Can Jennifer Love Hewitt Pull Off New ‘Criminal Minds’ Role?

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Jennifer Love Hewitt is returning to CBS — this time as a series regular in the tenth season of Criminal Minds, premiering this fall. The actress will play undercover agent Katie Callahan, whose work has landed her a much sought-after spot in the exclusive Behavior Analysis Unit.

“We’re thrilled to introduce a new special agent by adding the very talented Jennifer Love Hewitt to our amazing cast,” showrunner and executive producer Erica Messer said about the casting news in a statement. “Many of us on the show have enjoyed working with her over the years and look forward to again. We have exciting storylines planned for her character and the entire BAU team as we head into our 10th season.”

Hewitt, who got her start on Fox’s Party of Five in the ’90s, is a seasoned pro at appearing on the small screen, having also previously starred as Melinda Gordon in CBS’s Ghost Whisperer for five seasons through 2010 and then Lifetime’s The Client List for two seasons. However, the latter was canceled in 2013 by both the network and producer Sony Pictures, reportedly due to creative differences with Hewitt over storylines for the third season. The show was based off a TV film of the same name, also starring Hewitt. She has also made several recent guest appearances on TV Land’s Hot in Cleveland.

Despite her long small screen history, this will mark Hewitt’s first time on a crime-busting cop show and fans seem to be skeptical as to whether she can really pull off the role.