A.J. Cook in Talks to Rejoin CRIMINAL MINDS; Showrunner Ed Bernero Leaving


It sounds like CRIMINAL MINDS producers may have realized they made a mistake letting A.J. Cook go. Deadline reports that she is in talks to return to the CBS drama next season as a series regular. She received an offer from the show last week after producers came up with new ideas for her character, JJ.

When Cook left Criminal Minds early this season because her option wasn’t picked up, JJ was transferred from the BAU to the Pentagon. She was not seen again until Paget Brewster’s final episode last month.

Meanwhile, Brewster is currently at work on the NBC pilot My Life as an Experiment, but if that project is not ordered to series, Criminal Minds apparently has an option on her that they very well might exercise. That would restore the show’s cast to what it was at the end of last season, assuming current negotiations with Thomas Gibson and Shemar Moore go well. None of this bodes well for Rachel Nichols’ character, by the way.

In some behind the scenes upheaval, Criminal Minds is changing showrunners. Ed Bernero, who has run the show since its inception, is leaving and executive producer Erica Messer will take over.

So, what do you think, Criminal Minds fans? Assuming the negotiations go well, will getting JJ back make you happy?