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Criminal Minds Adds Damon Gupton as New Series Regular in Wake of Thomas Gibson's Departure

By / Published on Monday, 03 Oct 2016 16:25 PM / No Comments / 71 views

Damon Gupton

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It looks like the BAU may have just found their Hotchkiss replacement.

CBS announced that Damon Gupton has joined the cast of Criminal Minds as a series regular in the wake of original cast member Thomas Gibson‘s firing following a physical altercation on set. He’ll make his first appearance in the eighth episode of season 12 as Special Agent Stephen Walker, a seasoned profiler from the Behavioral Analysis Program (aka the counterintelligence division of the FBI) who will bring his spy-hunting skill set to the BAU.

“Our BAU family is growing,” showrunner Erica Messer said in a statement.  “We’re excited to have Damon join the show and work alongside our amazing cast and crew.”

Gupton’s TV credits include roles on Bates Motel, Empire, and upcoming series Goliath. Fun fact: Before embarking on his acting career, he toured the country as a symphony conductor.

The casting marks the latest in a string of cast changes the show has undergone this season. Aside from the void left by Gibson’s departure, Adam Rodriguez joined the series as a regular to replace Shemar Moore, who left the show in March after 11 seasons. Paget Brewster, who was returning for a brief arc as Emily Prentiss, was promoted back to series regular, as well.

Criminal Minds airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on CBS.

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