Her role in the show's sixth seasonwas reduced, for what Brewster believed to be financial reasons. On top of that, it was also decided that Paget Brewster’s role would be cut down significantly. Her final episode as a main cast member was the May 16, 2012 episode "Run." Sign up and add shows to get the latest updates about your favorite shows - Start Now. Her friend Matthew Bent… "I love that I've been able to do other stuff. Almost a year after the role reduction for Brewster was announced – and following the departure of AJ Cook from the series – it was revealed that Brewster would also be leaving the series. The initial plan was for Brewster — who has twice returned since leaving after Season 7, most recently in March — to recur in six episodes, with the possibility of more in the back half of the season. "I was on Grandfathered and that didn't get picked up, but that's how these things work. I love the cast and the crew. 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Here's what other shows ranked in the top 10, Find great recommendations for shows like Virgin River, The Big Bang Theory, Vikings, and more, Grab a donut and settle down with these arresting cop shows, If your kids will let you have the remote, that is. ", Prentiss returns to the BAU to help out after Hotch (Gibson) is assigned a TDY ("temporary duty," if you're not familiar with FBI lingo), and doesn't exactly get off on the right foot with newbie Alvez (Adam Rodriguez). It's such a great group there. As a reunion of sorts, AJ Cook returned to Criminal Minds for Brewster’s final episode, and the producers made sure that Brewster’s character arc allowed for her to possibly return. Her return was made possible only after her Fox comedy Grandfathered was canceled after one season in May. In \"Demonology\", she reveals that from wanting to fit in, she became pregnant as a teenager in Rome. Even though the loss of Bernero from the series will certainly be felt, Criminal Minds still retains a great team of writers and producers that know how to make the series work as successfully as it has in the past. What do you think of the premiere? "It's a true family. A one-stop shop for all things video games. I'm able to do Another Period and Drunk History ... so I said I would love to and I said I really want to work with Aisha [Tyler], so if we can make a deal.". You can see photos from the Criminal Minds Season 7 premiere below: Criminal Minds season 7 premieres September 21 @9pm, As Screen Rant's television editor, Anthony gets yelled at by fans of every television show on the air. The episode, entitled “It Takes A Village”, will mark the official return of Paget Brewster (as Emily Prentiss) to the Criminal Minds family. Brewster reprise… "I left at the right time for the right reason, but I love those guys. As Criminal Minds season 6 came to a close, a cliffhanger hinted that Hotchner (Thomas Gibson) may not return. (Full disclosure: TVGuide.com is owned by CBS.). With all that craziness over, we are now a month away from the Criminal Minds season 7 premiere, and things have somewhat returned to normal. When Criminal Minds returns this fall for its seventh season, fans can rest easy knowing that familiar faces will be returning for good. You may unsubscribe at any time. I never, ever written it off like, 'Oh, I'll never do that again.' Criminal Minds contacted me and said, 'Would you come back?'" It's safe to assume Prentiss' decision to leave Interpol and stay at the BAU is related to Hotch's ultimate exit — and probably because she wants to take Sergio back from Garcia (Kirsten Vangsness). For some reason (likely to cut costs and move the series into a different direction), “the powers that be” initially decided that AJ Cook (as JJ Jareau) was no longer needed in the series. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. © 2020 TV GUIDE, A RED VENTURES COMPANY. ‘Criminal Minds’ Season 7 Premiere Review & Discussion When Criminal Minds returns this fall for its seventh season, fans can rest easy knowing that familiar faces will be returning for good. When she went to talk to her priest, he said that if she got an abortion, she would not be welcome in the church. "I came back whenever it was possible. Twitter: @anthonyocasio, All the latest gaming news, game reviews and trailers. Emily Prentiss is a fictional character on the CBS crime drama Criminal Minds, portrayed by Paget Brewster. "I would be happy to keep doing [the show] until something else comes up that I really want," Brewster says. After the continuous ousting of female cast members last year, the favored members of the BAU will be officially reunited in the Criminal Minds season 7 premiere. With Cook and Brewster being replaced by a new female character, Ashley Seaver (Rachel Nichols), some stability was restored to the hit CBS series – though fans were still wondering when/if their favorite characters would return. Brewster tells TVGuide.com. She was promoted to series regular in the wake of Thomas Gibson's firing in August, after already filming her first episode back. With Gibson willing to walk away from Criminal Minds, a flurry of decisions were made: Rachel Nichols was let go from the series, executive producer (and showrunner) Ed Bernero left Criminal Minds, AJ Cook and Paget Brewster were rehired, and Thomas Gibson renewed his contract. Kidding! "The fact of the matter of is, there really aren't that many shows that I love as much as Criminal Minds," Brewster, who talked to us before the cast shake-up and her promotion, says. See what the cast and crew have to say about Prentiss' return in the video above. It's the best situation I've ever been in. Prentiss first appeared in "The Last Word" (episode nine of season two), replacing Agent Elle Greenaway (Lola Glaudini), who had quit in "The Boogeyman". After the continuous ousting of female cast members last year, the favored members of the BAU will be officially reunited in the Criminal Minds season 7 premiere. While it's hard to tell exactly how things will play out in the upcoming season, the return of AJ Cook and Paget Brewster is certainly a step in the right direction. There are not families without problems, and people fight, but it's because we all care a lot about the show. Brewster returned to her role for the show's seventh season. For those unfamiliar with the Criminal Minds cast shake-up that occurred during the sixth season, allow me to fill you in. Or maybe, like Brewster, she just can't stay away from her fam. While all of this was occurring, both fans of the series and cast members still on the series were appropriately upset (read what series star Kirsten Vangsness said to us about this situation). By signing up, you agree to our Terms of Use and acknowledge the data practices in our Privacy Policy. Keep track of your favorite shows and movies, across all your devices. Criminal Minds airs Wednesdays at 9/8c on CBS. e-mail: anthony@screenrant.com "But what am I going to want more than Criminal Minds?". Emily Prentiss was born on October 12, 1970. Brewster reprises her role as Prentiss on Wednesday's episode, airing Oct. 12, which all die-hard Criminal Minds fans know is Prentiss' birthday (see: "Cold Comfort"). ‘Criminal Minds’ Season 7 Premiere Review & Discussion. Unfortunately, the return of Prentiss from the proverbial grave isn’t something that can simply stay within the confines of the FBI. Download the TV Guide app for iPhone, iPad and Android! It's not his fault that your favorite show is terrible. I love that show and I love our fans and I love everyone on it. Adam's a great guy and a great actor ... and [Alvez] is a great addition to the team. (kind of) ", Criminal Minds: Kirsten Vangsness gives us a set tour, pauses to mourn Morgan. Even when I left, I still cared about the show and everybody on it," she continues. Here's what you may have missed this week! You could say Paget Brewster's return to Criminal Minds was perfect timing. Due to her mother's diplomatic background, Prentiss traveled a lot when she was a child, living in several Middle Eastern countries and at one point in Rome.

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