CBS TV series “Criminal Minds” has been going through a lot of cast changes recently. Not only did Shemar Moore exit last season, but Thomas Gibson got fired due to an on-set altercation with a writer and producer. Now, Damon Gupton has joined the crime show as a seasoned profiler named Stephen Walker.
Although things haven’t been smooth behind the scenes, one thing that didn’t change is the cast’s friendship. Paget Brewster, who plays Emily Prentiss, reunited with her fellow friends Kirsten Vangsness, who plays tech genius Penelope Garcia, and A.J. Cook, who plays Jennifer Jareau/J.J. on “Criminal Minds” this season. Brewster didn’t waste any time getting to know Aisha Tyler, who plays Dr. Tara Lewis.
The Season 12 cast also shares a close bond with “Criminal Minds” showrunner Erica Messer. Vangsness and Matthew Gray Gubler, who plays Dr. Spencer Reid, almost always co-write one or two episode of