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A.J. Cook: Possibly Returning to Criminal Minds Full-Time!

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After her unceremonious and dubious departure earlier this season, A.J. Cook is in talks to return to Criminal Minds this fall as a full-time series regular.

Cook, left the cast of Criminal Minds at the end of last season when her option was not picked up by CBS, sparking outcry among the show's loyal fans.

She then appeared in the first two episodes of this season to give closure to JJ, her character, who was transferred from the BAU to a job at the Pentagon.

Cook also appeared in Paget Brewster's (also the subject of contract controversy) final episode in March. But it looks like A.J. may be coming back to stay ...

A.J. Cook on Criminal Minds

BRINGING BACK J.J.? If CBS execs know what's good for them, they won't make the same mistake twice and let Cook - a "glue" character on CM - get away a second time.

As for Brewster, she is filming a comedy pilot for NBC, My Life As an Experiment, and will continue with that if it gets picked up. But if it doesn’t, she could be back too.

CBS has an option on Brewster for Criminal Minds and, if it exercises it as many expect, the network would reunite the whole cast, just as it was at last season's end.

Meanwhile, Thomas Gibson and Shemar Moore are still not signed for next season, but talks are underway with the actors, whose deals are up at the end of this cycle.

Suffice it to say, these surprising developments, especially Cook’s potential return to the hit procedural, do not bode well for newly-minted regular Rachel Nichols.

On an unrelated note, executive producer Ed Bernero, who has run the show from the star, is leaving and will be replaced by co-executive producer Erica Messer.

What do you think of the surprise possibility of A.J.'s return? Discuss below.

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Please bring back AJ Cook & Paget Brewster for the strength they bring to the terrific cast and show. The new actress is uninspiring.

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bring back JJ PLEASE! and while your at it try to bring GIDEONback,JOE MONTAGNA can stay as an agent ,but GIDEON was THE MAN. thanks and KUDOS on C.M. SUSPECT BEHAVIOR

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Absolutely bring JJ and Prentiss back. The show has been aamzing for years. No use changing it now. Although, Seaver can go.

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bring back the cast from season 1

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Ginger Rough, Emily is not played by Lola. Elle from season 1 was played by Lola. Emily infact is played by the fabulous Paget Brewster :)

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Bring Back JJ and Emily (Lola Glaudini)

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Bring back Emaily and Gidoen and we will have the REAL team back

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I hope they bring J.J back. It is just not the same without her.

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Love you JJ. Was very mad and dissapointed when you left. Would love to see you back.

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Send Seaver over to NBC for the comedy and bring back JJ and Prentiss. Ten stop messing around and get on with the show.