Paget Brewster has returned to Criminal Minds for season 12 and she's back to filming as a regular cast member with many of her old co-stars. All are back except for two Criminal Minds cast members who have moved on. That would be Shemar Moore, who left the show after season 11 was finished and Thomas Gibson who was ousted for a demonstration of anger on the set while filming season 12.

She's back!

You will see Brewster on the show Criminal Minds for the first time this season on October 12.

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The season premiere is scheduled for September 28. When Brewster left Criminal Minds, she had teamed up with John Stamos for the Fox show Grandfathered, but it was canceled after only one season. This freed her up to join the cast of Criminal Minds full-time, but before Gibson was fired, she had already signed on to make guest appearances on the show, according to MSN News.

Big gap with Hotch gone...   

Brewster returns to her role as SSA Emily Prentiss on the long-running criminal profiling show, but her boss won't be with the BAU when she returns.

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The firing of Thomas Gibson left a big gap with the cast as his character Hotch, who was the head of the BAU unit, was a popular character on the show. It is not known yet how the writers will orchestrate Gibson's departure from the show.

Will Hotch ever return?

If there is even a slight chance he will ever return, they would have to keep him alive, or at least have him in a cliff-hanging killing where the body is never found and bring him back to life somewhere down the line!

If there's absolutely no chance of Hotch coming back to the BAU, they could kill him off in a variety of ways. Maybe by making him a victim of one of their previous profiled criminals?          

Heartthrob gone...  

His firing came on the heels of Shema Moore leaving, who was a heartthrob to many of the fans out there. Adam Rodriguez and Aisha Tyler have joined the cast for season 12, so not only will you get an old favorite back, but you also get two new characters this season.

Joe Mantegna, Matthew Gubler, A.J. Cook and Kisten Vangsness are still on the show.

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