Criminal minds: what happens to the actors who left the series along the way?
While TF1 continues this evening the broadcast of the fifteenth and final season of “Criminal Minds”, spotlight on the (many) actors who have left the series over the years. From Mandy Patinkin to Thomas Gibson, what happens to them?
Airing from 2005 to 2020 on CBS in the United States, the crime series Criminal Minds has seen many changes in its main cast over the years. From the unexpected departure of Mandy Patinkin, aka Jason Gideon, at the start of season 3 to the dismissal of Thomas Gibson, the interpreter of Hotch, in 2016.
By way of the successive (and stealthy) introductions of new feminine collections such as Rachel Nichols, Jeanne Tripplehorn, and Jennifer Love Hewitt, which will have struggled to mark the series.
While the French broadcast of the fifteenth and final season continues this evening on TF1, and the entire series is available on Disney + and on Amazon Prime Video, find out what becomes of the actors who have left the series during road. And which, unfortunately for the fans, will not return on the occasion of the final of Criminal Minds, expected next Wednesday on TF1.
Lola Glaudini – Elle Greenaway
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Part of Criminal Minds at the beginning of season 2, after only 28 episodes in the skin of FBI agent Elle Greenaway, Lola Glaudini subsequently increased appearances in many series, including New York Special Unit, Blue Bloods, or Revenge.
In 2010, she found a regular role on television thanks to the series Persons Unknown, centered on seven people who do not know each other and who wake up in a deserted city from which they cannot escape, but this psychological thriller is canceled at after 13 episodes.
After a stint by The Expanse in 2015, she lends her features to Polly Hinton in a few episodes of Marvel: Agents of SHIELD, then lands in 2018 the recurring role of Anita Novak, candidate for mayor of New York who crosses the path by Ray Donovan, in the eponymous series.
Mandy Patinkin – Jason Gideon
At the end of season 2 of Criminal Minds, of which he is however the headliner, Mandy Patinkin, alias Gideon, decides to slam the door of the series because he no longer supports the dark and bloody intrigues told episode after episode by the writers.
After leaving behind the psychopaths, Mandy Patinkin appears in a few episodes of series (The Whole Truth, Three Rivers), as well as in the cinema in The role of my life by Zach Braff, in Wonder, or more recently in Only life. .
But it is on the small screen that he finds, in 2011, a leading role with the Showtime Homeland series, developed by Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa from the Israeli series Hatufim, prisoners of war. For 8 seasons, Patinkin plays Saul Berenson, Carrie Mathison’s (Claire Danes) mentor at the CIA.
And with Homeland coming to an end in April 2020, Gideon’s ex-performer will soon be joining the cast of The Good Fight in Season 5, as Hal Wackner.
Rachel Nichols – Ashley Seaver
Arriving in season 6, to fill the void left by the dismissal of AJ Cook (JJ), Rachel Nichols leaves Criminal Minds after only 13 episodes, when CBS ends up reinstating Cook in the cast of the series at the start of the season. 7.
But the actress, seen previously in Alias, then bounces back with recurring roles in Rush and Chicago Fire, then especially thanks to the Canadian series Continuum, broadcast from 2012 to 2015 on Showcase, and in which she plays the heroine Kiera Cameron, a police officer from the future who finds himself stranded in Vancouver today.
More recently, Rachel Nichols has, among others, illustrated herself in a few episodes of the Titans and The Man in the High Castle series, available respectively in France on Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.
Jeanne Tripplehorn – Alex Blake
In 2014, after two seasons spent in the skin of Alex Blake, Jeanne Tripplehorn decided not to renew her contract and to say goodbye to her character. Rather discreet during the years following her departure from the series, she participated in the series Undone in 2019, then joined the following year the cast of Mrs. America as Eleanor Schlafly, opposite Cate Blanchett.
And we should find it, next year, in the credits of the series The Gilded Age, signed Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey), which will be broadcast on HBO.
Jennifer Love Hewitt – Kate Callahan
Arrived in the series at the start of the 2014 school year, at the start of season 10, to replace Jeanne Tripplehorn, Jennifer Love Hewitt also made a rapid passage in Criminal Minds since, in the spring of 2015, after only one season, the actress, pregnant at that time, decides to leave the series to devote himself fully to her unborn baby.
A few years later, in 2018 she joined the main cast of 9-1-1 in season 2, to play Maddie, Buck’s sister (Oliver Stark). A role that she has been playing for three seasons now and that she will return to when she returns to the United States for season 5.
Shemar Moore – Derek Morgan
In March 2016, Shemar Moore bids farewell to Criminal Minds after 11 years of loyal service to devote himself to other projects.
And the interpreter of Derek Morgan is not idle for long since he becomes in 2017 the star of SWAT, also broadcast on CBS across the Atlantic and on TF1 in France. A new detective series of which he is one of the producers and in which he plays Daniel Harrelson, nicknamed Hondo, a SWAT sergeant torn daily between his humble origins and his duty to his teammates.
Thomas Gibson – Aaron Hotchner
In 2016, following an altercation with a writer of the series he allegedly hit, Thomas Gibson, who plays agent Aaron “Hotch” Hotchner since the very first episode of the series, is suspended, then finally fired from Spirits criminals through production and the CBS channel.
And since – undoubtedly paying for his past behavior and his reputation as an angry actor – Thomas Gibson has been very discreet. Appearing only in 2019 in a second-rate film titled Shadow Wolves.
Damon Gupton – Stephen Walker
Following the dismissal of Thomas Gibson in the summer of 2016, the CBS channel asked the production to hire comedian Damon Gupton, seen in particular in Empire, Goliath and Bates Motel, in order to once again swell the ranks of the team. of profilers.
Gupton then joined Criminal Minds in episode 8 of season 12, in the role of special agent Stephen Walker, an experienced profiler from the behavioral sciences department who comes to lend a hand to Prentiss, Rossi, Reid, and their colleagues. . But his character struggles to win and the writers decide to separate from Walker at the end of this same season 12, offering him a tragic end revealed during the first episode of season 13.
Damon Gupton rebounded quickly, however, as, a year after his departure, he landed the regular role of Bill Henderson in the CW’s superheroic series Black Lightning, which ended this year after 4 seasons.