In a cost-cutting maneuver, CBS’ "Criminal Minds" is paring its female cast members, opting not to pick up the option of series regular A.J. Cook and reducing the number of episodes for co-star Paget Brewster, reports Nellie Andreeva on Deadline.com.
That will leave only one full-time female cast member: Kirsten Vangsness, who portrays computer technician Penelope Garcia. The report says that there are talks with Brewster, who plays special agent Emily Prentiss, for a deal that would keep her on as a regular, although not appearing in every program.
There are also discussions with Cook, who portrays media liaison Jennifer Jareau, to appear in a few episodes to tie up her character’s story arc. The changes to the show, produced by CBS Television Studios, The Mark Gordon Company and ABC Studios, are part of CBS’ efforts to reduce series costs on its older and more expensive ensemble dramas, the article says.