Advertisements http://www.tvguide.com/News/Paget-Brewster-Returns-Criminal-Minds-1033744.aspx I'm kind of surprised by this and not surprised by it at the same time... Paget Brewster is returning to Criminal Minds and Rachel Nichols is gone. I'm not surprised Paget is back because ever since it was announced that JJ was returning there was a lot of speculation that Prentiss would be back too. And Nichols being gone was only a matter of time anyway. The only reason I'm surprised is because I can't imagine how on earth they'll be able to write Prentiss back into the BAU after the way her character exited... I get that it's a TV show but I think having a character who is technically, legally dead return and begin working again as a full fledged FBI agent on an elite team is gonna be hard to explain. Then again, after the way fans reacted by the firings in the first place, I doubt anyone will care, as long as the team is back together. Although from what I read, Thomas Gibson hasn't signed on yet... I said it before, I still think they're back-pedaling on the women because they're preparing for the possibility that Hotch won't come back. After the riot that happened for "breaking up the family" before, I think if they suspected Gibson might not re-sign, then they needed a back up/insurance plan. We'll see I guess. This was my least favorite season of the show and it's pretty obvious why--the cast and the characters they play are what makes this show separate from every other POS procedural out there. It's the only crime show I watch for that reason, so it didn't work for me this year. Hopefully now that they're in tact and that god-awful spinoff is gone, the show can get focused again.