Paget Brewster, better known as the only interesting and likeable female character on CBS’s Criminal Minds, has just signed up for the NBC pilot My Life As An Experiment. The news comes in the wake of CBS officials relegating Brewster, who plays supervisory special agent Emily Prentiss and AJ Cook, who plays SSA-Media Liaison Jennifer Jareau, to supporting status. If My Life As An Experiment turns into a series, Brewster will be able to give the middle finger or go out in grace with the network, who TV Line has reported has changed their minds and given Brewster the chance to come back as a regular—which might as well be giving her a slap in the face.

The only slaps Brewster should be getting are the slapstick kind. My Life As An Experiment, based on a book by A.J. Jacobs, will be a comedy pilot. This won’t be Brewster’s first foray away from the dramatic. In her early career, she had a recurring role on Friends, and more lately she’s done voice work on animated comedies such as American Dad and Harvey Birdman, Attorney At Law.

In some ways the change might do her some good. In her new pilot, she’ll be playing a wife and lawyer, so hopefully this will earn her a more spectacular wardrobe.
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