Funny you should ask. Right at the moment indications are that Paget Brewster's character Emily Prentiss is going to have a reduced role. There were a number of articles on the show's casting when CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler was sent out to be a target for the press two weeks ago. According to E! Online: The story includes a bunch of BS from Tassler about why the changes? According to another story headlined The Future of Paget Brewster on Criminal Minds: Vangsness has some very mixed feelings about the situation as seen in comments she made to the folks at Zap2It: And in a story headlined CBS President Defends Criminal Minds Casting Moves, Says Paget Brewster's Return is Actress' Call: I always keep in mind that a few years ago in response to some cast contract demands CBS just dumped some key characters on "CSI" without blinking. There is no question that A.J. Cook leaving the show really upset the fans. CBS takes some pretty big risks creating strong characters with great actors and then dumping them. I really liked this article at the time she left the show: We still like the show. And we like Kirsten Vangsness's character. But there is a risk CBS is going to run the weird, quirky female techie into the ground. I hope they have sense enough to stop with Vangsness and Pauley Perrette (NCIS) characters Penelope Garcia and Abby Sciuto. It would make an interesting crossover to have the two of them interact. As far as Rachel Nichols as Agent Ashley Seaver, so far she's been ok. But she wasn't in the last episode. And it's obvious that they knew they'd have a problem, so they included an elaborate backstory for her. On the other hand, if she asks for Pepsi's when they only have Coke on the set we may never see her again.