and visual effects for WER.
The flick tells the story of a defense attorney named Kate Moore (A.J. Cook) who has set out to clear the name of a suspect in a brutal murder case. The lead, Talan, is accused of murdering an American family. While Talan appears to be gentle on the surface, his attorney soon learns that Talan is actually a werewolf.
Criminal Minds’ ninth season, premiering Sept. 25, “is shaping up to be the season of J.J.,” reports A.J. Cook of her character, who was written out of the CBS procedural during Season 6. (Fan backlash led to Cook’s rehiring for Season 7.) “We’re going to use the serendipitous gift of Season 6 to explain with flashbacks what happened when she was working for the Pentagon and why she came back as a much tougher character. I’ve never had a chance to flex my acting muscles like this on the show!”
J.J.’s missing year involves new recurring character FBI agent Mateo Cruz (Esai Morales), who debuts this fall. “They share a pretty dark secret that comes back to haunt them,” says Cook, hinting that J.J.’s happy marriage to Will (Josh Stewart) could be threatened. “People are going to be confused and angry, but it’s all going to make beautiful sense to our audience when we explain it in our 200th episode.” That show, tentatively scheduled to air Feb. 5, will also feature appearances by characters long absent from the series.