Rachel Nichols Cast on Criminal Minds

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Rachel Nichols has signed on for a multi-episode story arc on Criminal Minds later this season. Might she be a permanent replacement for A.J. Cook, who bids farewell this evening?

It doesn't look like it. Criminal Minds had planned to add a new female regular cast member in the wake of the Cook's departure. That still may be true, but it won't be Rachel.

The character Nichols will play, FBI cadet Ashley Seager, was originally envisioned as a new regular, but that changed, and Nichols will now appear in three episodes, reports say.

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Rachel Nichols of Star Trek and Alias fame.

The premise for her arrival? Seager is invited by Hotch (Thomas Gibson) to consult on a case after learning her family history will bring a unique insight into the mind of a serial killer.

It will be interesting to see how the show handles JJ's exit and who fills the void left by her departure. Will Morgan be developed more, for example, or will a newcomer be cast?

In any case, Cook will be missed. She was terrific in last week's season premiere, and this evening's episode, fittingly titled "J.J.," looks like it will be a powerful one as well.

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Oh my... This new blonde=HORRIBLE!!!!
She better not be a replacement for JJ. This new girl brings absolutely nothing to the table: she's boring and doesn't interest me at all, unlike all the other characters. Shes not even a good actress! Smh.. And now her and Spencer have a thing?!?! Wtf! No no no no. Awful. I will not continue watching! Just ruining the chemistry of the team. Was sooo great... No lame characters please.


This new girl isn't permanent, she's going to be in only 3 episodes.


Please bring JJ back & get rid of the new blonde who is so boring and certainly not a good actor, and does not need to be paired up with Reid. If they write off Hotchner also, you have lost my family. Prentiss was great on the show. Leave a great cast alone!What are the producers, writers doing to this wonderful show? We love Ross, Morgan, Reid & Garcia also. Wake up people, you will loose viewers if you continue to mess with a great cast.


My daughter and I were hooked on Criminal Minds. We have every season, but writing out JJ and Prentiss was a very bad move. Rachel Nichols is terrible. When Prentiss started it was if she was always part of the team. The actress that played her was great, she also brought a little humor to the show. We miss her character and only wish that she will come back. Please don't have Rachel Nichols character hook up with Spencer, I don't think that anyone would enjoy that. The team that they had last year was great together, we love them all. We are going to give the show a little more time, but the show seems flat now. It will not be in our play list next season if the don't fix the mistakes they have made.Start by getting rid of Rachel Nichols.


I agree! Rachel Nichols (Siever) sucks! And now they took off Prentiss and maybe Thomas Gibson is going. I believe I may be going too!


Really? Chemistry with Reid? Aren't the BAU members not allowed to date? Pairing everyone up is a stupid idea since I feel like only Morgan and Penelope can pull that off, along with the fact that her personality doesn't grab me the way the rest of the members' do. And on top of that, I agree with what a lot of you said, bringing in another member is a slap in the face to A.J. Now that my rant is done, here's to hoping A.J. moves on to bigger and better things, since I'll be watching her and not Criminal Minds.




I looked over the comments. I have to agree. I was very disturbed to here J.J. was leaving. She is a beautiful young lady. I looked forward to seeing her. Why did she really leave? Please reconsider she is a big loss for the show. I do love the guys and the story is usually great, but you really messed up letting her get away from you. Sad in Huntington, W.Va.


I dont like her as a new addition, she adds nothing to the show. Bring back Jj.


The new blonde actress feels like a slap in the face regarding J.J. being pushed out of the show. They could have found a brunette. It's like they are trying to spit on J.J. I have barely watched this show since it returned without J.J. and the one i did watch, i didn't finish it. The show has become BORING and SAD, Morbid, Hopeless. In the past I'd enjoyed the chemistry btwn Garcia + Morgan, and that barely happens anymore, and J.J. sweetness. The show has gotten too into evil for me, and I don't find much in the way of redemption anymore. Ta Ta CM/CBS, you lost a fan.

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Hotch: A sniper can wait up to 72 hours without sleeping.
Mays: Seriously?
Rossi: That's part of their training. They can stay awake for 72 hours and remain completely focused on their target.
Mays: How?
Hotch: By using a mental exercise called "fantasy integration". A sniper creates a scenarios involving a target that keeps that person at the forefront of their mind.
Morgan: Often they'll imagine a place where they're with the target, doing something together that takes time. For example, building a car.
JJ: For some, the fantasy begins the minute they're assigned a target. Then nothing will distract them.