Jennifer Love Hewitt joins new season of Criminal Minds

Jul 2, 2014 at 5:11 p.m. ET
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Jennifer Love Hewitt has been added as fresh new face to the CBS staple.

The 10th season of CBS's crime drama, Criminal Minds, will have a quirky new twist: Jennifer Love Hewitt has been cast as a series regular on the long-running fan favorite, according to Entertainment Weekly.

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"We're thrilled to introduce a new special agent by adding the very talented Jennifer Love Hewitt to our amazing cast," showrunner Erica Messer said in a press release. "Many of us on the show have enjoyed working with her over the years and look forward to again. We have exciting storylines for her character and the entire BAU team as we head into our 10th season."

JLH, who gave birth to a daughter in November of last year, will play a character named Kate Callahan, who is a former undercover FBI agent whose standout performance gets her a job with the Behavioral Analysis Unit.

Criminal Minds follows a unit of FBI agents who specialize in tracking down serial killers. Hewitt has experience playing an investigator with a different specialty. She starred as a woman with the ability to see and talk to the dead in the hit show Ghost Whisperer. Her character used the un-living to help her crack mystery cases around the fictional town of Grandview, New York, so maybe Kate Callahan will use the same skills to help benefit the FBI.

Most recently, Hewitt starred in Lifetime's The Client List as a financially-struggling mother of three who turns to massage parlor prostitution to keep her family afloat. The show was canceled in November after just two seasons, reportedly over creative differences between Hewitt and the network.

Criminal Minds currently stars Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Joe Mantegna, Kirsten Vangsness, Thomas Gibson, AJ Cook and Jeanne Tripplehorn. The new season is set to premiere Oct. 1.