Penelope and J.J. aren’t leaving Criminal Minds anytime soon. Deadline reports Kirsten Vangsness and AJ Cook have just signed a new deal for season 13 of the CBS TV show.
Earlier, we reported that the long-time cast members were locked in negotiations for the upcoming season because they were seeking salary parity with their male co-stars, Joe Mantegna and Matthew Gray Gubler. Vangsness and Cook also sought parity in 2013 after being paid less than half of what their male co-stars earned. They eventually earned a raise but did not achieve equal pay with Mantegna, Gubler, and then cast member Shemar Moore.
Now, it looks like Vangsness and Cook have finally struck a favorable deal with Criminal Minds‘ producers, ABC TV Studios and CBS TV Studios. The two will star in season 13, which is set to debut this fall.
What do you think? Do you watch Criminal Minds? Are you glad both Vangsness and Cook are back for season 13?