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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 paget should stay. Her character is irreplaceable. Come on pple whats goin on with the writers on criminal minds, do you want the show to get cancelled.


    i would just like to say
    A: I'm going to miss Paget Brewster so much (it hurts)
    and B: Jeanne Tripplehorn is great, can't wait to see her on season eight!
    .... h, and C: TWO MORE SEASONS OF DR. SPENCER REID. i approve..


    Just dont take away Derek Morgan!


    Hey I love this serie. I am from Denmark and I have seen all the seasons and I own the first 5 seasons on DVD. Its my most precious films. Thanx for another season CBS and may many more follow:-)) love from Karin


    Love this post!!! I love that you mentioned Oklahoma and Minnesota!!! HEHE! I can help in both areas! I am atluacly just finishing up three weeks in MN! LOVE it here! I hope that you both get to travel as much as you want! So fun for you on this big adventure!!!!


    I LOVE this show!! I will watch no matter what. I am hooked and that's that. Jeanne was GREAT in Big Love and I know she'll be great in Criminal Minds!


    I feel bad that Em is leaving, but I hope she will come on from time to time. I would love for Em and Hotch to connect in a romantic reltionship. Get rid of Beth as Hotch looks WHIMPY around her. Even Alex would do better in a relationship with Hotch. Fan Dodie hit it right on. Read above.


    Sorry but nobody would b able 2 fill pagets shoes on criminal minds. I 4 1 won't be watching new series. It won't be the same without paget as emily prentiss in it.


    In my opinion they should bring Elle back. That would be better than bringing in a new character


    when does s8 start