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Now That Paget Brewster Is Leaving "Criminal Minds" She Can Finally Claim Her Spot Among The Funniest Damn Women On The Planet

By Rob Payne | Industry | February 16, 2012 |

By Rob Payne | Industry | February 16, 2012 |

First, for the sake of transparency, I’ll cop to never being able to make it through an entire episode of CBS’ “Criminal Minds.” For one thing, I’m simply not a fan of most procedurals unless they have the initials SVU somewhere in their title. If I wanted to watch the same thing happen week-in-week-out, I’d set up hidden cameras in my apartment for a single seven-day cycle and then play that on a loop. But with “Criminal Minds,” specifically, I couldn’t bear watching actress Paget Brewster be totally super seriously, like, all the time. I’ve no doubt she’s a talented dramatic performer, but Brewster first became recognizable to me on the sitcom “Andy Richter Controls the Universe.” I haven’t been able to shake the feeling that she’s been horribly miscast and underused since that show’s premature cancellation.

Thanks, again, Fox!

But I digress, and what all the digression diarrhea (diagrressionia?) means is that I finally have some good news to report for this week. Well, I think it’s good news. According to Deadline, Paget Brewster has chosen not to renew her contract with CBS when it expires this coming May. Last year, amidst uncertainty over her position at “Criminal Minds,” Brewster shot a comedy pilot that (possibly fortunately) didn’t make it to air, and she wanted to do another this year but she failed to get the A-OK from the studios that produce the drama. Apparently, that was the last straw, as she said in a statement:

“After six wonderful years playing Emily Prentiss, I have decided it’s time for me to move on. As much as I will miss my ‘Criminal Minds’ family, I am excited about the future and other opportunities.”

Though Brewster doesn’t currently have any future pilots lined up, the mere fact that she wants to return to her sitcom roots is welcome news. Naturally, I’ll be rooting for her to land on a decent show with good writers (and on a network that will let quality rise), but her presence and comedic chops will elevate any series that will have her. Paget Brewster is one insanely funny lady, and she deserves to make as many people laugh as is humanly possible. If you’ve never seen “Andy Richter Controls the Universe” and have no idea how radass she is, then I highly recommend watching the below clips. I’ve seen the entire series on DVD more than enough, and she still cracks me up. Every. Damn. Time.


And, of course, let’s not forget that she was Kathy on “Friends”. I didn’t realize that until a few moments ago, actually, but now I understand why I always kind of hated that Chandler ended up with Monica. Paget Brewster has always been ridiculawesome.

Rob Payne also writes the indie comic The Unstoppable Force, tweets on the Twitter @RobOfWar, and his ware can be purchased here (if you’re into that sort of thing). What he’s trying to say is that he’s a big, big fan. But not a Big Fan.

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