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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That would be great if J.J. comes back and even better if Emily does too! Prentiss is a must too! Then Seaver will not be needed at all! Well, she's really not needed right now either.


REALLY?!?!?! Don't play with my emotions please, I really want JJ and Prentiss to come back.... that would be grandly amazing!!! I miss them soooooo much... and nobody else better leave.... I mean except Shreaver, it won't be sad... not to be mean, I'm just speaking truth... thank you


I am so glad that they are bring JJ back, you are so right to say she is the glue that holds them altogether. Keep the team the same, and don't make any changes.


I was not happy with her leaving not very smart. you need her back on the show with paula . anyone on the team missing hurts the show.


I am with the rest of the people the show is not the same without JJ and paula. are they smart enough to realy listen to the fans.or maybe they do not care of what we think.


For heavens sake bring back JJ and Prentiss, I mean are you kidding me they show has lost some of its "zing". The young lady that they brought on is so boring and confined..bring back te originals


Well, finally. I had given up the show - no more re-runs, either. And, having bought many sets for gifts, I gave that up, too. The actress who plays Seaver is no match for Cook or Padgett. There was such a noticeable bond between the first seven. Maybe my Wednesday nights will get better, real soon.


This made my day! If AJ comes back, hopefully Seaver gets written out. It's not that I hate Seaver--but she's useless.


Please bring JJ and Prentiss back!!!!!!!! They were two of the strong actresses on the show. I agree with Nathel to put Seaver on Suspect Behavior, that she may fit better. If I were you I would pick up Hotch and Morgan's contract for the next season. Or we will be back so square one like we are with JJ and Prentiss. The team is great together- don't break them up anymore


Awesome to bring JJ back. AJ Cook was completely unrated on the show and it would be in their best interest to bring her back full time regular. Will definitely go back to watching the new episodes as well as the reruns.... Prentiss coming back will add the icing to the cake...!!!

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