CBS feels the need to do some cast adjustments for Criminal Minds‘ sixth season in letting go A.J. Cook as well as reducing the number of episodes Paget Brewster stars in. Fan reaction has been pretty negative in response to Cook’s departure, so much so that the series decided to have Cook star in the first two episodes to give closer to her character.
Brewster, meanwhile, will only star in 10 of the first 13 episodes of season six, and an undetermined amount of the back 9 (or more if the show gets an extended season).
The series lost a little more over a million viewers this past season, and with the show’s spinoff debuting in the spring, the show can’t take too many more hits. Executive producers are talking about bringing in a new female lead later in the season as well to add a new spark to the show.