TV Guide — [WARNING: The following story contains spoilers about Wednesday’s Season 10 finale of Criminal Minds. Read at your own risk.]
For the second year in a row, Criminal Minds quietly bid adieu to another BAU member.
After the team rescued her niece Meg and her friend Markayla from a human trafficking ring on Wednesday’s Season 10 finale, Kate (Jennifer Love Hewitt) tearfully handed in her resignation to Hotch (Thomas Gibson), explaining that she took a year off to raise Meg after her sister and brother-in-law died in 9/11 and now wants to do the same for her unborn child.
“You’ll always have a place here,” Hotch tells her.
So, will Kate return to the BAU in a year? How did her departure come about? Executive producer Erica Messer answers our burning questions about the finale and what’s in store for Season 11.
How early did you discuss Jennifer leaving? When we talked earlier this season, you said she asked you if you would ever write in her pregnancy should she get pregnant again when you met with her about joining the show.
Erica Messer: We definitely wanted to write in the pregnancy. It wasn’t until March that we had a discussion. It’s similar like last year [with Jeanne Tripplehorn, whose contract was up]. [Hewitt] had thought a lot about it and she really wanted to give this baby No. 2 everything she did for her firstborn. That would mean not going to work every day. I want to say it was nearly nine months of her not working before she came back on Criminal Minds. It’s hard to pull off a full-time gig and be a full-time mom. It’s something I certainly understand, being a mom as well, and if that option is given to you and you actually can consider that in every facet of your life, it’s something I have to support and be really happy for her.
Is it safe to say Kate would’ve stayed had Jennifer not been pregnant?
Messer: Yeah, definitely. She’d still be here.
You’re like the anti-Game of Thrones. You always leave the door open for a return.
Messer: [Laughs] You know how we are here. We like people to come back and play whenever they can, so we don’t kill them off. Like you said, if she hadn’t been pregnant and due right when we would start production on Season 11 — that’s the other thing, she’s due in July and we start production right in July — then she would’ve come back. It was really something that was organic and surprising in a good way. None of us thought at the beginning of the season we’d end the year with two pregnant actresses! And right now, it’s too soon to say what would happen in two years if we’re lucky enough to have [a Season 12]. We would love to have her back.
Even if you didn’t plan it from the beginning, it was fitting how her arc came full circle. We found out about her and Meg at the start of the season and you had a season-long unsub story line with Meg, and now that’s over and she’s leaving onscreen and off to focus on her family.
Messer: Yeah, I think it’s always interesting how those things come together. We always knew the finale was about Meg being in trouble. That’s one of the reasons we set up Kate raising a teenage daughter and what are the challenges of raising a teen as an FBI agent. That’s something we haven’t seen Hotch or JJ deal with yet. Rossi, we didn’t know he had a daughter until this season. We wanted to play it over the season and with the dangers of social media and the anonymity of the Internet. We’ve all been passionate about it. Jim Clemente is our FBI consultant and co-wrote the episode and has taught plenty seminars across the country about e-acquaintances and the danger in that. Kate has all of this knowledge and she has shared a lot of it with Meg.
How important was it to show how much Kate has taught her? I like that Meg wasn’t a helpless victim.
Messer: That was something we definitely wanted to do. Meg has a tragic story. She already knows that life isn’t what it’s you think it’s gonna be or how you think it’ll turn out to be. There’s always been an open and honest relationship between Kate and Meg … and you saw that she really took everything Kate taught her to heart. We wanted to show Meg was smart as well. She was keeping her cool. It was a reflection of Kate and her strengths as a mom and an FBI agent.
I know it’s too early to say, but are you planning to replace Kate or do you want to keep the position open for the time being? You’ve had a lot of cast turnover in the last few years and A.J. [Cook] will be going on maternity leave again next year.
Messer: Yeah, exactly, you’re pretty much hitting it right on the head. As usual, it’s a discussion with lots of people. Right now, we’re leaning towards keeping that position open but maybe having fun with some guest stars, things like that, especially with A.J. having maternity leave early in the season.
Jordan Todd! Bring her back.
Messer: Yeah! That would be cool. A lot of people liked her. That’s definitely a possibility. I feel like when you look at 10 years of people we could bring back, it would be fun to be able to do that. We know the BAU is a lot bigger than just our heroes.
Everyone’s gonna want Prentiss back.
Messer: [Laughs] I know! That would be fun. We haven’t seen her since “200,” so it might be time to check in with her again.
Obviously it wasn’t planned from the beginning, but did you like showing Kate’s and JJ’s different options of being a working mom?
Messer: Definitely. A.J. told me [she was pregnant] right after Jennifer did, and we all couldn’t believe it. Battle of the baby bumps! But I think with the way we played it, it’s such a reflection of what happens in the real world. Any time we can write things like that, I think it’s great because it’s real.
Have you decided if JJ will have a boy or girl? And Reid [Matthew Gray Gubler] obviously is the godfather, right?
Messer: Of course! Who else would it be? [Laughs] We’ve always decided we’d do whatever A.J. has. She’s having a boy, so Henry will have a little brother. Hopefully we’ll meet him and be able to watch him grow up like Mekhai [Cook’s first son, who plays JJ’s son Henry].
And he’ll dress like Reid like Henry.
Messer: Oh, totally! How cute was that? We’ll have two mini Reids.
I loved “Mr. Scratch,” especially the evocative close-up on Hotch at the end. Do you plan on touching upon that again or do you think it’s more haunting to leave it alone.
Messer: Wasn’t that such a great episode? I remember telling you, “People are gonna freak out!” Is Hotch hallucinating? You don’t for sure know. My guess is that will be a story line we can revisit. I would defer to our writers’ meetings that will start up in a couple weeks. It was such a great creepy bad guy and unexpected. … And the sound that that monster made — so creepy.
And Gubler made it.
Messer: Yeah. Only Matthew could do that! And he played it and we were like, “We want to see it!” I can’t wait to see what he comes up with next year [when he directs again].
Do you have any other general ideas percolating for Season 11?
Messer: Because it’s Season 11, we want to focus on them a little bit more. That’s why I think it might also be a good idea to leave [the position] open so we don’t have to spend time introducing a new character for fans, but really dive into these people we’ve known and loved for 10 years. I think there are also conversations to be had about people who have come and gone in the past 10 years and bringing people back. It’s just the acknowledgment of this is what happens after 10 years of working somewhere and people do come and go. It’s like what we did with Gideon — in that case and writing to the reality of that. I think we’ll be seeing more familiar faces next year.
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“People” — The love just keeps on growing!
Actress Jennifer Love Hewitt is set to welcome another baby with her husband, Brian Hallisay, later this year, her rep confirms to PEOPLE.
“Jennifer and Brian are thrilled to be expecting their second child,” her rep says.
The couple, who are already parents to 13-month-old daughter Autumn James, secretly wed five days before welcoming their baby girl in November 2013.
Although Hewitt, 35, told PEOPLE in April that parenthood was initially “terrifying,” she credited her former Client List costar, Hallisay, 36, with being the strong support system she needed in the delivery room.
“He should be a male doula. I was really worried that I was going to get that face — ‘Mmm, what’s happening here?’ — and I’m not good at the faces so I would’ve been like, ‘What does that mean? What does that mean!’ ” she joked during a September appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
“But he was just like, ‘This is great. I am so proud of you right now. This is awesome, you look beautiful.’ I was really proud of him.”
Hey everybody! Check out the promo for next weeks all new episode of “Criminal Minds.” You can catch the promo below and stay tuned for high definition screen captures of Jennifer from tonight’s episode. Enjoy!
Hey everybody! Check out the promo for next weeks all new episode of “Criminal Minds.” Not only that, but you can check out the official press release for the episode. Screen captures from tonight’s episode will be up soon. Enjoy!
“Burn” – A series of abductions and murders in Seattle send the BAU seeking an UnSub who was abused in the past and is out for revenge. Meanwhile, Garcia heads to Texas to confront the man she shot while defending Reid and herself, as he waits on Death Row, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Oct. 8 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. C.S. Lee (“Dexter”) guest stars as high school English teacher Justin Leu.
Jennifer Love Hewitt stopped by “The Talk” earlier today to promote the new season of “Criminal Minds.” Unfortunately I only have 2 short clips for you guys, but hopefully the full interview pops up soon. In the first clip, she talks about being a mother to her ten month old daughter and why she named her Autumn. In the second, she discusses joining the cast of “Criminal Minds” and tonight’s season premiere. Hewitt says about playing an FBI agent, “I really love it. There are challenges because I have to wear the FBI vest and I’m still breastfeeding…that’s been interesting, but it’s been fun. I’ve never gotten to anything like that before.” Enjoy and don’t forget to check out the season premiere tonight at 9:00PM on CBS!
Erica Messer can’t think of a more perfect day for Criminal Minds to turn 10.
“Episode 10.1 airs on 10/1. How cool is that?” Messer tells TVGuide.com. “It wasn’t planned. We didn’t know that until we started back up and we were well in the swing of things, and [CBS] mentioned that the premiere would be a little later than usual because of Extant and Survivor. So it’s great timing.”
But for Messer, “seven” is the magic number for Season 10. After Jeanne Tripplehorn left the series in the Season 9 finale, Messer told TVGuide.com at the time that she wasn’t sure if they would replace her or just stick with the remaining six BAU members. “It was a really big, long conversation with the network and the studio, and they said, ‘Let’s go ahead and try to find someone new,'” she says.
Enter Jennifer Love Hewitt as Kate Callahan. The actress was not only on the top of the network’s list because of her days on Ghost Whisperer, but she and Messer go way back to Party of Five.
“I knew her many, many moons ago at Party of Five,'” Messer says with a laugh.”So it was sort of, ‘Well, she just had a baby. We don’t know if she wants to go back to work or not.’ I sat down with her and caught up and it was like no time had passed. I then told her that the show is different from what she’s been doing because what she’s been doing is being No. 1 on the call sheet, having to be there 14 hours a day every day. … I think it was the combination of the actors on the show and the idea of doing something different. She has never fought crime like this. She’s an amazing addition. She’s laughing it up with the cast and crew and certainly believable as an FBI agent on screen. It’s been a breath of fresh air for us.”
But just who is Kate Callahan? What’s her secret? Get the scoop and more from Messer below.
1. Undercover boss
Kate is not who you think she is when we first meet her. That’s because she’s undercover collaring a perp before she heads to the BAU to interview with Hotch (Thomas Gibson), who hires her on the spot. “You see her interacting with a criminal in a way you don’t see our team doing it, which is she has to act like she enjoys being with this person before turning the tables on him,” Messer says. “One of the things she says to Hotch is, ‘It takes me a couple of months to catch one offender. You catch a new one every week. How do you do that and how do you not let it take over your life?’ She’s got to adapt to that skill set, which we’ll see throughout the season.”
2. Kate’s secret
Like the introduction of Blake (Tripplehorn), Kate has a mysterious backstory that viewers will get a peek at when we follow her home at the end of the season premiere. But unlike Blake, hers won’t be tied to an unsub or even keep you guessing that long. Hotch and Rossi (Joe Mantegna) already know her secret, which involves a plane crash, and she will tell Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler) in the third episode. “Something pretty tragic happened in her life, but she wasn’t a victim necessarily,” Messer says. “Her secret is not like Blake’s at all. She’s been dealt a hand that most people aren’t dealt. There’s no secret in that, but she also doesn’t want it to be what defines her, certainly to the rest of the team.” The event is also partially what spurred Kate on to become an FBI agent. “She was on her way there with her psychology degree, but this happened at a very important time in her life,” Messer says. “It was her trigger, so to speak, and it informs why she’s as strong as she is. She’s very tough, smart and fearless.”
3. The long road to recovery
As we previously reported, Garcia (Kristen Vangsness) will be suffering from PTSD as a result of shooting the pseudo-nurse who tried to poison Reid in the season finale. In the second episode, she will meet with the guy in prison and get some closure, but look for it to pop up again. “[Meeting him] will certainly help, but I don’t think you move on from traumatic events completely, so it will come up here and there,” Messer says. “Morgan and Hotch really try to help her.” In better PTSD news, Reid will not fall back on Dilaudid after his brush with death in the finale. “He becomes even wiser,” Messer says. “You see how he’s dealing with it, but there’s nothing tragic. That’s definitely by design. He’s had a lot of tragedy, so maybe the surprising thing is we don’t go there.”
4. Jane Lynch is (maybe) back!
It’s been six years since we last saw Reid’s schizophrenic mom Diana, but now that Gleeis ending — with a shortened season at that — chances are looking very up for her to finally return. “We’ve been teased throughout the years that we could have her. We don’t want to get our hopes up again, but we’re starting to think of ideas,” Messer says, adding that a return would not occur until the second half of the season. Diana was most recently mentioned last year, when Reid learned that she’s been doing well and went on a supervised trip to the Grand Canyon. Because of that, Messer wants her return to be in a similarly positive vein. (Maybe she’s released from Bennington Sanitarium?) “The thing that brings her back can’t be sad and heartbreaking. We’ve seen that already,” she says. “We need to have a big splash to bring her back and we want to arc out what that could be.”
5. Don’t scratch
The season’s still young, but Messer promises that the fourth episode is the show’s “grossest episode yet.” There’s not much in the way of blood and gore, but the hour, titled “The Itch,” will be heavy on creepy crawlers, as it follows an unsub who believes he has cockroach larvae in his body. “He tortures people with live cockroaches because he wants them to believe him,” Messer says. “We had 1,500 live cockroaches on set. The psychological torture of this one is victim and audience alike! I kept squirming and closing my eyes when I watched it. It will creep people out!”
6. A love letter for you — yes, you!
To celebrate the big 1-0, Messer is planning a major midseason episode — similar to last season’s 200th episode — that will have many callbacks and possibly old faces from the last nine years. “I can’t talk about it yet, but I’ve got an idea. It’s going to be a giant team episode because those are my favorite,” she says. “It’s going to be a love letter to fans who’ve been with us all 10 years.”
7. Replicating The Replicator (story line)
For the second time ever, the series will feature a season-long unsub, who will be introduced at the end of the premiere after the BAU thinks they’ve closed the case of the week, which involves human limb collecting. Technically, they do solve the case, since the new, overarching one spans beyond chopping off some arms and legs. (Hint: It involves a wide-reaching network.) “The unsub is only part of the puzzle,” Messer teases. After touching on the case midway through the season, Messer plans to wrap up the story line in the last two episodes. “It will culminate in the finale. We try to break our last two episodes of the year as a movie. We know pretty much how Part 1 would end and how the finale would end. You’ll probably think one thing [after you see the premiere], but it’s bigger than you think.”
Criminal Minds airs Wednesdays at 9/8c on CBS.
“Criminal Minds” executive producer, Erica Messer, sat down with TV Fanatic to chat about the upcoming season of the series. TV Fanatic asked a few question about Jennifer Love Hewitt, as well as her character. You can check out the snippet below. They also talked more about the new cases, the 200th episode, and more. You can click the link after the article to view the rest of the interview.
We’ve been through this before, right?
New season of a long running show is about to kick off, but the new face to the show is a very familiar one to TV viewers. For Criminal Minds Season 10 it’s Jennifer Love Hewitt (Party of Five, Ghost Whisperer), as she joins the cast as Kate Callahan.
Executive Producer Erica Messer told me yesterday that she and her writers had Callahan start off on the right foot with the group from the start, explaining why in the exclusive interview below.
Also, we talked about personal stories to come and, this being Criminal Minds, some of the cases that just may have you looking away from your TV at times…
TV Fanatic: I really like how you integrated Jennifer Love Hewitt into the show in this premiere. She seems to get along with everybody pretty quick but was that your design or was that more organic just because of who Jennifer is?
Erica Messer: I think it’s a combination of both. She’s so lovely it’s hard to not like her and then it feels like it would be playing something really false to have any kind of conflict there and also it’s a little bit of a learning curve when we introduced Blake back in season 8 [and] there was a little bit of internal conflict.
The very nature of somebody new coming into our family and having a little bit of conflict with somebody was not really embraced by the audience and my fear with that was it kind of stuck with her longer than intended. It was actually just meant to bring another layer and a shade to it but instead I felt like it sort of had people not excited about her character and I certainly didn’t want to do that again. So this was a little combination of learning from the past but also just also the nature of who Love Hewitt is. She’s lovely on screen and off and the team, you know it seems only right for them to connect with her on the great and they certainly are connecting with her on the great.
TVF: That said, did you go about making sure that Kate Callahan was a little different than what we’ve seen in the past with other characters?
EM: Yeah, at this point we’ve had the show for so long and the audience definitely wants to come back and watch the team that they’ve known and loved for so long. So if we’re going to bring somebody new into that family the idea was they have to have a little bit of a different voice and a different skill set because they’re coming into a very established world…what I did with it was give her the background of going undercover and having to interact with bad guys on a long term basis and that’s something right off the bat that our team doesn’t have to do.
They go in every week and they find the bad guy and they bring him to justice weekly and the idea is there’s a whole other group at the FBI that doesn’t have that and I don’t know if the grass is greener there or not because what they have to do is dive in, sometimes for months, to really lure in these bad guys and it felt like why not have her character know the world, be familiar with the worst of the worst but she’s just had to deal with it in a completely different way and she pretty much says that to Hotch in their first interaction. “You find a bad guy every week. How do you not take that home with you?”
TVF: Would you say at least in the first episodes with her, is that her learning curve? How to shake it off when she’s doing this in a much faster pace than what she’s used to?
EM: It will sort of culminate by the end of the season. You’ll get the idea that it’s easier said than done to just let something go and Hotch gives you that look at the end of the premiere that he’s not letting it go either. So it’s not something that we will touch base with throughout the episodes but sort of the feeling of season 10 will be they don’t all let things go.
Get ready to meet the newest member of the BAU when Criminal Minds debuts its 10th season.
Ghost Whisperer alum Jennifer Love Hewitt is returning to CBS this fall as FBI Agent Kate Callahan, who will gladly fill the void at the BAU after Blake’s (Jeanne Tripplehorn) sudden exit in the season finale. The team will welcome her with open arms after spending the summer down a man, so to speak. How will she fit in? And what made Hewitt return to broadcast television? EW caught up with the actress to get the scoop.
EW: How did you joining Criminal Minds come together?
I had been on a break for a bit being a mommy. They were looking to add a new cast member and obviously I spent some time at CBS before, doing Ghost Whisperer. Honestly, I had always wondered and been waiting to find the perfect way to get back. My first CBS experience was so awesome. They’re great, and Les [Moonves] has been great to me. I was really excited when they called and asked to take a meeting. I met with [showrunner] Erica [Messer], who I’ve known since I was 14 from Party of Five. I hadn’t seen her in a really long time, so it was great to catch up with her. It all fit and the timing was perfect.
Tell us about Kate Callahan.
Kate is a really interesting woman. She comes to the BAU with her own experience, which I like. I wasn’t quite sure at first if I was going to be a newbie who hadn’t done this before. When they told me about her, I was really excited that she comes with her own background and talent. She had met the BAU team before in an interesting way, which they talk about in my first episode. It’s fun how they’ve all run into each other one other time before Kate gets added to the team. She has a lot of gumption. She’s very feisty. If she’s afraid of a bad guy, she doesn’t show it. She enjoys her job. She really enjoys understanding these people better and getting them put away.
It seems like she fits into the team very well. Is there anyone she doesn’t get along with?
No, pretty much just the bad guy. She has a rapport with everybody on the team. There isn’t a lot of awkwardness with Kate and these characters. She comes in and they remember her very quickly and they get to work. She has a big first day with this team on the job. It’s fun that way. Kate loves really good people in a very sarcastic, feisty way. She has a lot of respect for her comrades and the people she works with. She’s excited to be part of the team.
She’ll be paired up with Rossi (Joe Mantegna) a lot early on. How do they work together?
In the beginning, Rossi is who she’s with the most. I’d say Rossi and Hotch (Thomas Gibson) really are the people she’s with. I always say she’s like the Barney Fife to Hotch’s Andy. She gets really excited to go where he tells her to and be at his side in that way. She and Rossi have a really sweet connection. They have a lot of respect for each other and really enjoy working side by side. I’ve gotten to do a little bit of stuff with Morgan (Shemar Moore) recently, which has been fun. I obviously work with everybody, but those three characters in particular seem to be where I am. Hotch and Rossi are the first two to know Kate’s background story, so they’re very kind to her and supportive of her own personal life story.
Can you say anything about her backstory?
You will get to know it pretty quickly into the season. It’s not like a cliffhanger or anything, but it explains a lot about what some of her triggers will be, why she’s so willing to be feisty and finds real disgust in these people that she has to deal with on a daily basis.
She starts out undercover in the premiere. Is that an expertise she’ll bring to the team more this season?
I hope so. We haven’t done it again yet, but it’s only the beginning of the season. I really had fun with the undercover part of it in the beginning. I’m hoping it’s something she’ll get to use because it is different.
How is this character different from the roles you’ve played in the past?
For me, it’s completely different. Coming off of [The Client List], which was so incredibly different, they couldn’t be more different characters. For [Ghost Whisperer’s] Melinda, there wasn’t a bad guy. Melinda really came up against a lot of super scary people in a totally different way than Kate does. Kate comes up against real life, scary, creepy bad guys. For Melinda, most of the time those people ended up being dead and she was able to find empathy for them. Kate has absolutely no sensitivity for these people just because she believes in the right in people, doing things the right way and not hurting other people. Melinda could understand why these people could do these things and she had to understand in order to get these people to the light. It’s fun, I obviously dress much different on this show than I have in the things that I’ve been in the past and I have a different haircut. It’s the first time I’ve been on a show that I’m not producing and didn’t put together. I’m just a cast member. It’s their house and I’m just really honored to be invited in. It’s fun for me. It’s different in every way possible, but it’s really great.
You brought some great comedy to Hot in Cleveland. Does Kate bring levity to the team?
She does. She has a really fun sense of humor. She’s very sarcastic, and sometimes makes a joke when it’s inappropriate to make a joke. She loves to have zingers with the bad guy, like land something right as she’s leaving the room. It’s a fun part to her. I was really excited that Erica let me bring a sense of humor into this world.
Hey everybody! Jennifer Love Hewitt stopped by “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” this past Monday (September 29) to promote “Criminal Minds.” She talks about giving birth, her husband, sending Matt Damn a bed (which was hilarious!), and so much more. You can check out the interview below, as well as 296 high definition screen captures in our photo gallery. Enjoy!
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Hey everybody! The first trailer for the upcoming season of “Criminal Minds” was released a few days ago! I want to thank Mandy for the heads up on this. It’s just a short 30-second promo, but we do get a small glimpse of Jennifer’s new character. Exciting, right? You can check the promo below and be sure to catch the season 10 premiere on October 1st, 2014 at 9:00PM on CBS. Enjoy!
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