‘Criminal Minds’ to End With Season 15 – Variety

January 10, 2019 5:06PM PT

The long-running CBS procedural “Criminal Minds” has been renewed for a fifteenth season, which will also be the show’s last, Variety has confirmed.

The final season will consist of 10 episodes. The final 10 episodes will be shot back-to-back with the Season 14 episodes currently in production. With the final 10 episodes, the show will have aired 325 episodes when it ends its run, making it one of the longest-running shows in television history.

The show revolves around an elite team of FBI profilers who analyze the country’s most twisted criminal minds, anticipating their next moves before they strike again. It currently stars Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, Matthew Gray Gubler, A.J. Cook, Aisha Tyler, Kirsten Vangsness, Adam Rodriguez, and Daniel Henney. The series was created by Jeff Davis and is executive produced by Mark Gordon, Erica Messer, and Breen Frazier. ABC Studios produces in association with CBS Television Studios.

The series has been a cornerstone of the CBS schedule, though its ratings have fallen in recent years. In Live+Same Day, Season 14 is currently averaging a 0.8 rating in adults 18-49 and 4.7 million viewers per episode, though those numbers have typically risen noticeably in delayed viewing.

The show has also not been without controversy during its run. Most recently, Variety exclusively reported that the show’s long-time director of photography, Greg St. Johns, had faced multiple accusations of abusive behavior and sexual harassment towards crew members. St. Johns has since left the production. Prior to that, series star Thomas Gibson was fired from the show after an on-set altercation with a producer.

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What All The Former Criminal Minds Cast Members Are Doing Now – Cinema Blend

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After what will have been a decade and a half on television, Criminal Minds will come to an end. As fans count down the days until the series’ conclusion, let’s take a look back at the past cast members who helped make it as successful as it’s been over the years, and what they’ve been up to since leaving the program.

Mandy Patinkin – Jason Gideon

Mandy Patinkin’s Jason Gideon was the one to kick it all off, as Jason Gideon served as Criminal Minds‘ Senior Supervisory Special Agent for 3 seasons. Unfortunately, Gideon eventually became disillusioned by the consequences of his and the team’s failures, and Dr. Reid arrived at his cabin to find his badge and a note that he was off to find happy endings again. Gideon was later killed off in a Season 10 storyline off-camera.

In real life, Mandy Patinkin’s exit wasn’t fully explained until years later when the actor referred to Criminal Minds as the “biggest public mistake he ever made.” Patinkin was disgusted with the amount of rape and murder showcased on the program and told New York Magazine (via Deadline) it was “destructive to his soul and personality.” Patinkin offered no judgment towards those who enjoy the show but did question if it was something folks should be watching before bed.

Mandy Patinkin kept busy after his exit from Criminal Minds in many roles, and his longest television stint by far has been as Saul Berenson on Homeland. That ride is coming to an end after Season 8 and is scheduled to air Summer 2019. Patinkin doesn’t have a ton on the horizon following that, but a new film he’s in called Before You Know It is premiering at the Sundance Film Festival on January 27.

Lola Glaudini – Elle Greenaway

Elle Greenway had a rougher run than some members of the B.A.U. as she was attacked by a criminal the team was investigating. The emotionally scarring incident was the start of what evolved into a mental breakdown in which Greenaway shot and killed a serial rapist unprovoked. She escaped the incident without charges but resigned from the B.A.U. in Season 2 just as Hotch was planning to fire her.

Lola Glaudini’s short run on Criminal Minds turned into quite a run on film and television, with her playing a part in quite a few high profile shows. Audiences can spot her as Anita Novak on Showtime’s Ray Donovan, or possibly as Polly Hinton in a future episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Glaudini is also in the Minka Kelly film She’s In Portland, which is due out in 2019.

Thomas Gibson – Aaron Hotchner

Supervisory Special Agent and B.A.U. Unit Chief Aaron Hotchner was with the show from the start and experienced some crazy things. This included the collapse of his marriage and murder of his ex-wife, but Hotchner persevered and kept his cool to bring down bad guys. Hotchner’s ride came to an abrupt end as the character went into witness protection in Season 12 to protect his son. Hotchner ultimately left the B.A.U. to become a full-time father.

While it was an incredibly rushed exit for such a beloved Criminal Minds character, it was also inevitable as actor Thomas Gibson was fired following a physical altercation with a writer on the show’s set. Fans have asked for a “Hotch” return since then, but responses from showrunner Erica Messer on whether or not that will happen even in light of the show’s cancellation have been non-committal.

Thomas Gibson’s once-thriving Hollywood career has somewhat stalled since his Criminal Minds removal, with one on-screen performance happening in Aisha Tyler’s film Axis. Gibson’s also involved in a television project called Shadow Wolves, which has a two-part pilot that’s been circulating Hollywood for some time now. It hasn’t been picked up yet, so fans of Gibson will need to wait and see if another project comes, or Criminal Minds decides to bring him back for the final season.

Shemar Moore – Derek Morgan

Derek Morgan was the low-key superstar of Criminal Minds, as the Northwestern Quarterback-turned-Supervisory Special Agent was the strength of the B.A.U. when the situation called for it. He would eventually step into the role of Unit Chief, albeit that run came to an end once the Boston Reaper was captured. Morgan eventually resigned from his position to care for his family, and brought his 13-season run to an end.

Criminal Minds viewers probably already know where to find Shemar Moore, as the actor’s exit led to his run in CBS’ S.W.A.T. Fans can catch him there, or if they’re the type who appreciates animated superhero adventures, can hear Moore’s voice in the animated feature Reign of the Supermen, which is out Tuesday, January 29.

Rachel Nichols – Ashley Seaver

FBI cadet Ashley Seaver was one of Criminal Minds‘ more interesting additions to the team as she grew up with a father later discovered to be a horrific serial killer. It was an interesting plot, but one that didn’t run that long. Seaver was in and out of the CBS procedural in Season 6. Seaver was permanently out of the team in Season 7 and was said to have transferred to a domestic trafficking task force.

Rachel Nichols’ run on Criminal Minds was short, but her career since then has been long. More recently, Nichols was seen on the DC Universe series Titans as Angela Roth, and has had recurring and guest spot roles on shows like The Librarians and Taken. Nichols is currently involved in a film called The Adventures of Buddy Thunder that’s in pre-production, and audiences should expect to see her appear in more shows if 2019 is like past years.

Jeanne Tripplehorn – Dr. Alex Blake

Although Dr. Alex Blake was a Linguistics expert and new addition to Criminal Minds in Season 8, she had some past history with the B.A.U. long before her rejoining. Blake ultimately sought redemption for the events that led to her early retirement, and found them but at a terrible price. Two seasons later Blake became especially rattled when Reid almost died protecting her and handed in her badge not long after.

Jeanne Tripplehorn took a break from acting after Criminal Minds, then resurfaced in 2017 with a couple roles in 2018 as well. She hasn’t had much to do with television but appeared in the films We Only Know So Much and Gloria Bell in the past year. The fact Tripplehorn hasn’t done television since 2014 may mean she’s a question mark for a potential return, although who knows what she may or may not be up for.

Jennifer Love Hewitt – Kate Callahan

Jennifer Love Hewitt’s Kate Callahan was another one-and-done addition to the B.A.U., as the true blue FBI agent was added in Season 10. Kate and her husband were the guardians of her niece, whose parents died as a result of the attacks on September 11. Kate was pregnant throughout the season, and almost got taken away by human traffickers. She was saved and decided to take time away to be with her family.

Jennifer Love Hewitt’s break from acting lasted much longer than a year, and audiences haven’t seen her until recently on Fox’s Ryan Murphy drama 9-1-1. Hewitt’s Maddie Kendall was added in Season 2 and used to fill the void left by Connie Britton, who did not return as a series regular. Of course, Hewitt’s run in Hollywood was well established before her guest spot on Criminal Minds, so viewers can always check out her work from that era too.

Damon Gupton – Stephen Walker

Stephen Walker joined the B.A.U. in Season 12, and was meant to help out with the team’s ongoing battle against Mr. Scratch. Despite his extensive experience in the field, Walker ended up falling prey to Mr. Scratch and died as a result of his injuries following an accident with a semi-truck.

Actor Damon Gupton has kept busy since exiting Criminal Minds and can be seen in projects such as Dirty John, or The CW superhero series Black Lightning. Audiences will see a fair bit of him on the latter series, as his character Bill Henderson has become one of the hero’s closest confidants. Fans will have to settle for those shows, because it doesn’t seem likely Criminal Minds will be bringing him back to life for the final season.

Criminal Minds airs on CBS Wednesdays at 10:00 p.m. ET. To see what else is on television around that time or to see what’s premiering in the days to come, visit our midseason premiere guide.

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CBS Not Airing 'Criminal Minds' Wednesday Night – PopCulture.com

Nearly a week after announcing a final season renewal, CBS will not be airing a new episode of Criminal Minds in its usual timeslot.

The long-running crime procedural will be giving up its timeslot Wednesday night to a rerun of new drama series FBI, as the network goes for a full night of reruns before a premiere-packed next week.

Criminal Minds‘ return on Jan. 23 will be accompanied by a new episode of the season season of Celebrity Big Brother — set to premiere Monday — as well as a new episode of SEAL Team. After this week off, the series will have uninterrupted new episodes until its Season 14 finale, set to air Wednesday, Feb. 6.

The show will return with a new episode, titled “Chameleon,” with the official description teasing trouble. The synopsis reads: “Rossi questions his actions in the aftermath of a near-death struggle with a serial killer who appears to have outsmarted the BAU.”

The short break comes days after CBS announced the official Season 15 renewal for the series, with the 10-episode installment acting as the show’s final season.

“It is the quintessential CBS hit. We are so proud to have aired it,” Amy Reisenbach, CBS’ EVP current programs said at the time. “It speaks to everything we do best, which is air quality television. It’s been successful not only on air but online, in syndication, internationally for ABC (Studios).”

“We wanted to make sure Erica had the time and ability to write a season (14) finale that honors the characters and the fans,” she added. “We discussed wanting to keep the show in continuous production so 10 felt like the right number for us to roll straight into and give Erica enough episodes to end the series the way she wanted to.”

The final season will be filmed immediately after Season 14 production wraps on the series, with plans for the episodes to air sometime during the 2019-2020 television season.

Executive producer Erica Messer commented on the news, promising fans a proper ending that won’t include any big tragedies.


“These people are family and friends to us at this point,” she told the publication. “I know it’s a drama, but I’m less likely to injure or write someone off in a way that says they’re not breathing anymore. I know a lot of shows, when they find out it’s going to be over, then characters are killed off or something like that. That’s not my instinct, mainly because I’ve been here for so long with all of these voices, I just don’t want that to be how it ends for them. So the jet won’t crash, I can tell you that.”

Criminal Minds airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET on CBS.

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Scoop: Coming Up on a New Episode of CRIMINAL MINDS on CBS – Wednesday, January 30, 2019 – Broadway World

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Scoop: Coming Up on a New Episode of CRIMINAL MINDS on CBS - Wednesday, January 30, 2019“Sick and Evil” – The BAU leads the investigation into a string of murders taking place in supposedly haunted houses in Lewiston, Maine, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Jan. 30 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
CRIMINAL MINDS revolves around an elite team of FBI profilers who analyze the country’s most twisted criminal minds, anticipating their next moves before they strike again.
The Behavioral Analysis Unit’s most experienced agent is David Rossi, founding member of the BAU, who is essential in helping the team solve new cases. Other members include Special Agent Emily Prentiss, the daughter of high-powered diplomats who returns to the team after being the head profiler at Interpol; Special Agent Dr. Spencer Reid, a classically misunderstood genius whose social IQ is as low as his intellectual IQ is high; Jennifer “J.J.” Jareau, the team’s former unit liaison turned profiler, who juggles motherhood and marriage with the same skill as she solves cases; Penelope Garcia, the team’s indispensable computer wizard who helps research the cases with her unique charm; Dr. Tara Lewis, a forensic psychologist whose expertise is studying and interviewing serial killers after they’ve been captured to determine if they are able to stand trial; Luke Alvez, a former Army ranger and excellent tracker recruited to the BAU from the FBI’s Fugitive Task Force; and Special Agent Simmons who joins his colleagues in the BAU after consulting them when he was a member of the International Response Team. Simmons is an ex-Delta soldier with deft profiling skills and military special-ops expertise.

As the team evolves together, the BAU continues its dedication to using their expertise to pinpoint predators’ motivations and identify their emotional triggers in the attempt to stop them.

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Will Thomas Gibson's Hotch Return For The Criminal Minds Finale? – Cinema Blend

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Criminal Minds is officially ending, and fans have some questions. Here’s one big one: Will fired actor Thomas Gibson’s Aaron “Hotch” Hotchner return for the Criminal Minds finale? That is the question showrunner Erica Messer was asked, and this is how she answered:

That’s what Erica Messer told TVLine regarding a potential return for Thomas Gibson’s Hotch. While it was not a “no,” it was not necessarily a “yes” either. For fans hoping Criminal Minds brings back the character for one more go, it is a glimmer of hope. As it was certainly not ruled out.

CBS recently announced that Criminal Minds would be coming to an end. The veteran crime drama is set to wrap up with one more season. All of which has led some to wonder if Thomas Gibson’s former BAU unit chief Hotch will return for the finale.

It is not the first time the subject of Thomas Gibson returning to the series has been broached. Back in 2017, Criminal Minds‘ showrunner fielded the inquiry. Her response did not indicate a definitive answer either way. Fast forward to 2019, and the sentiment seems largely unchanged. The only major change is that now we know when the series is ending.

Any time a series comes to an end, questions tend to abound regarding which stars will come back and which will not. Especially when the actor/character was a long-running presence on the series. Accordingly, Criminal Minds is confronting the same situation.

In years past, the question of Thomas Gibson’s potential return had not had a ticking clock placed on it. Now that Criminal Minds is officially coming to an end, there is one in play.

Criminal Minds will film its fifteenth and final season this spring, immediately after Season 14 wraps production. That leaves little time left to make to a decision regarding Thomas Gibson making a comeback. The CBS drama will draw to an end with ten episodes.

Along with balancing what could be some potential returns, Criminal Minds will have to close out its current characters’ stories. Season 14 has yet to air its finale, which should set up the final season’s activities. Criminal Minds‘ showrunner Erica Messer has already teased how the show will set up a slightly different final season.

One of the things Criminal Minds fans can look forward to is Rossi’s upcoming nuptials. All told, there is a lot in store for the crime drama’s upcoming episodes. Whether Thomas Gibson’s Hotch makes a return before the series signs off, only time will tell for sure.

Criminal Minds airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET on CBS. The crime drama is one of many shows airing new episodes during the midseason.

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‘Criminal Minds’ Renewed For 15th And Final Season – CBS Pittsburgh

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(CBS) — “Criminal Minds” will be coming to an end after one more season, Entertainment Tonight reports. One of television’s longest-running procedurals was renewed for a 15th season and final season, which will be 10 episodes long.

The cast of the of the CBS crime drama is currently working on their 14th season, which will be 15 episodes long. “It is the quintessential CBS hit. We are so proud to have aired it,” CBS’ EVP of current programs, Amy Reisenbach, said. “It speaks to everything we do best, which is air quality television. It’s been successful not only on air but online, in syndication, internationally for ABC [Studios].”

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NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 04: Kirsten Vangsness (L) and Joe Mantegna visit the Build Series to discuss “Criminal Minds” at Build Studio on June 4, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)

“Criminal Minds” follows a cast of characters who work for the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit. Over the years, viewers have become invested in the characters’ personal struggles and relationships.

The season 14 finale will include some important moments in the team’s lives, ET reports — including a wedding.

“Criminal Minds” airs on CBS Wednesdays at 10 p.m./9 p.m. CT

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'Criminal Minds' Final Season 15: Will Hotch/Thomas Gibson Return? – TVLine

With the announcement that CBS’ Criminal Minds has been renewed for a 15th and final season, one question that came to many viewers’ minds was: Might Thomas Gibson‘s Aaron Hotchner be even a tiny part of the crime drama’s swan song?

The question of Shemar Moore, also a former/original cast member, returning during Season 15 isn’t nearly as complicated. Since leaving the series in early 2017, and while now fronting CBS’ own S.W.A.T., Moore has thus far reprised his role as Derek Morgan twice. Another encore during the show’s final, 10-episode run can easily be presumed (though is not confirmed).

Gibson, however, was suspended and ultimately fired from the series in August 2016, following an on-set altercation in which he allegedly kicked Virgil Williams, a longtime writer/co-executive producer. (Gibson has countered that Williams, in the midst of the men having a verbal dispute, was contentiously brushing past the actor when “my foot came up and tapped him on the leg.”)

On-screen, Gibson’s sudden and extended absence was explained by Hotch and his son Jack going into WITSEC, when the ruthless “Mr. Scratch” was at large. In last season’s premiere, after Scratch died, it was noted that Hotch would not be rejoining the team but continuing to enjoy the life of a full-time dad. After all, Prentiss noted, there will always be “another Scratch,” and the Hotchners have “lost enough.” And how.

On the day that Criminal Minds‘ end date was announced, showrunner Erica Messer was non-committal at this early point about Gibson even putting in a cameo.

“What I’d love to do is honor the history of the series in some way that is satisfying for all of us, and I don’t know exactly what that will be,” she told TVLine. “As we’re closing a chapter on the series, I want to be sure that we’re honoring all of those people who were here and the lives that we’ve all been invested in for so long.”

Criminal Minds‘ farewell run will be filmed this spring, immediately after production has wrapped on the current, 15-episode season. “That way we get to keep our cast and crew lined up, and everyone keeps working until May,” Messer said.

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'Criminal Minds' Renewed Season 15 — Final Season, 10 Episodes – TVLine

Folks, there are now a finite number of Criminal Minds left to be probed.

TVLine has learned that CBS has renewed the long-running crime drama for a 15th and final season, to air during the 2019-20 TV season. The farewell salvo will consist of 10 episodes, which will film this spring and bring the show’s run to 325 324 total episodes. (Among scripted primetime series, that lands Criminal Minds inside U.S. TV’s all-time Top 20.)

Criminal Minds Messer“It’s really bittersweet, but I’m so, so grateful to CBS for giving us this heads-up,” showrunner Erica Messer tells TVLine of getting the final-season news. “I think one of my biggest fears was always, ‘Oh man, what if we don’t know’ and then they just don’t bring back the show? But they respect this series and the cast and the crew and the fans enough to end this properly.”

Criminal Minds this season is averaging 4.7 million total viewers and a 0.8 demo rating in its Wednesdays-at-10/9c time slot — numbers that with Live+7 DVR playback swell to 8.1 mil (+78%) and 1.7 (+143%).

Criminal Minds continues its 14th season on Wednesday, Jan. 23, with Episode 13 of 15. The season finale will air two weeks later, on Feb. 6. Get scoop on what’s ahead!

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