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A Junior for Criminal Minds' J.J.

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A.J. Cook by Monty Brinton/CBS
Criminal Minds' Jennifer "J.J." Jareau's life will soon hit a bump — a baby bump. A.J. Cook returned from the writers' strike with more than just an eagerness to get back to work. She and husband Nathan Anderson found out she was pregnant with their first child while she was shooting the movie Misconceptions, in which she plays a surrogate mother. "She's very Method," cracks Minds exec producer Ed Bernero.

Bernero and his staff immediately began rewriting scripts to plant a romantic backstory for J.J. "The way this show works, we couldn't really hide it," says Bernero. "All seven of them walk into rooms together all the time, so it really was a no-brainer: 'Well, we better get her a boyfriend.'" So in the April 30 episode, the BAU team once again crosses paths with Det. William LaMontagne Jr. (Dirt's Josh Stewart), who flirted with J.J. during a jaunt to New Orleans in February 2007. "There was a connection between the two of them right away," Cook says. "Apparently, we've been getting it on for a year."

Four months along, Cook has already begun blocking her growing midsection on camera. "It's in full force — it just popped," says the 29-year-old Canadian actress. "I don't want it to look like J.J.'s been hitting up the doughnut store." Since the fourth season starts shooting less than a month after the current one ends, Cook's belly will swell on screen. "It's going to be interesting," Cook says. "I'm kind of freaked out, because not everyone has to go through their pregnancy on national TV." — Jay A. Fernandez


Posted by TV Guide News
Apr 29, 2008 10:18 PM
Great move going back to New Orleans, because that episode was fantastic (especially Josh Stewart's performance, not to mention his extremely sexy accent).
Posted by Staley
Apr 30, 2008 5:49 AM
Finney!!!!

Josh Stewart two days in a row. Tonight on Criminal Minds, tomorrow night on ER. Too bad he's gonna play a psycho on ER.

When I heard that AJ Cook was pregnant, I was wishing for this. In fact, my friend and I were talking about this last weekend.

Wonderful news.
Posted by rachw0
Apr 30, 2008 8:19 AM
Sweet! Can't wait for tonight's episode. Good call on going back to New Orleans.
Posted by zortil
Apr 30, 2008 8:40 AM
Yes, that was a GREAT episode and they played the tension so it makes perfect sense to the viewers
Posted by kannita
Apr 30, 2008 4:53 PM
Hey Lucille Ball did it back in the 50's so why not J.J. in the 08's??:)
Congratulations A.J and Nathan.
Posted by kraftykat
Apr 30, 2008 6:02 PM
Congratulations to AJ and her husband. I'm happy they will work it into the show, too.
Posted by Annie79
Apr 30, 2008 6:44 PM
Don't fret A.J.; Gillian Anderson(sp?) did it just fine in The X-Files (the second time...)
Posted by freddye3
Apr 30, 2008 6:44 PM
my comment is about tonights show did anyone else notice that you never send a female guard in a room alone with a killer, closae the door and take off his cuffs so he can change closes. not in the real world.
Posted by deajene
May 14, 2008 11:12 PM
I'm so happy for JJ. And thank you for bringing back Wil. I love those two together. Thank you so much. Last night when I was watching it. I said to myself for 5/21 I hope they bring Wil in. and Lord and be Hold there he was for next week. To ask JJ for marriage. She better say YES
Posted by fayehagans
May 15, 2008 2:51 PM
I hope they didn't kill of LaMontagne in the season finale. I was hoping to see more of the romance between him and JJ.
Posted by missbrody
Jun 17, 2008 5:01 PM
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