Will Kirsten Vangsness and A.J. Cook Return for 'Criminal Minds' Season 13?
Will Kirsten Vangsness and A.J. Cook Return for 'Criminal Minds' Season 13?
Derek Stauffer
Derek Stauffer
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
Criminal Minds is continuing into season 13 after a year that saw quite the cast shake-up. Season 13 might not quite right the ship when it comes to the cast, however. Deadline is reporting that Kirsten Vangsness and A.J. Cook's future with the show is a little uncertain. The reason for the hold-up is that the two actresses are looking for similar payment to their male counterparts. It's matter that has been in dispute for a quite a long time.


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The negotiations come after the news that Joe Mantegna and Matthew Gray Gubler have signed new contracts to continue with the show. So while Reid and Rossi will definitely be on Criminal Minds season 13 (along with already confirmed returning cast members Adam Rodriguez, Damon Gupton, Aisha Tyler and Paget Brewster) Penelope and J.J. might not be sticking around. 

Reportedly the talks with the actresses started after the deal was reached with both Mantegna and Gray Gubler. The two actresses are banding together and trying to get paid as much as co-stars like Joe Mantegna and Matthew Gray Gubler. 

This isn't the first time that the pair have tried to get parity from the studio. They worked together in 2013 over similar contract disputes. While a deal was reached back then, things don't look that easy now. The rumor is that both actresses will walk if they don't get paid the same as those who have been on the show just as long as them. 


Vangsness and Cook have both been with Criminal Minds since the very beginning. Vangsness was a recurring cast member in season 1 but in season 2 moved to series regular status and has stayed there ever since, even becoming a co-star in Criminal Minds spin-off Suspect Behavior. Cook has a bit more complicated history. She has been a series regular, as J.J., for every season but season 6. This particular season was a cause for controversy itself as fans were more than little upset to see Cook (and Paget Brewster's) episode orders reduced and there were criticisms of Criminal Minds not treating its female stars fairly. 

So what do you think? Could Criminal Minds continue without Penelope or J.J.? Will a deal be reached or will more fan favorites leave the Criminal Minds cast? 


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