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June 15, 2010, 3:04 pm
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Even though most of the Criminal Minds fan base watches for Matthew Gray Gubler, the show is still unique in how well the entire cast works together. However, that may soon change as the show is trimming down the female characters on the hit sitcom.

Series regular A.J. Cook has not been picked up and co-star Paget Brewster is being made an offer to stay for only a reduced number of episodes next season, leaving fan favorite Kristen Vangsness as the only remaining full-time female cast member.

Criminal Minds has had seven regulars as part of its core cast. Staying on are Joe Mantegna, Thomas Gibson, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler and Vangsness. With the exception of Vangsness’ quirky nerd godess Penelope Garcia, which has developed a strong following, the series has largely been perceived as a male-centered ensemble, with the boys getting most of the action.

A source close to CBS stressed that the casting changes on Criminal Minds were a creative, not financial decision, and a way to “refresh a veteran drama series.” A new regular female cast member will be brought in sometime next season to fill the void that will be left by Cook’s departure.

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