It has already been quite the big summer for “Criminal Minds,” at least if you are referring to the casting news that broke earlier this month. Jennifer Love Hewitt was a nice coup for the series in that it’s an opportunity to have an extremely well-known actor join your show fairly late in its run, and there really are not too many other programs out there than can tout to this. The only other great comparison that we can make, at least for the time being, is “CSI” being able to land Ted Danson as a regular pretty late into its run.
The show started off production this week, and while Hewitt herself has remained off of social media, some of her co-stars have been pretty quick to sing her praises. In a post on Twitter, Joe Mantegna (Rossi) said while at the read-through that she “fit right in and her character is the perfect addition” to the group. This is something that Mantegna probably knows a little bit about himself, having also joined the show prior to it beginning on CBS. (Granted, he started appearing only a couple of seasons in rather than more than 200 episodes down the road.)
In the time since “Criminal Minds’ started in 2005, Hewitt has starred in two other series that are both already over: “Ghost Whisperer” on CBS (which actually lasted a good five seasons), and also “The Client List” over on Lifetime. That show was canceled after a two-season following a string of creative differences. In the end, though, Hewitt clearly didn’t have much time to sit around and feel bad over it.