After the recent departure of long-time Criminal Minds cast member Shemar Moore, fans of the series wondered who would replace him. Well today, we got our answer.

It was announced that Adam Rodriguez has joined the cast of Criminal Minds as a series regular.

His character will be introduced in the series’ 12th season premiere this fall on the CBS Television Network.

“We’re all big fans of Adam’s and are excited to welcome him back to the CBS family as part of the terrific cast of CRIMINAL MINDS,” said Glenn Geller, President, CBS Entertainment.

Rodriguez will play a special agent who is a member of the FBI Fugitive Task Force and joins the Behavioral Analysis Unit.

“We’re thrilled to introduce a new special agent by adding the very talented Adam Rodriguez to our amazing cast,” said Erica Messer, Executive Producer/Showrunner. “We have exciting storylines planned for his character and the entire BAU team as we head into our 12th season.”

Most recently, Rodriguez had recurring roles in the series Jane the Virgin and Empire. His additional television credits include 11 seasons as Eric Delko on CSI: Miami, for which he earned an ALMA Award in 2011, and Reckless, both on the Network, as well as The Night Shift, The Goodwin Games, Necessary Roughness, Ugly Betty, Roswell and Resurrection Blvd.

**Photo Credit: John Arsenault**

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