The BAU has a new boss.
NYPD Blue and Caprica star Esai Morales has joined Criminal Minds as the new BAU section chief, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.
Morales will recur as Matt Cruz, a longtime FBI agent who gets promoted to work with the BAU and has a previous professional relationship with JJ (A.J. Cook) that will be revealed as the season progresses. Might they have worked together during her stint in the Department of Defense?
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Morales will make his first appearance in the third episode of Season 9. Showrunner Erica Messer previously told TVGuide.com
that Hotch (Thomas Gibson
) would be acting section chief for the summer in the wake of the death of their former boss Strauss (Jayne Atkinson
) in the Season 8 finale.
Besides NYPD Blue
, Morales has appeared in Law & Order: SVU
and Burn Notice
, and co-starred in La Bamba
Season 9 of Criminal Minds
premieres Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 9/8c on CBS.
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