Jennifer Love Hewitt is returning to CBS as a series regular — this time among the cast of Criminal Minds. She will play seasoned undercover agent Katie Callahan — joining Joe Mantegna, Thomas Gibson, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, AJ Cook and Kirsten Vangsness; her character will be introduced in the series’ 10th season premiere, Wednesday, October 1.
“We’re thrilled to introduce a new special agent by adding the very talented Jennifer Love Hewitt to our amazing cast,” said executive producer and showrunner Erica Messer. “Many of us on the show have enjoyed working with her over the years and look forward to again. We have exciting storylines planned for her character and the entire BAU team as we head into our 10th season.”
For five seasons, Hewitt starred as Melinda Gordon in CBS’ Ghost Whisperer. After that, she starred in Lifetime’s The Client List, which that network, and Sony Pictures TV, canceled in lieu of a third season — reportedly not owing so much to its ratings, though they had slipped, as because of a creative standoff with Hewitt over storylines for a third season. Hewitt, who was an executive producer on the show, wanted Brian Hallisay, her real-life fiance at the time, and father of her baby, also play her character Riley’s baby daddy on the show, Deadline reported back then, adding that the issues eventually became too much for Lifetime and Sony TV, leading to the cancellation.