Jennifer Love Hewitt Brings Criminal Minds Back to Former Glory

Jennifer Love Hewitt has brought hit CBS crime drama Criminal Minds back to its former glory, with her unsuspected acting talents and her ability to bring herself out of the box she has been put in since former CBS semi-popular series Ghost Whisperer.

When news first broke that the 35-year-old was scheduled to join the hit CBS series, many eyebrows were raised and full-blown scepticism reared its head in regards to how well the Texas native would fit in with the beloved cast. This scrutiny was in no doubt warranted, as previous new character installment member Jeanne Tripplehorn failed to impress die-hard fans of the show, and this lack of approval was not exactly unwarranted.

While Tripplehorn was in no way unqualified for her role of Alex Blake through season’s eight to nine, it was more that her acting ability did not quite fit in with what the show’s fans had become accustomed to. While the woman had certainly made her mark on various crime shows and movies, the issue was that she just did not fit in with the show’s dynamic and characters, no matter how much she tried. Her leave of absence after two years was, without prejudice to the actress herself, welcome to viewers of Criminal Minds due to the show’s lacklustre performance over the past few years

The general disinclination to accept Hewitt into the Criminal Minds family was not, in fact, unwarranted. The woman has not exactly shown a significant climb in her acting abilities since her aforementioned days in Ghost Whisperer, in which she was subject to significant ridicule due to how ridiculous the show was and how little she could possibly bring to such a reputable series

Hewitt, however, surprised most everyone in terms of her ability to work her character of Kate Callahan. The most significant moment in which she established her own ground regarding the show’s most recent season was in the episode entitled A Thousand Sounds. Planes were being shot down by an unknown assassin, who of course was brought to justice by the elite FBI team broadcasted by CBS, but the bigger part was Hewitt’s role in the episode. She was shaken by the events the FBI team were investigating (a plane crash) because she had faced personal struggles regarding such things in the past. Her brother and sister-in-law had perished in 9-11, and she subsequently took on the responsibility of raising their baby girl. The infant she decided to raise as her own is now a teenager, but Callahan’s emotional issues surrounding plane crashes remain front and center in terms of how she and Doctor Reid manage to talk the unsub out of his plans.

Her relationship with the other FBI agents is also how she has managed garner so much respect via her newfound role. Hewitt’s scripted back and forth banter via SSA David Rossi has garnered her multiple fans, based on her seemingly father-daughter relationship with the actor’s character.

Many Criminal Minds fans remain adamant that Jennifer Love Hewitt has no place in the hit CBS show. However, it is clear that the now decade long running show not seen such better days for some time as it now does with the actress having taken place in the current season.

Opinion By Rebecca Grace
Entertainment Weekly
Photo by zuko1312- Flickr License

13 Responses to "Jennifer Love Hewitt Brings Criminal Minds Back to Former Glory"

  1. Greg Rogers   February 11, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    I felt the same as the others. But it does seem that the show is better. Jennifer just saved AJ fool’s character. It usually was AJ Cooks character that was saving everyone else.Now their is a serial killer after those girls. Doesn’t he know what her mom does.? Guess not.

  2. Pete J. King   February 5, 2015 at 4:14 am

    I agree. She cut her hair and I think the producers were at a loss of what to do. Since then her hair’s been growing back (thank you, Jen!).
    It does seem a bit strange not seeing her as Sexy as we’ve seen her in other roles but she’s making up for it in letting us see her real range of talent.

  3. Donna Redd   December 6, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    Think she holds her own but they need to do something with her hair. She is typically a beautiful girl but the haircut she has needs help, please!

  4. Kathleen   November 28, 2014 at 1:57 am

    I think she’s a great fit. Far better than Jeanne Tripplehorn.

  5. Kate   November 17, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    Do not think Hewitt adds anything to Criminal Minds

  6. Pennie Thomas   November 12, 2014 at 8:37 am

    She doesn’t fit the cast, and I think it is awesome and the best crime drama I have ever
    seen without her.

  7. Randall   November 4, 2014 at 1:15 am

    Rebecca, i understand that this is an opinion piece, and you’re not attempting to state any facts, just your opinion, and as understanding such, i enjoyed the article very much and i do appreciate the writers teaming her up with more than just Dr. Ried, which was probably the biggest flaw of the Blake character. ..she never got close to anyone…tou chose tour words diligently and have insulted neither actor or show, well written, ignore the haters, theyre clearly too attached to a fictional show and probably have nothing better to do than complain about an opinion.

  8. .   November 3, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    I’m glad people aren’t agreeing with this. The show has always been successful, it’s survived ten years without her. That being said I think she’s a great addition, but so was Jeanne. The reason many people were hostile towards Jeanne was because Paget left, a big all time favorite for most not because she didn’t fit it, and right when people started to accept her she got taken off. Most of the cast members have been there since day 1, they have made the show what it is, not someone who’s been there for 5 episodes. This whole article sounds so ignorant, don’t write about something without doing some reaserch.

    • Laura   November 3, 2014 at 2:43 pm

      Whoever you are, you’re great. You completely understand everything. Jeanne was an excellent addition to the team & considering Blake was only a character 48 episodes, she was written quite well. Majority of people were very angry with Blake/Jeanne because Paget left. But as the seasons went by, and more people were becoming comfortable with Blake/Jeanne, there were STILL plenty of people sending death threats and angry comments all over Facebook and Twitter and other places. I understand that you can’t please everyone, but more people are liking Kate/JLH because Jeanne was the one that left, not Paget. Kate seems like a bland character so far – it might be JLH’s delivery, or the writing, but it is only the 7th episode of hers this week, so I can’t comment too much about her yet. But Blake was incredible and the fact that this article exists and is /allowed/ to exist makes me angry and pessimistic for humankind. You don’t hate on one character to make another seem better, you just don’t. Especially one with so much talent (i.e. Jeanne). Very disappointed in this author.

  9. Reecca Grace   November 3, 2014 at 10:26 am

    Yes, I did get the title wrong; that was a typo, and I apologize. All other parts of this opinion article still stand.

  10. Colleen   November 3, 2014 at 7:05 am

    This article/commentary is an obvious plant. Nothing about Jennifer Love Hewitt’s presence has anything to do with Criminal Mind’s success. It has stayed the course with the current cast and writers and Hewitt has added nothing by way of fans or energy to the series. She’s riding on the coattails and glory of the established cast and a dedicated fan base. The ratings are what they would have been if she’d never been hired. How dare you give her credit. She has not brought the expected fans or ratings CBS and the producers thought she had. Both are close to where they were last season, maybe slightly lower.

    Shame on you for trying to pretend that her selection was a success. Many fans don’t like her and continue to deride her presence in the series. Frankly, someone needs to introduce her to a hair brush and a flat iron; or she needs to start using AJ Cook’s stylist. I’m indifferent to whether she stays or goes; but I resent anyone who gives her credit for Criminal Minds’ success, when she’s brought nothing to the table and is riding high on the shoulders of Thomas Gibson and the rest of our beloved cast.

  11. Barbara   November 3, 2014 at 6:51 am

    I think you need to watch the actual episode, because Kate Callahan did not have a ‘bigger’ part in A Thousand Suns,(Which by the way is the actual name of the episode) but rather was part of a team! Laying claim that she’s single handedly brought Criminal Minds back to it’s former glory, is disingenuous to the rest of the cast and crew that has worked so hard for TEN years to bring the fans good quality episodes week in and week out. You might want to go back and review the shows ratings for the last ten years and see that Criminal Minds has always done well. It was never ‘out’ of glory in the first place where it needed to be brought back. You also really need to do some research before you write articles because your blatant lack of knowledge makes the opinions in your article moot and unsubstantiated.

  12. Tammy   November 3, 2014 at 4:51 am

    My thoughts are that you might want to get the name of the episode right before you report on it. The episode was ‘A Thousand Suns’.


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