Joe Mantegna joins 'Criminal Minds'
Published Aug 13 2007, 11:09 BST | By James Welsh
Joe Mantegna is to join the cast of CBS drama Criminal Minds
Mantegna will replace Mandy Patinkin, who left last month citing "creative differences", as the lead on the two-year-old show.
In a message to fans, executive producer Ed Bernero said: "We are very excited to tell you all that Joe Mantegna is officially joining the cast of 'Criminal Minds'.
"Thanks for hanging with us, everyone."
At this stage it is unclear as to how the departure of Patinkin's character and the introduction of Mantegna will play on screen.
Mantegna played Will through 45 episodes of Joan of Arcadia
and most recently voiced the character of Fat Tony in The Simpsons Movie