It’s a case of good news/bad news for Criminal Minds fans, who had been rallying to keep co-stars A.J. Cook and Paget Brewster on the show. Brewster just closed a deal to return to the veteran CBS crime drama, and she will be in the majority of episodes next season. But I hear it will be her last season on the show. And Cook, whose option for next season was not picked up, will be gone after wrapping her character’s storyline in 2 episodes early in the season.
I hear Brewster’s pact is for “10 out of 13″, which means that, extrapolated over the 22-episode season, she will be in at least 17 episodes. The actress had been approached to continue as a regular on the show but for a reduced number of episodes; now the reduction seems to be pretty small. Meanwhile, Cook this afternoon tweeted the news that she will be doing two final episodes of Criminal Minds next season. “Thanks for your undying support but it’s a done deal,” Cook wrote. “Excited for what’s next.” As planned, Criminal Minds will introduce a new female regular sometime next season.
UPDATE SATURDAY 1PM: Brewster today also took to Twitter to comment on the resolution, hinting that the fans’ campaign, including an online petition that has gathered more than 42,000 signatures, may have helped in keeping her on the show for so many episodes and bringing Cook back to get a resolution for her character. She also confirmed this will be her final season on Criminal Minds. “So how do I thank 42,309 people,” Brewster wrote. “It worked. Thank you for helping and supporting me and AJ.” She quickly followed up with another tweet: “I should clarify. I am immensely grateful. I’m still angry about AJ. I’m sad this is my last year.”