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‘Criminal Minds’ Promotes Paget Brewster to Series Regular for Season 12

Actress will reprise her role as SSA Emily Prentiss

“Criminal Minds” will make Paget Brewster a series regular for Season 12, TheWrap has learned.

As previously announced, Brewster is already set to guest star in multiple episodes of “Criminal Minds,” reprising her role as SSA Emily Prentiss. Her first episode is tentatively scheduled to air Oct. 12.

“We’re all so excited to have Paget with us full time,” said Erica Messer, the show’s executive producer and showrunner. “The BAU family has definitely missed her, on screen and off. Having her back on set has been great, it’s like she never left.”

Brewster is represented by UTA and The Burnstein Company.

Brewster is the latest casting change for the popular CBS procedural, although this one was at least voluntary. Back in July, Thomas Gibson was axed from the show after an on-set incident with series producer Virgil Williams. For his part, Gibson said he booted the staffer in retaliation after the man became “aggressive.”

CBS and production company ABC Studios then dropped the following bombshell: The man who had starred on all 255 episodes of the procedural would not be coming back to “Criminal Minds” after all following an initial sentence of two weeks suspension.

The physical altercation wasn’t Gibson’s first strike: Click here to read a comprehensive timeline of how it all went down. It also better details the beef between him and Shemar Moore, who bailed on the series after 11 seasons.