Avid fans of the CBS show “Criminal Minds” will see a new face when the series returns to the small screens for its Season 12 run.
Adam Rodriguez has joined the cast members of “Criminal Minds” season 12, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The actor is best known for his role on “CSI: Miami” as Detective Eric Delko. He also starred in the TV series “Reckless,” “The Night Shift,” “The Goodwin Games” and “Ugly Betty.” Apart from the said shows, Rodriguez also had recurring roles in “Empire” and “Jane the Virgin.” Some of the Hollywood actor’s film credits include both “Magic Mike” movies, as well as the 2009 flick “I Can Do Bad All By Myself” and “All About Love.”
In the upcoming “Criminal Minds” Season 12, Rodriguez is set to play the role of an FBI Fugitive Task Force special agent, who will join the Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU). The actor’s addition as a regular cast of the said CBS show comes after the unexpected departure of Shemar Moore in Season 11. Moore was part of the “Criminals Minds” since the start of the series. He portrayed the character, Derek Morgan.
The series’ showrunner Erica Messer stated in a statement released Wednesday that they are “thrilled” to introduce the show’s “new special agent” to be played by Rodriguez, as indicated in the same report. She also described the actor as “very talented” and teased of the “exciting” events to happen in “Criminal Minds” Season 12. “We have exciting storylines planned for his character and the entire BAU team as we head into our 12th Season,” Messer said.
CBS Entertainment President Glenn Geller also commented in a statement that they are “all big fans” of the actor, E!News reported. “[We] are excited to welcome him back to the CBS family as part of the terrific cast of Criminal Minds," Geller added. The CBS executive was referring to Rodriguez’s days as part of “CSI: Miami” that aired on the said network.
“Criminal Minds” Season 12 is expected to premiere this fall.