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Criminal Minds Boss on JJ's "Heartbreaking" Secret and What's Next

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[WARNING: The following story contains spoilers about Wednesday's episode of Criminal Minds. Read at your own risk.]

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On the Set: Criminal Minds Celebrates 200 Episodes

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On Criminal Minds' Glendale, California, soundstage, cast members look far happier than they ever do on the show. A massive cake, spattered with fake blood splotches to commemorate the CBS series' 200th episode, rests before a podium as star Joe Mantegna, who plays Special Agent David Rossi, speaks triumphantly to the actors and crew. read more

Paget Brewster on Criminal Minds 200th Episode Return: "It Was Bittersweet"



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When Criminal Minds executive producer Erica Messer asked Paget Brewster to return for the show's 200th episode, there was only one option for the actress.

"I said yes right away — no question," Brewster tells TVGuide.com. "Erica called me directly before talking to any agent or executive or anything. She just called me up and said, 'Hey, we want to have people come back for the 200th.' I said, 'Absolutely. Whatever you want. I'm game. I'd love to.' I was really ...
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Criminal Minds: Where Is JJ?

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[WARNING: The following story contains spoilers about Wednesday's episode ofCriminal Minds. Read at your own risk.]
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Battlestar Alum Tahmoh Penikett to Play Someone From JJ's Past on Criminal Minds

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Tahmoh Penikett has landed a guest-starring role on Criminal Minds' 200th episode, TVGuide.com has confirmed.

The Battlestar Galactica and Dollhouse alum will play Michael Hastings, a former co-worker of... read more

Criminal Minds: Can JJ and Cruz Work Together?

A.J. Cook, Esai Morales

Erica Messer wants to set the record straight: JJ and Cruz are not having an affair on Criminal Minds.

"I'll say it again: They did not and are not having an affair," the showrunner tells TVGuide.com. "It only seems like they are."

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And don't JJ (A.J. Cook) and Cruz (Esai Morales) know it — the former especially. On Wednesday's episode (9/8c, CBS), Cruz returns to the show for the first time since he was suddenly named BAU ...
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Criminal Minds: Meet the New BAU Boss — What's His History with JJ?

A.J. Cook, Esai Morales

The BAU will get a new boss on Wednesday's Criminal Minds, but he's an old, familiar face to one person.

Unbeknownst to the rest of the team, JJ (A.J. Cook) has a history with newly instated section chief Mateo "Matt" Cruz (Esai Morales), with whom she worked at the State Department during her year away from the BAU. But don't think she recommended him for the vacated position (RIP Strauss!).

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"She is completely shocked he's there. She is flipping out!" Morales tells TVGuide.com. "It's kind of funny. He plays ...
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Paget Brewster Returning to Criminal Minds for 200th Episode

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Prentiss is back!

Paget Brewster is returning to Criminal Minds for the show's 200th episode later this season, TVGuide.com has learned.

"Our 200th episode is going to be a special show," executive producer and showrunner Erica Messer said in a statement. "We can't imagine telling this story without ...
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9 Teases for Criminal Minds Season 9: Flashbacks, the 200th Episode and... an Affair?!

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Criminal Minds showrunner Erica Messer can sum up Season 9 in one word: backstories. 

"That's our focus this year," she tells TVGuide.com. "We're telling backstories and origin stories. We want to give everybody some insight into our heroes because we give insight to the unsubs every week. We're going to hit 200 [episodes] and it feels like, 'Let's tell the audience things they never knew before.'"

That involves an old beau for Garcia (Kristen Vangsness), The Reaper (C. Thomas Howell) and Haley (Meredith Monroe) returning (but not from the dead), and filling in the blanks of JJ's (A.J. Cook) year in the State Department during Season 6 — with some help from new BAU section chief Matt Cruz (Esai Morales), with whom she worked there. What's the deal with those two? How does Garcia's ex come back into the picture? Get the scoop on the season below:

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Keck's Exclusives First Look: Criminal Minds Explores J.J.'s Gap Year

A.J Cook and Esai Morales

Criminal Minds' ninth season, premiering Sept. 25, "is shaping up to be the season of J.J.," reports A.J. Cook of her character, who was written out of the CBS procedural during Season 6. (Fan backlash led to Cook's rehiring for Season 7.) "We're going to use the serendipitous gift of Season 6 to explain with flashbacks what happened when she was working for the Pentagon and why she came back as a much tougher character. I've never had a chance to flex my acting muscles like this on the show!"

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