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Criminal Minds made it through ten and a half seasons with relatively few casting shake-ups, but ever since Shemar Moore left last year, the show has delivered a non-stop stream of noteworthy comings and goings. Luckily, this is good news, as the CBS drama landed the always solid Harold Perrineau, of Constantine and Lost fame, for a big recurring role in Season 12. Fingers crossed there's at least one nod to the actor's TV breakout role.
It will be a little later in the season when Harold Perrineau will appear, but he'll be part of a tight arc as a former FBI agent named Calvin Shaw. Shaw is no longer working with any part of the government, as he's behind bars for the murder of one of his informants. According to TVLine, Shaw will enter the storyline for a run-in with an unnamed BAU agent, after which the squad has to make a judgment call on whether Shaw is on their side or not.
Which BAU agent is he going to have a run-in with? And how is that run-in going to occur if he's incarcerated? (Obvious answer: inside a prison.) I want to see Aisha Tyler and Harold Perrineau in some super dramatic scenes together, but I'd get if he's used to test one of the newer recruits in some way.
A gig like this should be as smooth as butter for Harold Perrineau, who first made waves on the small screen as the wheelchair-bound narrator on HBO's Oz. He had memorable runs on Lost ("Wa-a-a-a-alt!") and as a Sons of Anarchy baddie who did the worst thing ever, and he can currently be seen in David E. Kelley's legal drama Goliath on Amazon. Perrineau is also quite familiar with popping in and out of broadcast procedurals, with appearances on different shows within the CSI and Law & Order franchises.
Hopefully Calvin Shaw will turn out to be a friend so that his recurring role could turn into something more permanent. As hinted at earlier, Criminal Minds has seen some casting uproar recently, thanks to the firing of Thomas Gibson, the additions of new cast members Adam Rodriguez and Damon Gupton, and the full-time returns of Aisha Tyler and fan fave Paget Brewster. There might not be room for more, but everyone is welcome.
Excellent timing for this casting, as Criminal Minds will return to CBS from its relatively short winter hiatus tonight, January 4, at 9:00 p.m. ET. Head over to our midseason premiere schedule to see what other shows are making debuts in the coming months.