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Criminal Minds Season 8: Jeanne Tripplehorn Cast as New Profiler

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Criminal Minds has announced a major casting move.

Jeanne Tripplehorn will join the CBS drama as a series regular on season 8, coming on board as “a new profiler,” according to producer Erica Messer. “Her character will be introduced in the premiere.”

Jeanne Tripplehorn as Barb

Tripplehorn helped anchor HBO's Big Love for five seasons; earned an Emmy nod for her portrayal of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy in Grey Gardens; and appeared most recently on multiple New Girl episodes.

Her casting is meant to offset the loss of Paget Brewster, who exited after Criminal Minds Season 7.

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i think they shouldnt even try to fill pagets place bringing someone in that looks and dresses like her is wrong people will notice

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Angie Harmon looks as the best replacement for Paget. I don't think the new even a good actor, is the "right one" as replacement.

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I remembered the name of the person from Law & Order who I think would have been a good replacement for Paget Brewster. Her name is Angie Harmon. I hope the show doesn't get cancelled. Removing Prentiss from the show is a big mistake. I understand that she wanted to leave but they should have tied her up so she couldn't get away.

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I've seen it before on long running shows where they change the characters and dynamics of the show thinking it will relate to what the public wants. If we didn't like the show the way it is, we wouldn't watch it. Doesn't that tell you to leave it alone. Paget will try other things but I think and hope she will be back. That will open the door for Jean to leave. A better person to join would be a woman that was on Law & Order. Can't remember her name. Very pretty, tall with dark hair and growly type voice. She would be fantastic because she's a no-nonsense attitude like Paget.

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I am watching reruns on CBS (2) and ION (3) and can't wait for new stories. I know the new season starts Sept. 26th but I googled to see what time and found this blogs. I wish I didn't find it cause I didn't know that Paget left the show. For me, that's a huge loss because she and JJ are balanced....JJ is soft and comforting whereas Paget is .. let's get the job done kinda person. I've seen this new actor before and was never impressed with her. I'm not particularly happy that Reid has a girlfriend because I want him for myself...LOL. Interesting that there's no mention of Hotch finding a girlfriend...

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Ive noticed a lot of people have commented on Reid or lack of, ive been watching last years reruns and have noticed he was been producing and/or directing so maybe that is the reason.

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Please bring paget back as part of the cast she s really good and an asset to the show. Come on people.

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Give the new lady a chance; yes, it tough to see favourites go, but such is real life, and let's just be thankful that we still have Hotch, Rossi, Morgan, Garcia and JJ. Remember, most of us adapted to Gideon and Elle's departure. There's still a lot of continuity to be had - now let's hope CM producers maintain that continuity- they've had some problems with that in the past few seasons.

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WHAT!???? Elizabeth Mitchell was up for CM8?!!! Jeanne Tripplehorn is TRIPLE TROUBLE. She's not worth the grief, despair, nasty attitude and ugly baggage. HOW DESPERATE can you be to hire a tired, old bag like TRIPLE TROUBLE HORN? Drop her and BEG, BEG, BEG Elizabeth Mitchell to join the cast!

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i am glad Prentiss is gone.
It will be great to see Reid have a girlfriend, just as long as she is pretty and intellectual as he is. i would like to see the rookie FBI girl be his girlfriend!