- Criminal Minds won’t air season 15 until midway through the 2019-2020 TV season.
- TV Guidereports the final season will likely premiere in late winter or early spring.
- The show’s usual time slot on Wednesdays will be taken over by S.W.A.T.
It’s a tough time to be a Criminal Minds fan. First, the series broke our hearts after revealing the show is ending in season 15. Now the procedural is adding salt to the wound by announcing that the final episodes won’t even air this year.
TV Guide first reported the news that the FBI’s behavioral analysis unit was noticeably absent from its usual spot on Wednesday nights. Ironically enough, the time slot will be filled by former Criminal Minds star Shemar Moore’s new show, S.W.A.T. Of course, loyal viewers remember Shemar as the hunky Derek Morgan.
There’s still no word on the exact premiere date for season 15, but according to the publication “it’s likely CBS will run the final 10 episodes in late winter or early spring.” With season 14 finishing up back in February, that means viewers might wait a year—or even longer—for new episodes. As for what those sure-to-be thrilling installments will entail, the cast and crew have been careful not to reveal any spoilers.
Criminal Minds isn’t the only show that’s being held until midseason. Both MacGyver and Man with a Plan are being benched, too. The network is also introducing three new shows in the middle of the TV season: FBI: Most Wanted, Tommy, and Broke, which stars former NCIS actress Pauley Perrette.
The good news? The delayed premiere date allows more time for re-watching old episodes before we have to say goodbye.