Criminal Minds Video: Aisha Tyler Talks Pulling Double Duty, Explains New Look

CBS’ Criminal Minds is about to recruit a new team member — and she is one very busy woman, as seen in this exclusive “day in the life of Aisha Tyler” featurette.

In the crime drama’s Season 11 premiere (airing Wednesday at 9/8c), Tyler debuts in the recurring role of Dr. Tara Lewis, a forensic psychologist hired by Hotch to help out while JJ (like her portrayer A.J. Cook) is wrapping up maternity leave.

But before hitting the Criminal Minds set, Tyler is taping one (and sometimes two) episodes of CBS’ daytime chatfest The Talk. Plus, her lush locks are MIA by the time she hangs with Hotch & Co.

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How is Tyler tackling the double duty? And what’s the story behind her distinct look as Dr. Lewis? Press play above for those answers and more.

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  1. GG says:

    Probably her easiest gig but she does voice for Archer some point in the year.

  2. The Rookie says:

    Erica’s description of the “funny, caring and smart” character sounds exactly like Prentiss. Too bad we can’t get her full time. Hope they can work out a short arc/crossover with Beyond Borders that includes Emily.

  3. Luis says:

    I love Aisha Tyler outrageously, but that hair!!! The horror . . . the horror . . .

  4. Chicago Dan says:

    It was smart to give AT a different look since she’s on TT 5 days a week on CBS, of course. Good way to separate the two. Looking forward to her role on CM

  5. Ralph says:

    Love Aisha, hate the short hair no makeup look. I’ll stick with watching her on the talk.

  6. Thor Heiney says:

    Additionally, she is the one who holds the anchor of reality on Whose Line is it? As such she exhibits an unwaveringly sharp sense of humor. I do believe that I read somewhere that she is a member of Mensa. While I have never researched her educational background, I have always been impressed by her facile mind and her stimulating intellect.

  7. Mary says:

    I can’t wait to see the show back on .Love the show. Will be waitiing to her on too.

  8. Lyngal says:

    Criminal Minds needs a new hair stylist. They keep giving Matthew the goofiest styles, they gave Paget those horrible sideburns, they did a hatchet job on Jennifer’s hair, and now they gave Aisha a terrible cheap $1.99 doll wig!

    • Pandora says:

      Exactly!! Got to be the same person who allows Viola Davis to be filmed without her great wigs & we have to see that nappy hair that is natural. I don’t car

  9. Kay says:

    Fire Aisha Tyler. Intensely dislike her on The Talk and even more so on Criminal Minds. She has ruined the show for me. Have been an avid fan of CM since the beginning. Will no longer watch the show while she is on it. What a shame.

  10. Pandora says:

    Why in the heck would Aisha Tyler allow herself to be made up so ugly on this show??! That wig looks like roadkill on her head! Can she not see what she looks like? It looks even like a bad wig! I did not once look at her charachter & think she looked smart, sexy & serious. She looks ugly, unprofessional & is just lazy wanting to wear that nasty wig to skip having her hair done. Cannot for the life if me figure out why women pick a bad wig or will allow themselves to be filmed with natural hair that is nappy on TV when they have great wigs to choose from.

  11. joey ann gore says:

    I love aisha in everything she does.she is beautiful no matter what she wears or does her hair stop hating people beauty fades dumb is forever