For about two days after the Season 11 finale of the American police procedural drama TV series “Criminal Minds” shown on CBS on May 4, fans and viewers were worried that their favorite TV show would not be renewed by the network for another season.
It turned out that their worry was short-lived as CBS officially announced the renewal of “Criminal Minds” for Season 12 on May 6.
The renewal was almost a no-brainer since “Criminal Minds” had a solid Season 11 ratings finish. The show delivered an impressive viewership by averaging more than 9 million households per episode, reports Premiere Date.
After the departure of series regular Shemar Moore, who played Derek Morgan, after the 16th episode of Season 11, there were no more cast members who got killed or decided to leave the TV series which ultimately set the stage for the next installment of “Criminal Minds.”
One of the showrunners of “Criminal Minds” has confirmed that the upcoming season will have a more serialized storytelling and that many of the show’s past villains might come back in Season 12 including the mysterious Mr. Scratch.
Cause of the slight delay in renewal
According to reports, the delay in the announcement of the renewal decision of CBS for “Criminal Minds” Season 11 had something to do with finance matters as usual.
As an 11-year-old TV series, “Criminal Minds” has grown to become expensive as a network production and it would be a burden for a network to cover the costs full freight.
The good thing is that the series is actually a co-production of ABC Studios and CBS TV Studios, with ABC Studios as the leading studio, reaping most of the benefits including international sales because “Criminal Minds” is quite strong overseas, notes Deadline.
“Criminal Minds” is also doing very well on streaming platforms.
ABC Studios has reportedly agreed to the renewal at a reduced license fee having earlier set an incentive to produce episodes.
Another reason for the delay in the decision to renew “Criminal Minds” for Season 12 was the fact that CBS has already okayed the spinoff TV series “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” about the time when it recently announced the mass renewals of shows in its fold including freshman dramas like “Limitless,” “Supergirl,” and “Code Black.”
A look-back to how it all began
Created by Jeff Davis and produced by the Mark Gordon Company, “Criminal Minds” is a TV series that follows the FBI Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) as they use profiling to solve brutal crimes.
The TV series first aired on CBS on September 22, 2005 and will head to its 12th year when it premieres later this year.
“Criminal Minds” follows the lives of the agents of FBI’s BAU based in Quantico, Virginia where they use unusual behavioral profiling to investigate and track down criminals. The team is headed by Jason Gideon, played by Mandy Patinkin, and Aaron Hotchner, played by Thomas Gibson.
They are ably backstopped by Dr. Spencer Reid, played by Matthey Gray Gubler, Penelope Garcia, played by Kirsten Vangsness, Jennifer ‘JJ’ Jareau, played by A..J Cook, David Rossi, played by Joe Mantegna, Emily Prentiss, played by Paget Brewster, Kate Callahan, played by Jennifer Love Hewitt, and until the 16th episode of Season 11, Derek Morgan, played by Shemar Moore.
Season 11 also saw the leave of absence of A.J. Cook and Jennifer Love Hewitt due to their respective pregnancy and eventual childbirth. In their place was Dr. Tara Lewis, played by Aisha Tyler.
It is not clear if Aisha Tyler would return on Season 12 but given the departure of Shemar Moore and the impending return of Jennifer Love Hewitt, there is a good chance that she will still be around in the upcoming season.