'Criminal Minds' welcomes back an old face for a finale that wraps a tumultuous year
Two high profile actresses have been bounced from the series this season… but was it for good?
Behind-the-scenes and in front of the camera, the sixth season of “Criminal Minds” has seen shake ups that have had as much impact as when series lead Mandy Pantinkin left before season three.
First off, audiences were shocked to learn that season six would see the last appearances of AJ Cook as SSA Media Liason Jennifer “JJ” Jareau and Paget Brewster as Supervisory Special Agent Emily Prentiss.
Not only that, but this season also saw the rise of a new spin-off, “Criminal Minds: Suspect Behaviour,” which caused tension for the original cast, who had to share their crew as well as actress Kirsten Vangsness with the new production. (Some have even speculated that mounting costs for ‘Suspect Behavior’ lead to the actresses’ dismissals.)
At the beginning of the season there was an emotion farewell for Cook, who was sent off in the episode “JJ,” when her character was railroaded into taking a new job at the Pentagon. However, JJ did return for another episode in season six, “Lauren,” which saw the departure of Brewster, when her character Prentiss faked her own death.
Now Cook, who was born in Oshawa, Ontario, is set to appear in the season six finale, with rumours suggesting that she will be re-joining the cast full-time for season seven.
And because Brewster’s character isn’t actually “dead,” it’s very likely that she could return to the series as well. Rumours suggest that the producers are waiting to see if NBC picks up her new sitcom “My Life as an Experiment.”
During an interview with Zap2it.com, series star Joe Mantegna describes the changes.
“Things happen, things change, and some things return to the way they were. We even deal with it in the show. As opposed to one of those dramatic ‘Who died in the explosion?’ cliffhangers, the season's last episode is more reflective than that.”
The season six finale, “Supply & Demand,” airs Wednesday, May 18 on /A\ and will be available online at CTV.ca. In the episode, the bodies of two missing persons are found in the truck of a car, and the BAU suspects an interstate human trafficking ring at work. Meanwhile, Hotch also warns the teams that there’s also going to be big changes in the works.
Don’t forget, you can watch all of the CTV season finales online in the “Season Finale Screening Room.”
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