Criminal Minds' fans may have lost Paget Brewster, but at least another series regular is staying put. Matthew Gray Gubler (who plays Dr. Spencer Reid) has just signed a new two-year deal with CBS. With the new contract, comes a pay raise, and Gubler will now making upwards of $100,000 an episode. Not too shabby.
Brewster and Gubler were only the two cast members whose contracts were up after this past season, and all other regulars will return in the fall. This brings an interesting conundrum though, as the contracts of series heavyweights Joe Mantegna, Shemar Moore, A.J. Cook, and Thomas Gibson are all rumored to be expiring following the 2012-2013 season. Theoretically, this means that fans might have a mass exodus on their hands, but that's obviously only speculation at this point. Producers will also have to worry about re-negotiating with new cast member Jeanne Tripplehorn next year too, as she only signed a one year deal. I wouldn't worry too much though. If a show can survive losing Inigo Montoya, it can survive anything.
Are you happy Matthew Gray Gubler is returning to Criminal Minds? Do you think so many contracts expiring next year could lead to trouble for the show?