Exclusive: Criminal Minds Targets Tricia Helfer for Villainous Season Finale Role

Battlestar Galactica alumna Tricia Helfer will guest-star in the Season 7 finale of CBS’ Criminal Minds, TVLine has learned exclusively.

Helfer shared the news with us on the red carpet Saturday night at the 26th annual Genesis Awards, adding only the tease that she will be playing “definitely a bad character.”

CBS announced earlier this week that the Criminal Minds finale will run two hours on May 16, and involve an attack on a federal bank — and subsequently a hostage situation in which of the BAU members is held captive.

The finale will also feature a wedding, series boss Erica Messer told TV Guide Magazine, and pave the way for Paget Brewster’s Prentiss to (again) leave the canvas.

Beyond her memorable run on BSG, Helfer’s most recent TV credits have included TNT’s Dark Blue and NBC’s The Firm. She is also at work on the TNT pilot Scent of the Missing, starring as a tenacious K-9 Search and Rescue volunteer who works with a golden retriever named Puzzle. (With reporting by Vlada Gelman)



Comments (38)

  • Girlfriend needs her own show. She’s way too talented to be on third-rate CBS drivel.

    Comment by Sam – March 24, 2012 07:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Criminal Minds is first-rate awesomeness! You couldn’t be more wrong!

      Comment by Justin – March 25, 2012 12:32 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Amen Sam. I hope Scent of the Missing gets picked up and is actually good. TNT doesn’t have a great track record with shows for me personally…but now that Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber, and Tricia Helfer all may get shows on there…I will probably watch haha

      Comment by This – March 25, 2012 10:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love Criminal Minds. Will it be back for another season?

    Comment by L..Pawloski – March 24, 2012 07:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yes it’s already officially been renewed. :)

      Comment by Sara – March 24, 2012 08:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • ohh c’mon tricia I thought you had higher standards!!!! not this crappy piece of television

    Comment by luke – March 24, 2012 07:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Unlike you, she does given she chose this terrific show. Sorry, troll!!

      Comment by Justin – March 25, 2012 12:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • say wha? ohh and look up the definition of internet troll!!!

        Comment by luke – March 25, 2012 03:10 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • I’m simply saying Criminal Minds is the complete opposite of crappy television, so she does have good standards choosing to guest star on this show.

          Comment by Justin – March 25, 2012 02:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Luke, you’re right – people do toss around the “troll” tage way too much. But it’s an understandable side effect of both actual trolls whose sole purpose is to antagonize and internetitus which is rampant and causes people to overstate their own opinions.
          I suspect you fall into the later category.

          Comment by crappy comments section – June 14, 2012 03:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Such an old thingy…

      Comment by Comment by Comment by Comment by Comment by – June 14, 2012 03:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • cant wait

    Comment by ty – March 24, 2012 08:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • How tall is she?

    Comment by bad kevin – March 24, 2012 09:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I heard she’s 5’11″. She used to be a supermodel so she must be pretty darn tall

      Comment by This – March 25, 2012 10:09 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Awesome news. After the terrible news this week with regards to BSG:B&C it will be nice to see Number SIx once again on Television.

    Comment by Eridapo – March 24, 2012 10:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This so called actress needs to stay away from my shows. She killed Dark Blue and she killed The Firm, she is not an actress she is a show killer

    Comment by Jeff – March 25, 2012 01:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Wow, Jeff. You are so wrong there. Tricia Helfer is awesome. I would watch her read the newspaper.

      Comment by Loki – March 25, 2012 02:37 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • ditto! Tricia is awesome!

        Comment by lipsticksocialism – March 25, 2012 08:17 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • maybe we can blame her for the mass effect 3 endings!

      Comment by TJCrinc – March 25, 2012 02:37 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • That was a joke…..

        Comment by TJCrinc – March 25, 2012 02:38 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I think The Firm killed The Firm.

      Comment by Brooke – March 25, 2012 12:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • ‘BAU members is held captive.’ Prentiss to die for real this time?

    Comment by sarbel – March 25, 2012 02:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • We can only Hope.

      Comment by Dan – March 25, 2012 06:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • No if you read the thing above you would read she got a other job

      Comment by Michael – March 25, 2012 09:37 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Prestissimo doesn’t die this time- she leaves for another position .

    Comment by Edwin jahnes – March 25, 2012 03:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • “and subsequently a hostage situation in which of the BAU members is held captive.” in which of the BAU?

    Comment by eliott256 – March 25, 2012 02:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Seriously. #BAD GRAMMAR. In which members of the BAU are held captive or in which one of the members of the BAU is held captive. But who cares… YAY TRICIA HELFER!

      Comment by Loki – March 25, 2012 03:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • WEDDING!??

    Comment by Vero – March 26, 2012 05:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Vero – my thoughts exactly!! What wedding???

      Comment by Stacey – March 26, 2012 08:05 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • either graice will get married or JJ will remarried will

        Comment by Michael – March 26, 2012 06:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I think it will be a surprise wedding, one we aren’t expecting!

      Comment by Jon – March 30, 2012 06:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • After “To hell…and back” I swore never to watch another Criminal Minds season ender again…but a wedding? never say never…

    Comment by Vero – April 2, 2012 02:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • What the hell, has no one been paying attention to the show? Kevin and Garcia are getting married. He tried to propose to her in the last episode.

    Comment by heythere – April 2, 2012 07:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m hoping this wedding is JJ and Will’s because that would be totally unexpected whereas Garcia’s and Kevin’s would be obvious since he proposed not long ago. Also JJ’s mother, Sandy Jareau, is making an appearance. As for the BAU hostage I’m intrigued.. Hotch and Reid have had a hostage moment a few seasons ago, I’m doubting it’ll be Prentiss and Morgan and Rossi don’t seem like the hostage type so again it might be JJ as the finale is supposedly centred around her.. I love Criminal Minds and can’t wait to see this episode!!

    Comment by Sarah – April 5, 2012 06:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Um….tv guide says its will and jj’s wedding…..plus, they’ve been together way, waaaaayyy longer than Garcia and Kevin, so it would make more sense, they’re more committed to each other

    Comment by Kae – April 6, 2012 05:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I don’t care if they all get married as long as the show comes back another season. Is there any word yet if Reid will be back?

    Comment by Jan – April 19, 2012 11:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Criminal Minds has been renewed for season 8 but as for people coming back there’s no word as of yet. Obviously Prentiss is leaving, for the others I hope their all coming back with no new people

      Comment by Sarah – April 20, 2012 03:32 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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