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Criminal Minds fans were heartbroken to learn that series veteran and original cast member Shemar Moore would not be returning for the CBS series’ 12th season. Well Hollywood moves fast and Moore’s replacement has been found in the form of actor Adam Rodriguez.

When the popular series returns this fall Adam Rodriguez will join the ranks in a juicy role. He is set to play a special agent from the FBI Fugitive Task Force who joins the group as a member of the Behavioral Task Force.

FILE - In this June 30, 2015, file photo, Adam Rodriguez and Grace Gail pose for photographers upon arrival at the Magic Mike XXL European premiere in London. Rodriguez and CBS announced on June 8, 2016, that the actor would be joining the cast of "Criminal Minds." (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP, File)

In this June 30, 2015, file photo, Adam Rodriguez and Grace Gail pose for photographers upon arrival at the Magic Mike XXL European premiere in London. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP, File)

According to E! Online, Rodriguez is already being welcomed with opened arms to the series and CBS. “We’re thrilled to introduce a new special agent by adding the very talented Adam Rodriguez to our amazing cast,” Erica Messer, Criminal Minds executive producer and show-runner, said in a statement. “We have exciting storylines planned for his character and the entire BAU team as we head into our 12th season.” Greetings for the actor don’t stop there, with Glen Geller, president of CBS stating, “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,”

Shemar Moore fans shouldn’t worry though because the sexy actor stated previously that, while he left the show to pursue other opportunities he certainly wouldn’t turn down an opportunity to return to the show in a guest role.

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