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CBS Gives the Finger to "Criminal Minds" Fans

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | July 2, 2014 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | July 2, 2014 |

Criminal Minds has been one of the better procedurals on television over the last decade, at its best when it focuses in on truly disturbing serial killers. When combined with the angle of psychologically analyzing the criminals, it often veers out of procedural territory entirely and into the realm of horror. It’s not perfect by any stretch. I could go without ever hearing the pretentious ass term “unsub” ever again, and Jeanne Tripplehorn’s character has been frankly insufferable and badly written during the couple of years she’s been on the show.

The good news is that Jeanne Tripplehorn’s Blake left in the final episode of the season last month. The bad, and wonderfully hilarious, news is who is replacing her in October when Criminal Minds returns.

Yes, Jennifer Love Hewitt.

Seriously, is it April Fool’s Day on Mars or something? Is that how time zones work? In what possible universe would a show runner think this was a good idea?

Let’s see what show runner Erica Messer has to say:

“Many of us on the show have enjoyed working with her over the years and look forward to again. We have exciting storylines planned for her character and the entire BAU team as we head into our 10th season.”

Uh … so what character will she be playing? “A seasoned undercover agent whose stellar work at the FBI has landed her a coveted position with the Behavioral Analysis Unit.”

Undercover? What was she undercover as? A terrible actress? A mannequin?

Forget jumping the shark, CBS just gave it a razorwire enema.

(source: EW)

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