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Criminal Minds' Jeanne Tripplehorn: I Hope Fans Will Like Alex Blake

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Jeanne Tripplehorn just wants you to like her — or her Criminal Minds character, at least.

The Big Love alum will return to TV Wednesday on the CBS drama (9/8c) as new BAU member Alex Blake, and all she can think about is what will happen after the episode is over.

"The fan base is huge for this show and I am honestly nervous about what they will think of Alex," she tells TVGuide.com. "A show bringing somebody new in on the ...
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Sneak Peek: Jeanne Tripplehorn on Criminal Minds

Thomas Gibson, Jeanne Tripplehorn

Now that Emily Prentiss has left the Behavioral Analysis Unit — again — Agent Alex Blake (Jeanne Tripplehorn, with Thomas Gibson) will take her place on Criminal Minds' September 26 season premiere. Blake, a linguistics expert, made a name for herself by... read more

8 Spoilers for Criminal Minds Season 8: A Season-Long Unsub, Alex's Past, a Prentiss Return?

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Criminal Minds executive producer Erica Messer wants to assure you that Jeanne Tripplehorn's Alex Blake will not stir up trouble in the BAU.

Criminal Minds scoop: Reid is getting a girlfriend!

Tripplehorn will make her debut on the Season 8 premiere, filling the void left by Paget Brewster's Emily Prentiss, who exited in the season finale. And though Messer previously described Alex as a "threat" to the team, she clarifies that it's merely a case of a newbie joining a tightknit group.

"Anytime there's a very close coworker environment, as we have here, it's hard," Messer tells TVGuide.com. "There's just a natural hesitation to accept, but in that friendly way. She certainly doesn't have an ulterior motive or anything."

What else can we expect from Alex? Get the scoop on her and more below.
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Bellamy Young Returns to Criminal Minds

Bellamy Young

Bellamy Young will appear in at least two more episodes of Criminal Minds next season.

As TV Line first reported, the Scandal actress will reprise her role as Beth Clemmons in the upcoming eighth season of the CBS procedural. Young joined Criminal Minds last December when she was brought in as a love interest for Agent Aaron Hotchner (Thomas Gibson). read more

Criminal Minds: Get to Know the BAU's New Team Member

Jeanne Tripplehorn

There will be a new face joining Criminal Minds' Behavioral Analysis Unit this fall.

Jeanne Tripplehorn joins the cast in Season 8 as Alex Blake, a veteran FBI agent who specializes in linguistics. She fills the void of the departing Emily Prentiss after Paget Brewster opted to leave the series at the end of last season. Some viewers may be suspicious of the new character, but executive producer Erica Messer tells TVGuide.com that that's just fine — apparently a few of the team members will share that feeling.

Jeanne Tripplehorn joins Criminal Minds as series regular

"When we meet Alex Blake, it is also Morgan [Shemar Moore] and Garcia's first time meeting her because they have actually been away on... read more

Criminal Minds Boss: I Don't Want a New Prentiss Next Season

Paget Brewster

Although Aaron Hotchner (Thomas Gibson) and Emily Prentiss (Paget Brewster) never got together on Criminal Minds, executive producer Erica Messer planned their final scene for fans who always hoped they would.

"It always felt like in a different time and place maybe those two could be together ... There was always a connection," Messer said this weekend at the ATX Television Festival panel, moderated by this reporter.

Keep reading for more from Messer about replacing Brewster, how John Mayer got axed from the season finale, and who the writers dream of having on their team next year.

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Criminal Minds' Joe Mantegna: Our Returning Troops Need Jobs

Joe Mantegna

Criminal Minds star Joe Mantegna has a message for Americans this Memorial Day: Our veterans need jobs.

Mantegna, who will return as co-host of Monday's National Memorial Day Concert on PBS with fellow CBS star Gary Sinise, is also actively working with America Wants You!, a new initiative that encourages corporate America to hire men and women returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Mantegna and Criminal Minds co-star Thomas Gibson have also filmed PSAs to spread the word.

Check out a list of Memorial Day Weekend TV marathons

"When you meet people who've had a lot of military training, they're America's finest," Mantegna tells TVGuide.com.... read more

Criminal Minds' Paget Brewster: Prentiss and Hotch Will Have a "Nice Little Moment"

Paget Brewster, Criminal Minds

Paget Brewster is already bracing for the fan reaction.

"There's a nice little moment between Prentiss and Hotch in the episode," she tells TVGuide.com of Criminal Minds' 150th installment airing Wednesday. "I know the fans who want Hotch and Prentiss together are going to go nuts! They're totally gonna lose it. I can already picture it. People really want them to date for some reason and I think this will just add to that."

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Unfortunately for Hotch (Thomas Gibson) and Prentiss (Brewster) 'shippers, a romance is unlikely — for now at least, especially ...
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Criminal Minds' A.J. Cook: It Makes Sense for JJ to Become a Profiler

A.J. Cook

Now that A.J. Cook is back on Criminal Minds, she has one goal: to get beat up.

"I have volunteered to get beat up! I want to get into a really bad fight this year," she tells TVGuide.com. "I'm like, 'Everyone else has gotten the crap beaten out of them! It's JJ's turn!'"

Fall Preview: Get scoop on your favorite returning shows

She may get her wish now that JJ is a full-fledged profiler since she returned to the BAU after a year in the State Department. Though JJ said way back in Season 2 that she had no plans to take extra classes to graduate from media liaison to profiler, Cook believes the promotion is "organic" and in line with JJ's story — not to mention her own story off-screen.

"Someone thought that that character wasn't necessary, so in order for me to come ...
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Thomas Gibson on How Two and a Half Men Pulled Off a Dharma & Greg Reunion

Jenna Elfman and Thomas Gibson

The biggest surprise of Monday night's big Two and a Half Men season premiere may have been the unexpected appearance of Dharma & Greg stars Jenna Elfman and Thomas Gibson.

While much of the episode's secrets had already leaked — from the death of Charlie Harper to the funeral appearance of his old girlfriends — the show managed to keep the cameos by Elfman and Gibson a complete secret.

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