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Posted Thursday 1/10/19 at 9:51PM EST
Criminal Minds renewed for a 15th and final season
The long-running CBS crime drama's final season will consist of 10 episodes that will shoot this spring and air next season. Criminal Minds will end its run with 324 total episodes, which is among the Top 20 shows of all time. “It’s really bittersweet, but I’m so, so grateful to CBS for giving us this heads-up,” showrunner Erica Messer tells TVLine. “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' 14th season finale is scheduled for Feb. 6. “It’s a really full episode,” says Messer, “and then we jump ahead in time, to kick off the final 10.” Messer adds that this season's final episodes will feature “a little more serialized storytelling," including “a bad guy that we meet toward the end of Season 14, who will be our main focus” in Season 15.
Posted Wednesday 10/03/18 at 9:05PM EDT
Criminal Minds celebrates its 300th episode by featuring a character who has 300 murders under his belt
“After 300 episodes a lot of people feel like they’ve seen it all, but this they’ve never seen,” showrunner Erica Messer says of tonight's Season 14 premiere. “The team’s mission is to find two of our heroes without being able to use the super power of those two heroes. It ends up being a really great ride for these characters — certainly Garcia, who has never been taken captive like that — to be on.”
Posted Thursday 4/19/18 at 1:54PM EDT
Criminal Minds boss: "It would almost be a crime" if CBS canceled our show after cliffhanger finale
Source: Entertainment Weekly
The two-hour Season 13 finale ended on a cliffhanger, even though CBS has yet to renew it for Season 14. Still, executive producer Erica Messer points out that CBS hasn't given Criminal Minds an early renewal since Season 8. If Criminal Minds is canceled, that means it will end with 299 episodes, one episode shy of Episode 300. "I feel that we have been such a good show for CBS for so long, and we have such a loyal fan base who has been with us through ups and downs," says Messer. "It would almost be a crime to not allow us to finish out our show. That’s how strongly I feel, they wouldn’t let us just go off and into the sunset like that. I’m profiling CBS to say I don’t think they would be that cruel."