By Sandra Gonzalez
Updated August 15, 2012 at 10:41 PM EDT
Criminal Minds Thomas Gibson
Credit: Monty Brinton

Huge treat for Criminal Minds fans: EW has learned star Thomas Gibson will soon be stepping behind the camera for an episode in the show’s upcoming eighth season.

This will mark the first time Gibson has sat in the director’s chair on the CBS drama, but not his first time playing director. He previously helmed two episodes of Dharma & Greg, a show on which he starred opposite Jenna Elfman.

“Really looking forward to finally telling everyone what to do,” Gibson tells EW. “Riding crop, monocle and bullhorn at the ready…! Just kidding, honestly I really look forward to flexing my artistic muscles on the set and I’m so grateful for this amazing opportunity. ”

The episode, written by CM producer/scribe Rick Dunkle, will likely be a juicy one for Gibson’s character Hotch, too. Executive producer Erica Messer tells EW that Hotch’s brother (Eric Johnson), who was last season in season 1, is set to appear in the episode. “It’s about time we go there again,” she says.

Gibson joins co-star Matthew Gray Gubler on the list of CM cast members who have taken a shot at directing. Gubler has directed three episodes.

Criminal Minds returns Sept. 26 on CBS.


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