'Criminal Minds' Enlists Adam Rodriguez as Season 12 Regular

Helping to fill the void created by Shemar Moore's decision to exit the CBS procedural.
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Adam Rodriguez

Criminal Minds is adding a new face to the team for season 12.

CSI: Miami grad Adam Rodriguez has joined the cast of the CBS procedural as a series regular, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Rodriguez will be introduced in the season 12 premiere. He will play a special agent who is a member of the FBI Fugitive Task Force and joins the Behavioral Analysis Unit. His casting helps fill the void created by Shemar Moore, who exited Criminal Minds last season following an 11-year run as Derek Morgan.

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

The casting brings Rodriguez back into the CBS fold after a nearly 10-year run as Detective Eric Delko on the CSI: Crime Scene Investigation spinoff CSI: Miami and the short-lived drama Reckless. Most recently, the actor had recurring roles on Jane the Virgin and Empire. His credits include The Night Shift, The Goodwin Games, Necessary Roughness, Ugly Betty, Roswell and both Magic Mike features. Rodriguez is repped by UTA and A Management.

Criminal Minds, which earned an 11th hour renewal at CBS, returns to its Wednesday at 9 p.m. slot in the fall. A formal premiere date has not yet been determined.