Alex O'Loughlin

It's not the series that long ago was promised to him through a CBS talent deal, but it's something.

Alex O'Loughlin is returning to CBS by way of a guest-starring gig on Criminal Minds.

The Moonlight star, a show rep confirms for TVGuide.com, will play a serial killer in a late-April episode that's got something extra going for it besides a dreamy Aussie. The outing will be told from the point of view of the baddie, as his latest crime and its ensuing manhunt unfolds.

At last month's Winter TCA Press Tour, CBS entertainment chief Nina Tassler had indicated that O'Loughlin fans might see him back on their screens soon, though the ideal, of course, is for the actor to front his own series again. But we just checked in (again) for any movement on O'Loughlin's talent deal with the Eye, and there is still nothing to report.

Baby steps, people. Baby steps.

This news was first reported by EW's Ausiello.