The great news when it comes to Criminal Minds is that you’ve got the fantastic Paget Brewster back on the scene! The bad news is that it’s come in the midst of all sorts of cast upheaval. Over the past couple of years, we’ve seen the departures of Shemar Moore, Thomas Gibson, and most-recently Damon Gupton; of the three, Moore was the only one who left of their own accord.
For Paget, her situation returning to the show is a little unique in which she was already set to appear in a guest arc before Gibson was dismissed; however, after his exit happened she received the series-regular promotion. This offered her a chance to reunite with many of her close friends after a four-year absence as a main character. She did some great stuff during that break, including a great arc near the end of Community.
Speaking to TVLine while promoting her Poison Ivy voice role in Batman and Harley Quinn, she explained that “replacing” Gibson was the biggest disadvantage that came with getting an opportunity to come back on the show:
“The con was the situation in which it happened, which was Thomas Gibson no longer being with the show. That was unfortunate.”
Brewster also noted in the interview that “it’s always hard when someone is gone, whether by choice or not by their choice… but it’s the same as any job … you roll with it.”
Following the departure of Gupton from the show, Criminal Minds is bringing over Daniel Henney from the now-canceled Beyond Borders spin-off as a new regular. Hopefully, the new lineup (which also includes Adam Rodriguez, who was hired before Paget signed on again as a regular last year) is the one that sticks around for a while. This is a show that has played casting musical chairs for longer than we can remember.
Maybe in some ways all of the cast turnaround is an accurate reflection of life, where people often do come and go from their jobs; unfortunately, it’s also made it rather difficult on the show to build more of an established audience the past few years. If you are watching a crime procedural, odds are that one of the things that you enjoy about it the most is the comfort-food factor. You want to know that the same people are going to be there year after year as you relax and watch familiar faces kick butt against some bad guys.
There’s already one big change with Criminal Minds moving back an hour to 10:00 p.m. Eastern this fall; hopefully this, coupled with Henney’s addition, are the only major alterations to the formula that we see within the next year. Keep most of the other surprises wedged within the stories.
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