Criminal Minds fans are biting their nails in the lead-up to the reboot of the crime drama next month. So is cast member Paget Brewster — even if one cast member isn’t returning for the reunion.
Paget Brewster told Looper in an interview published Wednesday that fans won’t disappointed with the Paramount+ reboot.
“I can’t tell you what I know about where we are, where Criminal Minds starts up,” she said. “But I can tell you it’s really good.”
Paget Brewster’s remark will be reassuring to fans concerned about Matthew Gray Gubler declining to appear in the reboot. Gubler was the only actor to appear in every episode of Criminal Minds’ last two seasons, Brewster noted.
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Additionally, Brewster said she understands Gubler’s decision.
“Matthew … did 15 years straight through,” Brewster told Looper. “From 25 to 40, the guy was on one show, and that’s when we shot 22, 24 episodes a year. He was never able to go do other stuff, so I understand. He wants to direct. He graduated from [New York University] to direct, and his first audition was Criminal Minds.”
She continued: “Imagine you never expected to be an actor, and then suddenly it’s 15 years of your life. I understand why. … I was gone from Criminal Minds for four years. I got to do a ton of other things that enriched my life and my resume, and my education, so I understand how he feels.”
Deadline reported July 14 that Paramount+ had “given a formal 10-episode series order” for a Criminal Minds revival series. And six key cast members will be back — Joe Mantegna, Kirsten Vangsness, Adam Rodriguez, A.J. Cook, Aisha Tyler, and Brewster.
Perhaps as importantly as that, longtime executive producer/showrunner Erica Messer is also returning — which was a must for the actors