‘SVU’ Snags ‘Criminal Minds’ Star – for Episode Airing Opposite ‘Criminal Minds’

Paget Brewster appearing on "Law & Order: SVU" episode premiering against her old show

Did you vow to stop watching "Criminal Minds" when Paget Brewster left? If so, NBC would like to invite you to watch her on "Law & Order: SVU" when it premieres on Sept. 26 — opposite the premiere of "Criminal Minds."

The two-hour "Law & Order" episode — which also looks like a naked grab for the Brewster fans in the "Criminal Minds" audience — will air opposite the one-hour premiere of the CBS procedural.

Brewster announced her exit from "Criminal Minds" last season, for the second time. She joined the series in its second season, left briefly during season six, and returned for the seventh season. The season premiering Sept. 26 will be the show's eighth. "SVU" is starting its fourteenth season.

Brewster, who played Emily Prentiss on “Criminal Minds,” will guest star on "SVU" as the head of the DA’s Public Integrity Unit. She will handle the case against Captain Cragen (Dann Florek), who is under suspicion of murder.

Several guest stars from last season’s finale will return for the "SVU" premiere, including Laura Benanti (“The Playboy Club”), Pippa Black (“Outsourced”), Peter Jacobson (“House M.D.,” “The Starter Wife”), Ron Rifkin (“Brothers and Sisters,” “Alias”), Brooke Smith (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “Weeds”), and Dean Winters (“30 Rock,” “Rescue Me”).