The news that Paget Brewster will return to the cast of Criminal Minds in Season 7 gave many fans reason to cheer. But executive producer Erica Messer's reaction was more a sigh of a relief.
Paget Brewster returns to Criminal Minds; Rachel Nichols to exit
And for good reason. Messer, who will officially handle showrunner duties this season, is coming off a Season 6 that was rocked by the never-fully-explained cutting of two fan favorites, Brewster and A.J. Cook, from the cast. But with both women now back on board, Messer says she's excited to move forward.
"It feels rewarding," she tells TVGuide.com exclusively. "This team works well together and now we can get on with telling the stories that have kept us going for six seasons...