Michael Ausiello
August 05, 2010 AT 05:51 PM EDT

Image Credit: Paul Morigi/WireImage.comForest Whitaker, meet your new boss.

West Wing Emmy winner Richard Schiff is joining CBS’ Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior in the recurring role of FBI director Jack Fickler, sources confirm to me exclusively.

Schiff—who most recently starred on the ill-fated Fox drama Past Life—will debut in the first episode of the spin-off, which is slated to launch at midseason.

CM: SB stars Whitaker as the head of an elite team of agents within the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit. The cast also includes Janeane Garofalo, Matt Ryan, Michael Kelly, Beau Garrett, and Minds mainstay Kirsten Vangsness.

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