The women of ‘Criminal Minds’

Lisa Conner
A&E Editor

“Criminal Minds” has been a successful seasoned show, reaching the end of its 10th season. Fans have seen a few main characters come and go on the show and have always come to quickly love the new casting roles.

The first member of the cast to leave the show was Elle Greenaway played by Lola Glaudini. Agent Greenaway was replaced by Emily Prentiss played by Paget Brewster.  Prentiss’ likable personality and drive to help the team resulted in favorability of the change in casting.

Jason Gideon played by Mandy Patinkin was the next character to leave the team. As the Behavioral Analysis Unit leader, it was difficult for many to see him leave and that there were some big shoes to be filled.

He was successfully replaced by his old partner and founder of the BAU David Rossi. Joe Mantegna’s character Rossi became very likable after the first few episodes. After coming out of retirement, it took him a few episodes to adjust working with a team but he fell into the routine quickly. The fact that he never overstepped leader of the team Aaron Hotchner’s leadership, caused his fan base to grow more quickly.

Emily Prentiss was eventually replaced by Dr. Alex Blake. Jeanne Tripplehorn’s character took a little bit to like, but honestly, she never seem to quite fit into the team. Perhaps that is the reason she was replaced in Season 10.

Newest member to the BAU on the show is agent Kate Callahan played by Jennifer Love Hewitt. Hewitt’s character is replacing Dr. Alex Blake after she chose to leave the team. Many fans were a little skeptical in seeing Hewitt in season 10. In recent years, Hewitt has become a sex symbol with her role on the television show “The Client List”, where she played a prostitute disguised as a masseuse.

After the first episode, many fans were reassured as Hewitt’s character is a positive role model who is dressed modestly and a mother to her diseased sister’s daughter.

Every character on the show, replacement or not has been personally effected by a case, Hewitt’s character is not excluded as her daughter has been pursued by an online child predator.

With the season coming to a close, only time will tell how Hewitt’s character will pan out on the show.


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