Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Criminal Minds: TVGuide Meet the BAU's Newest Team Member (SPOILER!)

From TVguide

Criminal Minds: Meet the BAU's Newest Team Member

Rachel Nichols knows she's in kind of a tough spot.

The former Alias actress, who joins Criminal Minds with a three-episode arc beginning Wednesday, is fully aware that longtime viewers of the show are still mourning the loss of veteran cast member A.J Cook, who was let go from the show this season. But Nichols says the show allows the other characters to somewhat speak what the audience may be feeling about the new girl in town.

"I knew that JJ had left and then there was a lot of uproar. People were all wondering, who is this girl coming in?" Nichols told last month. "What they wanted to do was introduce this character and have people like her because you can't have people angry and hate her right off the bat. There are some scenes in the first episode where [the characters] kind of talk about it, and they're definitely a little wary. But it was all intended to be a very warm welcome for this girl who was going to be here a short period of time."

But that period of time might not be short after all. reported last week that Nichols was in talks to become a series regular. CBS and ABC Studios, which produces the show, would not confirm the report, though Nichols hasn't shied away from tweeting her feelings about the news.

In any case, viewers will get to make up their own minds Wednesday, when Nichols' character, Ashley Seaver, a cadet at the FBI academy, is brought in to help the BAU catch a serial killer in a gated community. Even though she's still technically in training, she has a very specific insight into this case, according to Rossi (Joe Mantegna), who crossed paths with Ashley in the past.

"This episode deals with a gated community — everybody has the white picket fence, kids, a dog and a station wagon," Nichols says. "They're trying to look for an unsub who really carries off life as a perfectly normal individual. The experience Ashley grew up in [was] the seemingly idyllic childhood with a very dark underbelly. Rossi thinks they need someone with a new perspective and because of the way she was raised, she may have this perspective."

But is she ready for down-and-dirty field work? "She's green; she's not an agent who's been out in the field a lot," Nichols says. "But she asks if she can finish out her training sessions with the BAU because that's ideally where she'd like to end up one day. For the first time ever, she's looking at very gruesome crimes and seeing a lot of blood, and severed limbs. She's the one who asks a lot of the questions and it's helping her figure out if she wants to do this seriously or not."

And if she's going to be sticking around, she'll have to make some bonds pretty quickly.

Enter Dr. Spencer Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler), who was handpicked at age 21 to join the BAU by Gideon (Mandy Patinkin). "They have a bond by having grown up as outsiders," Nichols says. "She's fascinated by Dr. Reid because he's got that memory, and she knows he can give her insight into her past because she doesn't have a lot of details on it. They could certainly develop something there with the two of us having a lot of similarities."

Criminal Minds
airs Wednesday at 9/8c on CBS.


  1. I'll give a fair chance to that new character, but please no romance !
    This show is not a soap opera and the last thing I want to see is Reid and her hooking up.

  2. No thanks! She can leave after her story arc ends. The last thing they need is some newbie not even finished with her training hanging around. The Powers That Be know they screwed up in showing AJ the door and now they are trying to rectify it with another blond. It wasn't broke until you broke it. If you want to fix it, bring back AJ.

  3. you have absolutely got to be kidding me. i don't mind her being on a few episodes but the 'POWERS' said they cut AJ Cook for budget reasons how dare they try to fix their masssive screw up with another character. absolutely not. i will be seriously peeved if she becomes a regular!!!!

  4. I agree with what Dreis said...

    "I'll give a fair chance to that new character, but please no romance !
    This show is not a soap opera and the last thing I want to see is Reid and her hooking up."

    Personally, I watch for the cases and the TEAM interaction. If any romance were to occur, I wouldn't mind the occasional flirting between characters, such as with Morgan/Garcia. In fact, if any true relationships were to develop, I would like to see Hotch/Prentiss since they have been working together for many years and have a past. But, once again, this is not a soap opera. So, if Seaver gets a love interest within a few epsiodes, I will be peeved. Let's hope it doesn't go down that road.

    Also, CBS is saying that they aren't replacing JJ, but then decide to bring in a character that looks identical. I mean, at least introduce a character who doesn't also have blond hair, its kinda obvious that JJ is being replaced. I have just gotten so used to the cast of JJ, Hotch, Reid, Prentiss, Morgan and Rossi that I find it hard to imagine that someone new will be taking JJ's spot. This has nothing to do with CM, but if Harry Potter was to be remade twenty years later, it wouldn't be the same without the original characters, which is how i feel about Seaver joining. The BAU won't be the same. Like, I wouldn't have minded if they introduced a new character AND kept JJ.

    And, I really hope Prentiss stays. My first episode was actually her first episode, and I immediately liked her. No offense to Lola, but when I watched the first season, the character of Elle never really warmed up to me. I loved the Prentiss episodes, such as Demonology and I almost cried when she took the beatings to protect Reid. And who doesn't love the humour and sarcasm she injects into the show.

    Anyways, before I go on a rampage, lemme just say that I am looking forward to tonight's episode, but PLEASE, DO NOT HAVE SEAVER HOOK UP WITH ANYONE, NOT REID, NOT HOTCH, NOT MORGAN, NO ONE.

    If she were to "develop something with Reid", then Morgan better start developing something with Garcia and Hotch with Prentiss. :)