The Criminal Minds Season 10 Premiere: Do You Like the Addition of 'Love'?

Criminal Minds Jennifer Love Hewitt

As CBS’ Criminal Minds kicked off its 10th season on Wednesday night, Jennifer Love Hewitt lent a, um, hand as the BAU tracked an UnSub who leaves behind only his victims’ torsos. By hour’s end, had noob Kate Callahan won you over?

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The premiere opened with Callahan sweet-talking a purveyor of child porn, then all but laughing in his face when he (as they all do, she notes) falls for the usual sting, hauled away in handcuffs. Next we see her, she is riding up the elevator to 6 with Reid, who recognizes her from karaoke night at Rossi’s old bar (Season 9, Episode 7). Turns out, Callahan is there to interview for the BAU spot Blake vacated when she moved to Boston to teach. And even though Hotch has passed on nine candidates before her — while Prentiss declined an invite to rejoin the team — Callahan’s record impresses him, so she is hired on the spot.

And her first case with the BAU is a doozy — an UnSub who removes his victims’ arms, legs and head, then leaves the torso somewhere to be found. In the early going, Dawson’s Creek‘s Kerr Smith looks to be our guy, but no, he “just” buys the amputated limbs, having kicked things up a notch since his days of doing bad things to mannequin parts. The next big lead brings the team to someone’s apartment, but it turns out that it belongs to the very first, male victim, who was framed as the UnSub post mortem.

Tracking that vic’s phone registry ultimately leads the team to the farm where the UnSub is having second thoughts about his latest target, seeing as she’s a smart girl who is chatting him up and making things personal. But first chance she gets, and with one arm already lopped, she makes a run for it, and just as the BAU storms the place. Callahan gets wounded in the scuffle, but Hotch guns down the perp before he can do real damage.

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But are things not over over? As the hour draws to a close, we see another jogger — just like the one who managed to flee the UnSub — get asked by a kindly middle-aged passenger for directions before getting grabbed and thrown into a van. What follows is a montage of men — polished, bland, skeevy — “shopping” on a website that puts young women up for auction. And as they refresh their screens, the just-grabbed jogger gets added to the inventory.

Also in the Season 10 premiere: As revealed in Fall Preview, Garcia and Reid are each still feeling the aftereffects of the Season 9 finale shooting. (She’s getting by on just a few hours of sleep, if only to avoid nightmares, while he is visibly still “feeling” the trauma to his neck.) And as hinted by show runner Erica Messer in interviews, we learned a little something about Callahan as the episode winded down — that she has a teenage girl in her charge.

What did you think of the season opener, and the seed planted for a multi-episode arc? And was anyone else impressed by how Love Hewitt — whom some thought to be a “jarring” bit of casting — in fact blended right in?


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138 Comments
  1. Laura says:

    I was prepared to not like JLH on here. I know it’s still early, and I’m still iffy, but I think I’m really go to like her as a new cast member.

    • MC says:

      I thought last season was great and I wasn’t looking forward to any changes in the cast (although the finale demanded it). However, I think JLH was a decent replacement and I hope she will add some humor to the show. The season premiere was solid and I hope the subsequent episodes will be even better.

    • Amy in KC says:

      Same!

    • TrickyGreyArea says:

      Completely agree. I was shocked at how well her first scenes worked for me, which was a huge relief as I was expecting to hate her. She had some nice moments with almost everyone in the cast.

  2. Tran says:

    The casting of JLH on Criminal Minds is definitely not my cup of tea. I’ll pass but I don’t know how long CM is going to end at some point in time.

  3. Lauren says:

    Very pleasantly surprised. I think she blended in quite well, and thus far, I like her chemistry (non romantic) with Reid and Penelope!

  4. Angela says:

    We’ll start off on the lightest of notes first: Kate joking with Reid about the concept of twerking gave me the most bizarre, amusing mental images :D. Oh, my. Things seemed a little flirty between them at moments, actually. Hm.
    I do think Kate eased in with the others fairly well, yeah-I liked her and Garcia bonding over cute videos and pictures, she and Rossi click rather well, and she’s got a good sense of humor about her. And I loved her messing with that creep at the start of the episode. Definitely curious about that young girl living with her-I’m assuming this will tie into that tragedy from her past that’s supposed to be addressed in an upcoming episode. Interested to learn more about that.
    As for the case itself? Ewwwwwwwwwwwwww. So much ew. Loved the victim fighting back and getting away at the end, though…but that ending was very unsettling, and has me wondering a little more, too.
    And why do I get the sense there’ll be a comment or two about that passing remark regarding Emily?
    Anyway, not a bad start with Kate, looking forward to seeing her settling in with the team further. And I’m especially interested in seeing how Garcia and Reid continue to recover from the events of last season. That promo for next week raised an eyebrow or two!

  5. Christine says:

    I just can’t agree that Hewitt “blended right in”. The performance was too forced, which may partly be the writers fault, but it was not believable. How would anyone, on their first day with their new team, be running lead on questioning suspects? The whole episode to me felt like they were just jamming her character into the story with a shoehorn and she just didn’t fit.

    • Kate isn’t a newbie she’s a seasoned investigator just like the rest of them.
      she also seems to be a type-a person so i doubt she would sit back & observe

    • Did u not pay attention…the team already knew her somewhat so it’s not like they were strangers…

      • Christine says:

        Actually yes, I do pay attention, they had HEARD of her, not worked with her. In my own honest personal opinion and experience when someone joins a team that has been together for years you first take a little time to catch the flow of how everyone works together.
        Everyone has their own opinion and that’s fine – it invites discussion.

        • Sara says:

          Well, they had met her at the bar doing drunk karaoke (according to what was said), so it was my interpretation that they had bonded with her a bit that night. Plus, what they knew of her apparently stellar career, it seems they were able to trust her a bit more professionally than they did with Emily Prentiss years ago when all they knew about her was that Strauss wanted her on the team (which was potentially not good since Strauss was almost like an enemy). That’s my interpretation, anyway.

    • bonnie says:

      I agree

  6. Ben from VA says:

    Jennifer Love Hewitt is awesome.. I like the connection she has with Reid and JJ.

  7. I’ll reserve judgement until the next episode or so. But so far she seems okay. Of course mom was right about her ‘assets’ being part of it. Conservative on the case, not so much at home.

    Of course me being me, I did like the Morgan and Reid interactions. And you could tell Morgan knew that something was bothering him. That part was good.

  8. I Heart Damon Salvatore says:

    I went into it thinking, “This is never going to work,” and came out of it thinking, “Wow, I can’t believe how well that worked.”

  9. bj says:

    I was really surprised. I didn’t expect to like her as I’m not a real fan, but I loved her character. I think she’s a great addition to the show. I thought she had great chemistry with everyone.

  10. Sara says:

    I think I am going to enjoy her addition to the cast. I liked that her character seemed to fit in right away. I look forward to learning more about her!

  11. Jessica says:

    I wasn’t a big fan of the case but really liked her and her interactions with the cast. I wonder who the girl is. Maybe one of those child victims from one of her cases from her previous job.

  12. jodie says:

    I loved Jennifer Love Hewitt!!! I thought she did a fantastic job and she is a great new addiction to the BAU team!!!#

  13. jodie says:

    I loved Jennifer Love Hewitt!!! I thought she did a fantastic job and she is a great new cast member to the BAU team!!! #1CRIMINALMINDS!!!!

  14. Kubrick says:

    I’ll give a few more weeks before I have a concrete option but so far she’s okay. I’m hoping somewhere along the way someone says to her ‘you look like you’ve seen a ghost’

  15. JBC says:

    Watched only the beginning because the cases are getting too violent and creepy, but I thought she fit in well. It helps that she is already an experienced agent. Wish I could watch CM fully again, but it is challenging to watch between the gore.

  16. Kait says:

    I usually dislike her as an actress, but she surprisingly didn’t bother me that much. Her character seems okay from what was shown so far, but her makeup was off and it distracted me. We’ll see how this changes as the season progresses, especially not knowing what her background/home story is that they gave us a peek of at the end.

  17. Devonda says:

    why do you think they added the narrative to it? That RUINED IT to us, we actually turned it off, Hope that every new one wont be that way, It was Horrible, why mess with perfection, and Love needs to GO.. But i could endure watching her if they would just Drop all the talking and let it be like it use to be,, Every one who i spoke with taht was looking forward to the new season feels the same way, No narration PLEASE or we just wont watch, it takes away from the story line and suspens, even the drama seems Fake with that stupid voice telling they walked to the car, the investigators////// bla bla bla, Hope next week isnt like to night , and maybe Jennifer wont be on it either, I have NEVER missed a single episode, EVER but i can tell you after tonight i will stick to Reruns, Unless next week is better I cant take it nor can my Daughter, We will just go Retro , season 1 up until Now,. Hope theyDrop the talking and Jennifer.. shes great on other shows have to say Not on Criminal minds tho…

    • Narrative…what r u talking about….the only narrative they did was in the beginning when u saw their plane and Rossi did a quote fron Edgar Allan poe and the end when JJ did a quote…and if that’s what your talking about then obviously you’ve never seen the show because they have done that in every episode they have ever done…

    • Sara says:

      I am super confused as to what you are talking about. What narrative/narration?

      • bj says:

        I was wondering about that too. Did someone put the closed captioning on by mistake?

        • cookie curci says:

          that happened to me once.. it’s in the remote or tv set …. a narrative comes on, it was driving me crazy until someone told me how to get it off…

    • Stephanie says:

      Wawa to you . The show was great.

    • SK says:

      To Devonda – could it be perhaps you have your tv on narration or something? What you said about a voice telling they walked to the car, the investigators blah, blah, sounds like the narration on your tv is on. I remember that when my nephews were watching a dvd, there was a narration explaining what’s happening to the characters and that’s what it was. Your description sounds like that’s what’s happening to you because there wasn’t any narration to the actual show except for the usual quote from someone.

  18. robinepowell says:

    I hope they put some makeup on J’S face to cut down the shine. That’s what kept catching my attention. Her character’s face was too shiny.

  19. Jimmy says:

    When they first announced her casting, I was not in favour of JLH joining the show. I didn’t think she was right for the part, and while I’m not fully sold, I was pleasantly surprised. I liked her scenes with Reid, Garcia and Rossi, but IMO the episode was too centered on Kate – it seemed like she was in nearly every scene. Other than that, I enjoyed the season opener – as I enjoy all CM premiers.

  20. Jennifer Love Hewitt has a mature hotness that’s undeniable.

  21. Joelle says:

    I can’t stand her either.Terrible actress and the rest of you that are yelling at at someone for not liking her… everybody has their own opinions. Grow up. She’s AWFUL

    • JEst says:

      You may want to reserve the I’m entitled to my opinion thing for a comment section where people actually do such “yelling.” So far it hasn’t happened in this specific article.

    • Angela says:

      *Looks at the comments thus far*

      Uh, who are you talking to with your rant? Nobody’s been yelling at anyone for their opinions here thus far-jumping the gun with your defensiveness a little? If you didn’t care for her, that’s fine. To each their own.

  22. Rusty says:

    I think she did ok, we’ll see as the season progresses. Somebody do something about her hair!! It’s so unattractive. It looks unkempt, dirty and I don’t know what kind of style it is supposed to be. Have never seen it on another woman, and I can see why.

    • Cheryl Taylor says:

      Yes, PLEASE do something with that hair. That “style”, if you could call it that, is indescribably ugly. And fix her makeup. I thought she was very good in her role though.

  23. Georgia Lujan says:

    I love Criminal Minds. It’s one of the best programs on TV and I have never missed a single episode BUT Jennifer Love Hewitt definitely does not fit in!! She is totally out of her league here. She’s fine on other silly programs but not here!! Her flirtatious little giggle and giddiness REALLY has to go. This is a serious storyline.

    • Kathy says:

      I agree completely! Never did like her before & certainly can’t stand to see her on one of my favorite shows. Now they will get cancelled. Oh, what’s with the ugly hair style? Gross!

  24. Tanya says:

    Meh… I honestly thought it felt a little forced, but not a bad as I was expecting .. I understand that she’s a seasoned agent but it felt like they were trying too hard to show that she was at ease with the team … It just didn’t feel organic to me … I hope they don’t focus on her too much too soon…

  25. Jerri says:

    Nope. I don’t think so.

  26. Tina says:

    Regarding the comments on JLH’s appearance, I think it was a good move for her to have a more natural look (some shine on her skin, hair that isn’t perfect) just because it helps viewers to see her as a character that is different from other characters she has played, and perhaps to help Callahan come across as a more serious character. Most of her previous characters seemed to have been overly done up (e.g. I am pretty sure Ghost Whisperer had bedroom scenes where she ‘wakes up’ with full eyeliner and false lashes)

    • Amy in KC says:

      I agree. I thought she looked great, actually, but not too “sexy.” I also liked her hair! Does this mean I have bad taste in hair? Or am I just aware that most people don’t have a professional stylist at home to do their hair every morning? Sheesh.

      • Angela says:

        I liked her hair, too! Messy, yet cute. I wish my hair could look cute when it’s messy :p.
        And well said to Tina’s post above as well. I’ve always thought Jennifer was a pretty woman as it was, last night was no exception.

  27. Karen Starnes says:

    I liked this episode. Good to get to the new season. I think Jennifer Love Hewitt fits in nicely and is a good choice. It must be hard to come into an already established show where the other cast members have been there from the start. This is my favorite show and look forward to the rest of this season.

  28. Don says:

    I think Jennifer Love Hewitt is great for the part, she is a natural for the BAU, I might add she is looking really hot!

  29. Stephanie says:

    Really liked the show with Jennifer Love Hewitt in the show. Refreshing new show. Waiting to see next weeks show.

  30. Jen says:

    I have watched her on other shows and found her to be “ok…just ok”……I’d watch the show if it was on already but I never went out of my way to look for a show with her in it !!
    After tonight’s show , I was really surprised at how good she was !! She was quick , her lines weren’t forced( nor did they sound like she was reading them out loud ). She actually seemed like she had been with the team for years and she looked GREAT !!!
    Here’s to a new season of one of the best shows on television…can’t wait till next week !!!!!

  31. greysfan says:

    I love Jennifer Love Hewitt and its great to see her back. I wish the poll rating the episode though had an option for extremely creepy. That’s what i thought of it. It was a great episode though. I think JLH will make a great addition to the team.

  32. JEREMY says:

    Callahan’s chemistry with Reid and Garcia will help her blend with the rest of the team,and that by itself will go a long way.

    If this is the final season for CRIMINAL MINDS(as it could very well be),it looks they’ll be leaving
    on a high note.

  33. Carol Atkinson says:

    It’s hard to tell from 1 episode but I think she will fit in fine. JLH is a good actress gotta let her spread her wings and learn to fly with this wonderful group on Criminal Minds!

  34. Sweetpea says:

    I just don’t like her on this show. They gave her way too much screen time. I watch for the core ensemble and I wish CBS and the show runners would just get that most people do and stop trying to add someone. The only one who fits is Padgett Brewster. I don’t hate J Love but they forced the team to accept her too quickly and put the focus on her which just doesn’t work for me or the show. Could be I’m still mad she got Client List cancelled with her brattiness trying to keep her baby daddy employed but I don’t like her. I won’t stop watching because it’s my favorite show but I wish they hadn’t added her character. I’d rather learn more about the core people I actually care about than a new person who gets more screen time than any of the core ensemble!

  35. A. Slaughter says:

    The first epi of CM seemed…..I dunno, a bit limp. It just seemed to sit there, if you know what I mean.

  36. kirk says:

    not big on all the changes love old cast. bring back Emily

  37. Pat says:

    It was a great start for Jennifer Love Hewitt’s premiere on Criminal Minds. I think she is going to fit in quite well. It will be interesting next week to see if Garcia really attends that execution. That will be creepy and even though she has a good heart, this could be pushing it for her.

  38. John says:

    How long before she gets pregnant and demands her boyfriend to be cast as her baby’s daddy?

  39. Diedre says:

    Nope, can’t stand her so I won’t be watching until she’s gone. Hopefully this will be a one and done season with her.

  40. Tazita says:

    Didn’t like the new addition at all. Changed the dynamics of this great show and appeared to make her the main cast member. Her hair was also…so bad. 😛

  41. rebecca phillips says:

    why with this BEST OF THE BEST show would you do this!!! Who does this person know or belong to? When she doesn’t fit somewhere she just appears on ANOTHER show!!! Criminal Minds does not need a has been, a newbie would have been MUCH better!!! just not right I believe will HURT the show

  42. Jeff k says:

    J. Love hewitt is a pill.she has zero talent but big boobs.she just had a failed show.now she is piggybacking off the actors that have built C.M. I really like the show but Hewitt is a washed up has been.she was cute twenty years ago but she has little talent and is not believeable as an fbi agent.all the actors on the show seem very intelligent,hewitt is a moron.kill her off and lets move on.

  43. OldFan says:

    This episode proves once again Hotchner is the bad a** of the team

  44. Jeff k says:

    I dont care about her “assets”.she does nothing to sell the show.my wife and I have watched from day one,jlh is a,drag,seems phony and fake and totally unbelievable. Jlh cant seem to hold a job or her series keep getting cancelled.washed up,no talent even Yasmine Bleeth would of been a better choice. JLH must have pics of the producer naked and riding goat among other things.I could not fathom a more poorer choice to be on the show.so phony….

  45. Tatoun says:

    I’m really surprised: I think I liked her. The episode was very good, better than the subpar season 9 and its average criminals.

  46. Johanna says:

    In my opinion, it wasn’t CM’s worst or best premiere but I wish that the writers would have invested a bit more time and creativity in Alex Blake’s backstory and character development during Seasons 8 and 9 before her exit. Jeanne Tripplehorn is an accomplished actor as she proved on those rare occasions she was given something to do. Seems like we’re getting plenty of information (maybe too much so soon) about Kate Callahan; less organic than the arrival of Prentiss or return of Rossi.

  47. Rich Abey says:

    While I’ve usually been a fan of J-Love’s work and was really excited to learn she was joining Criminal Minds, I still had doubts as to how she would blend in with the team. First thoughts were that she’d be the odd one out: flashy & sweet talking, and being an irritant to the team. It turns out she fitted in alright!
    Pretty good case of the week too, though despite being a long-time fan I finally had to put down the jelly I was eating (never a good idea to eat while watching Criminal Minds though I was continuing straight off a fun half hr of Goldbergs) after that scene where the unsub recalled having a private/intimate moment with the fresh ‘leg’ he had just brought off a classified add (no I wasn’t hallucinating while writing this sentence).

    • Angela says:

      LOL, yeah, eating can be a very, very bad idea sometimes when watching this show. I winced a couple times throughout the episode myself, and that guy talking about the…intimate…moment with the limb? That was way more information than I really needed to know! Garcia’s rant when she was looking up all that stuff online was mine-oh, I pitied her so having to wade through all that.

  48. karen says:

    I’m a huge CM fan…I’ll always want Prentiss back but JLH did well!! I’ll always keep watching!

  49. I am happy Miss Hewitt finally got a role with some teeth besides herf housewife madamn! I happen to love her in anything. She fit right in with the wonderful Criminal cast.

  50. Brandon says:

    I think JLH did an excellent job and fit right in with the show and cast. I’m looking forward to see her grow throughout the season and learning more about this character.

    • bradi agree says:

      Iagree the character felt like she was being forced upon us. Liked her ok. Wish prentiss was back. I hope they change jlh hair and make up she looks so igly and she is so pretty usually.