‘Criminal Minds’: Two Stars Haven’t Acted Since Show Went Off the Air

by Joe Rutland

“Criminal Minds” was one of CBS’s popular shows at one time. Would you believe two of the show’s stars have not acted since it left TV?

It’s true. According to an article from Looper, they are A.J. Cook and Thomas Gibson.

Cook played Supervisory Special Agent Jennifer “JJ” Jarreau from 2005 until the show’s last season in 2020. Gibson played Aaron “Hotch” Hotchner until 2016. The actor, who previously appeared on shows like “Dharma & Greg” and “Chicago Hope,” was reportedly fired after a contentious spat with a writer.

He appeared as “Hotch” in more than 250 episodes of “Criminal Minds.”

Now, Outsiders, you might be asking what are they doing right now?

Cook, who appeared in “The Virgin Suicides” as it was Sofia Coppola’s debut feature film, really has nothing on her plate acting-wise. She’s actively a part of the Innocent Lives Foundation, which works to reveal online predators’ identities so police can nab them.

As for Gibson, he, too, does not have any acting credits at this time. He’s busy working on “The Writer’s Bible” as this film’s star and one of its co-writers.

You might recall that “Criminal Minds” had quite a cast at one time. Mandy Patinkin, Joe Mantegna, and “SWAT” star Shemar Moore all appeared in the show.

People who want to see its reruns can check out streaming services or other TV networks.

‘Criminal Minds’ Reboot Plans With Paramount+ Apparently Are Off Now

There was a glimmer of light, Outsiders, that “Criminal Minds” was getting a reboot.

Paramount+, the streaming service where CBS’s “SEAL Team” will be running its episodes, had talked about doing one of the CBS show.

The announcement came down in February 2021.

Yet it appears that’s all gone away.

Paget Brewster, known for playing Emily Prentiss on “Criminal Minds,” responded to a fan’s inquiry.

“No, and sadly, we think it’s dead,” she replied on Twitter. “I’ll let you know if there is any progress but it seems unlikely. Which is a bummer.”

She had been with “Criminal Minds” since 2006 and appeared in almost 200 episodes.

It is interesting to note that Jeff Davis, who created the original show, did sign on as executive producer for the reboot. There never was a lot of clarity around who from the old show would appear for Paramount+.

Besides Mantegna, Gibson, Moore, and Cook, others from the “Criminal Minds” TV show cast are Aisha Tyler and Matthew Gray Stabler.

As we pointed out, the show was successful for CBS. It produced two spin-offs for the network in “Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior” and “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders.”

“Suspect Behavior” had Forest Whitaker as its lead actor. “Beyond Borders” had “Forest Gump” and “NCIS: NY” actor Gary Sinise on board.