Normally, when you fire two of your lead actresses and bring in a replacement, two actresses leave the show and a new one comes on. However, things work a little differently over on the set of Criminal Minds.
After firing AJ Cook and Paget Brewster, the producers hired Rachel Nichols as a replacement. Recently, news that Cook would be returning surfaced and it was said that the same would be true for Brewster if the pilot she was working on was not picked up. The pilot wasn’t bought and now it has been confirmed that Brewster will also be coming back, so where does this leave, their replacement, Rachel Nichols. Unfortunately, the actress has been let go, which basically means that they’ve come completely full circle.
Nichols character was introduced shortly after AJ Cook departed, at this time Paget Brewster’s character, Emily Prentiss, was still on the show. Prentiss was given a much bigger send off, her story arc spanning the majority of the season. Fans showed how much they cared for both Cook and Brewster by making a petition that got over 60,000 signatures. It’s doubtful, but perhaps Nichols will also be rehired in the future. For now the new mystery is whether or not Thomas Gibson, Hotch, will be returning next season.
What do you think? Are you sick of not knowing who will be in the next season of Criminal Minds? Are you happy Paget Brewster is returning? Do you feel sad that Rachel Nichols is leaving the show? Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below. Also don’t forget to subscribe.
A few months ago, Criminal Minds fans were devastated by the sudden departure of AJ Cook who played JJ, Jenifer Jareau, one of the primary female characters on the show. Cook was let go in an attempt to prevent the show from becoming stale. However, reactions were extremely negative, as JJ is a fan favourite. After hearing that over 60,000 people had signed an online petition to bring her back, the studio rehired Cook, who said she was hurt after being let go but found the fan reaction very comforting.
Cook wasn’t the only cast member to be pushed off the show, Paget Brewster, who plays Emily Prentiss, was also removed from the show. However, she was given the option to stay on as a recurring character rather than a series regular. Her final episode was ‘Lauren’ which still hasn’t aired in some countries, including mine, so I won’t spoil it.
JJ will be returning as a series regular at the start of next season, but she says that both her and her character have changed due to the experience of leaving. Being kicked off the show was a ‘wakeup call’ to just how harsh the entertainment industry can be. The ‘new JJ’ will be more serious and mature but don’t worry ‘she still has heart’.
Brewster has also been offered the chance to return, whether it’s as a series regular or not isn’t clear. After leaving the show, she did a pilot for a different show. If the show doesn’t get picked up she may return, but if it does chances are Prentiss has left the building.
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If you read my post yesterday then you’ll remember that I said I’d be revealing the return of a movie franchise that has been considered dead for years. I try to keep my promises so here it is, Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World.
The movie will take us back into the world of spy kids and the OSS, however a lot has changed. For instance, the spy kid division has been closed down, but don’t fear for your favourite mini spies, because they’re all grown up. Alexa Vega and Daryl Sabara will be returning as Carmen and Juni Cortez, respectively, Antonio Banderas will also be making an appearance. Don’t be fooled by the return of some original cast members, this is a new beginning for the series which means new main characters.
Rebecca and Cecil are twins, played by Rowan Blanchard and Mason Cook respectively, who don’t get along with their stepmother Marissa Cortez Wilson, portrayed by Jessica Alba. Unbeknownst to them, and their spy hunting reporter father, Marissa is an ex-spy. One day Marissa is called out of retirement to save the world from the evil Timekeeper. She soon learns that there are some jobs that are meant for kids, as she must join forces with Rebecca and Cecil in order to be triumphant. They also enlist Carmen and Juni for support.
No trailer, or even poster, has been released yet, but it’s not hard to imagine what the return of the franchise will look like. Robert Rodriguez, who directed the original three films, has returned to direct this one. At this early stage it’s hard to judge, but I’m confident that this franchise is in good hands. The movie is set to be released on the 19th of August.
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Tonight the last episode of Criminal Minds, to feature A.J. Cook, aired. Her character, JJ, receives a job offer she literally can’t refuse. JJ may not be the only character leaving the show this season; CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler said that they want to ‘shakeup’ the cast. Paget Brewster’s character is being phased out and will no longer appear in every episode.
Nina Tassler explained that the reason Cook got fired is the upcoming spinoff series, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behaviour. No she won’t be in the spinoff, but developing a spinoff series has made them take a look at the cast members and they deemed that JJ had gone as far as she could go. Even though they are reducing Brewster’s role they hope she doesn’t leave the series, but it does seem like they are targeting the woman. That doesn’t include Kirsten Vangsness, who is so popular that she will be the only character that is set to appear in both the original series and the spinoff, at the same time.
Now back to this week’s episode, which guest starred the entire cast of Joan of Arcadia, well two of the cast members anyway, Michael Welch and Chris Marquette. A girl goes missing and the Arcadia boys are the only suspects. While the rest of the team try to interrogate the boys, JJ must talk to the girl’s parents to see if they have any details that have been overlooked. It’s JJ that notices the clue that unravels the whole mystery. She then has to say goodbye to the other team members, which is a teary goodbye, especial for Garcia.
None of the characters is guaranteed to stay, so who would you save if you had the choice?
By the way random fact: Did you know that Charlie Sheen’s real name is Carlos Irwin Estevez? I found out by accident and just thought it was interesting.