'Criminal Minds' season 11 cast news: Jennifer Love Hewitt and A. J. Cook go on leave due to pregnancy; Page Brewster could return in a recurring role

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Season 10 of CBS's procedural series "Criminal Minds" achieved good ratings, primarily due to the addition of A-List star Jennifer Love Hewitt who played the role of Kate Callahan, a former undercover agent from the FBI.

In a Reddit AMA, Joe Mantegna, who plays David Rossi on the show, answered questions about the upcoming season of "Criminal Minds." Montegna remained vague in his responses, but let a few minor details slip. When asked if Page Brewster, who plays Emily Prentiss on the show, would return for season 11, Mantegna suggested that it was very likely. "Well, there's been talk of - there's a chance Paget may make an appearance now and again. Eric our producer mentioned it in an interview that there's a possibility that Paget may return from time to time." Montegna also revealed that he will be directing two episodes in season 11. "I've directed one in the last few seasons, and I purposefully try to bring in more personal stories in the scripts I direct."

In a recent article, Ecumenical News had reported that Hewitt and A. J. Cook won't be joining the main cast for season 11. Both Hewitt and Cook had announced their pregnancies and have taken leave from the series. According to Enstarz, Cook is expected to return towards the middle of the season, while Hewitt's status is still unclear.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, executive producer Erica Messer said that the show was always open to Hewitt if she ever decided to come back. However, she believes that Hewitt's exit will have little effect on the show. "I would not be worried about it. I really wouldn't. We have such a strong group together for so many years. I think season 11 is going to be a continuation of that," Messer said.

"Criminal Minds" is a police procedural series aired on CBS. The show follows a team of criminal profilers from the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU). The show is produced by The Mark Gordon Company in association with CBS Television Studios and ABC Studios.

CBS renewed the show for the 11th season on May 11, 2015.

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