Criminal Minds Season 11 Promo Teases 'Twisted' Premiere, New BAU Member

It’s B.A.U. at the BAU — and then it isn’t — when CBS’ Criminal Minds opens Season 11, as seen in this first new promo.

In the season opener (airing Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 9/8c), Hotch & Co, as they do, tackle a “twisted” and “bizarre” case. “This UnSub does some, obviously, weird stuff to his victims, which includes painting their faces,” showrunner Erica Messer told me. “And then we learn why he’s doing it, because he himself has a really hard-to-look-at face.”

The season-opening wrinkle, meanwhile, involves the hiring of a psychologist, Dr. Tara Lewis (new recurring player Aisha Tyler), to help fill the void while JJ/cast member A.J. Cook wraps up maternity leave. The shrink explains her reason for coming to the BAU side of things in the promo above.

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  1. Bryan says:

    I wonder if they’ll promote Tyler as regular then ?

  2. DL says:

    I love Aisha Tyler, but what’s up with that zany hair? Whoever is doing her hair and makeup on this show needs to reevaluate their styling choices…

    • Patricia Angelica says:

      I read somewhere that Aisha herself asked for a new and different looks on the show. First time I saw this, I didn’t like it, but I got used to it because of all the BTS pics she has been posting… :)

    • Das Snow says:

      I was thinking the same thing.

    • SK says:

      I totally agree with you! When I saw the preview on tv, that’s the thing that caught my eye, the weird hairdo! Does not look good at all!

      • SK says:

        I totally agree with you! When I saw the preview on tv, that’s the thing that caught my eye, the weird hairdo! Does not look good at all! I don’t mean to say weird but a bad haircut even for a guy.

  3. Pia says:

    “Meet the New Criminal Mind”

    This would turn into a very different show if she ended up being the new criminal mind…

  4. Luis says:

    WTF happened to Aisha’s hair?

  5. cookie says:

    Thank Goodness she’s only recurring. I just don’t see her as a serious actor.

  6. Angela says:

    Ooh, that case looks creepy and intense. Curious to see how Morgan gets caught up in it as he does, too, given what he’s saying to the guy at one point.
    Aisha didn’t seem too bad here. I could see her working out okay :). Can’t wait for the show’s return!