Jeanne Tripplehorn has boarded CBS's Criminal Minds as a series regular. The actress signed a one year deal with an option for a second year.

She will fill the void left by Paget Brewster, who announced in February that she was leaving the series after playing Emily Prentiss for six seasons. Jeanne Tripplehorn will play the new FBI profiler in the show, although they are still working out specific character details.

Showrunner Erica Messer had this to say about the addition.

"We're thrilled to have Jeanne Tripplehorn join our team as a profiler. It's an exciting way to start season 8."

The actress recently made an appearance on Fox's New Girl and earned an Emmy for her role in HBO's TV movie Grey Gardens.