‘Criminal Minds’: Paget Brewster Becomes Series Regular Again On CBS Drama

After returning to Criminal Minds for multiple episodes for this upcoming season, popular former cast member Paget Brewster has been upped to a regular. She is reprising her role as SSA Emily Prentiss, joining the BAU when they need her most, with the escape of 13 serial killers. Her first episode is tentatively scheduled to air Wednesday, October 12.

Brewster’s promotion follows the recent dismissal of original Criminal Minds cast member Thomas Gibson. The series is in the process of boosting its regular ranks.

“We’re all so excited to have Paget with us full time,” said Criminal Minds executive producer/showrunner Erica Messer. “The BAU family has definitely missed her, on screen and off. Having her back on set has been great, it’s like she never left.”

Brewster, who became available after the end of her Fox comedy series Grandfathered, left Criminal Minds at the end of Season 7 in 2012 after six seasons as a regular on the show to pursue half-hour comedy, doing multiple pilots and series. She then returned for Criminal Minds‘ 200th episode during the 2013-14 season and again for an episode last season.

Brewster’s 2012 departure capped a roller-coaster 2 years for her on the show. In the summer of 2010, she was asked to continue on Criminal Minds in a reduced capacity. Brewster ended up being in every episode until she left to do a pilot. Because of the uncertainty surrounding the pilot at the time, she shot a cliff-hanger ending for her character in the Season 6 finale. When the pilot didn’t get picked up, she was enlisted for the seventh season of Criminal Minds. The actress left at the end of that season when her contract was up.

Criminal Minds is produced by ABC Studios in association with CBS Television Studios. Its 12th season premieres on Wednesday, September 28.

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  1. Morganon Aug 30, 2016 11:21 am

    And that takes care of the empty spot left by Thomas Gibson’s departure. I hope Brewster gets the same pay as Gibson did!

    • on Aug 30, 2016 1:28 pm

      They need to bring back Thomas Gibson.

      • on Aug 30, 2016 2:12 pm

        Yes they do

      • on Aug 30, 2016 2:16 pm

        They need to bring Derek Emily and hotch back.

        • Paulon Aug 30, 2016 7:06 pm


  2. on Aug 30, 2016 11:23 am

    Thank you Paget!

  3. HAPon Aug 30, 2016 11:25 am

    Figured this would happen, especially after Grandfathered got canceled.

    • Shellyon Aug 30, 2016 12:41 pm

      And that was my favorite show from last season :( She was hilarious in it.

  4. Robbereyon Aug 30, 2016 11:34 am

    Just means, they are not able to get anyone else. Nobody beside those who already know them, wants to work with this producers.

  5. on Aug 30, 2016 11:36 am

    So there’s some spare wages after Gibson made sure he got fired.

  6. djariyaon Aug 30, 2016 11:41 am

    Good move bringing her back. My guess is Prentiss will likely become the new leader of the BAU.

  7. beastfanon Aug 30, 2016 11:53 am

    Now, get Shemar back and I will be a happy camper

    • on Aug 30, 2016 4:21 pm

      Shar Moore back please

  8. on Aug 30, 2016 12:12 pm

    Emily and hotch is the best team members on the team we need them back please bring them back

  9. E Lon Aug 30, 2016 12:16 pm

    Hope she enjoys the paycheck while she can … without Gibson the show’s going in the toilet.

  10. E Lon Aug 30, 2016 12:20 pm

    She should enjoy the paycheck while she can … the show’s going in the toilet without Gibson.

  11. Isabelleon Aug 30, 2016 12:33 pm

    Shame on you Paget !

    • JKon Sep 1, 2016 3:29 pm

      No, shame on YOU. She’s not doing anything wrong. She’s an actress accepting a job offer. Thomas Gibson’s dismissal had nothing to do with her and unless you were on that set when it happened, you have no idea whether it was justified for not. She was already booked for a guest arc. Now there’s a hole in the cast and she’s stepping in to fill it. It’s the best solution to an unfortunate situation. How dare you go after her for it.

  12. on Aug 30, 2016 12:34 pm

    So happy!!!! She should be unit chief since she was in charge at Interpol in London

  13. Ivan Bozovon Aug 30, 2016 1:11 pm

    Great news. Love her, hope she’ll be main cast soon.

  14. Sean Moranon Aug 30, 2016 1:23 pm

    Sounds like a great gal- to help out the producers whne they have been less than lovely to her

  15. on Aug 30, 2016 2:26 pm

    Bring back Gibson and Morgan then we will watch again

  16. Kilgore Trouton Aug 30, 2016 3:55 pm

    I’m happy that Paget will be back – I always loved her on this show and I’ve enjoyed her work in several projects since. Hopefully this means that Prentiss will step in as Unit Chief. I also hope this means CBS offered her an extremely generous deal considering their past treatment of her.

    Still, I have a feeling that S12 will be the the series’ last; the whole concept of recapturing fan-favorite unsubs feels like the setup for a grand finale. I felt that way when watching the S11 closer, and now with Gibson’s unexpected departure, I think this could really be the case.

  17. on Aug 30, 2016 4:00 pm

    Bring back Shemar Moore, he was really good.

  18. Doug Whiteon Aug 30, 2016 4:12 pm

    Glad she is coming back. She is very good. However AJ Cook is the reason I watch the show. Would not want to see JJ taking the boss role because she is is the only one strong enough to beat up the bad guys. So give JJ Gibson’s pay.

  19. on Aug 30, 2016 5:36 pm

    So I was a bit upset when CBS fired Hotch from Criminal Minds – I am still upset but my pain has been eased considerably with this news – Emily is back full time!!!

  20. on Aug 30, 2016 6:26 pm

    Love Prentiss, but the show needs
    Hotch. Surviving without Morgan is going to be tough enough. With
    Prentiss back and Hotch, maybe after a two episode suspension, all will be okay.

  21. on Aug 30, 2016 7:37 pm

    Why fire Hotch, he is the show and after all the crap going on. Maybe you should fired him too, because it takes two before you fire thomas gibson you should have investigate more, before moving quickly. From what i hear this writer has suspended from another. All i can say is DAMN

  22. on Aug 30, 2016 7:46 pm

    If this show was a dog, it would have been put down long ago.

  23. Susion Aug 30, 2016 8:57 pm

    Hope the show gets canceled, it has become a complete farce! #NoHotchNoWatch

  24. MereMortalon Aug 31, 2016 12:06 am

    If you aren’t going to watch then good for you. Don’t watch. Most of you are going to watch just like the rest of us. I really think that some of you need to grow up! Thomas Gibson has three strikes. Battery on 2 people plus a DWI. His anger may be related to his drinking. How many people is he allowed to hit before action is taken. It really doesn’t matter how good he is in his role! What happens next time? Or the time after that? Just like that Naomi Campbell. How many times is she allowed to go off on people? She needs to be fired along with lots more Actors, Pro Atheletes and Rappers/Singers that pull this type of behavior. They think they are untouchable so the keep doing what they are doing. If they were mere mortals like the rest of us, they would be sitting in jail.

  25. on Aug 31, 2016 7:26 am

    Want show survive,need bring back Shemar Moore.Season5 he eas head of bau,he be great again.Should do what ever takes,get him back.Offer him top pay, he cant refuse.ratings go threw roof.He got more fans then you know.