Criminal Minds To Close with Finesse – A Ten Episode 15th Season!

Criminal Minds To Close with Finesse – A Ten Episode 15th Season!

 

Farewell and adieu to you fine Spanish ladies, farewell and adieu you ladies of Spain…

Okay.

CBS finally got it together and formally announced what we’ve heard for weeks. After the current season, Criminal Minds will get a 10-episode 15th season, and then call it quits. They’ll shoot the episodes concurrently with this season’s episodes to avoid possibly lengthy contract negotiations, then air them next season.

The announcement is still very new and raw, and I have mixed feelings. I can say that the loss hasn’t really hit me, because they’ve just finished shooting the final episode of this season, and then we still get the 10 additional, which will make up season 15. It’s widely said that all good things must come to an end, so I guess it has to be met with acceptance, eventually. But I can tell you with all certainty that I am not ready.

Not yet.

I appreciate having such a long heads-up. It helps to deal with the end if we have a lot of lead time to process, it just does. It also helps that they are ending it all together. That we don’t have to watch our beloved Dr. Reid walk away, or our Emily say goodbye once again. They are leaving our TV screens, but not our hearts, and the people who are responsible for making the show realize it.

Executive Producer Harry Bring says:

“I joined this family in 2010, thinking I’d have two years max then on to the next project. Now it’s 8 years later, and here we are. I may get to retire, after all!”

Erica says not to worry, they aren’t going to kill off anyone on the team and the jet won’t crash. Rather, they’ll be using the time to show more about each character’s personal lives, a threadline I welcome, and she promises it will be emotion-packed. Deadline has one of the many articles detailing the announcement, go here to read the entire story.

“These people are family and friends to us at this point,” she said. “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.

Still, Messer believes that the finale, which she will co-write with Criminal Minds star Kirsten Vangsness, with series executive producer/director Glenn Kershaw directing, will be very emotional.” – From the Deadline article.

I’m going to put off writing a full eulogy for the show just yet. I want to wait until it’s truly over. Rumors are already out that say CM may get shopped around to another network or new media, due to the fact it still makes a ton of cash for the studio (especially internationally in markets like South America, Asia, and Europe, where it’s huge). Yes, I’m procrastinating, but I also want to enjoy the episodes we have left, and immerse myself in the time that remains with our team. I’m sure they’ll still have a lot to say, and some meaningful memories to leave with us.

Leave what you’d like to see in the final season 15 in the comments below!

30 thoughts on “Criminal Minds To Close with Finesse – A Ten Episode 15th Season!

  • January 12, 2019 at 5:42 pm
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    and Canada. You forgot Canada! We love our Criminal Minds.

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  • January 12, 2019 at 5:50 pm
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    How could I forget our illustrious neighbor to the North! OF COURSE! xoxo

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  • January 12, 2019 at 5:55 pm
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    Everyone married and tons of kids!!!

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  • January 12, 2019 at 6:02 pm
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    rats! forgot to list what I wanna see in Season 15:

    1. an episode called “David”…. we’ve had all the other longtime team members. Gotta have “David” This is absolutely crucial to me, even though I’m primarily a Reid fan. Rossi deserves his too.

    2. some happy personal life for Spencer Reid. If not a wife/family, at least the indication that he’s got a significant other. I’d really love for it to be someone we’ve already met before—Dorian Loker from season 10’s Rock Creek Park or Austin from season 4’s 52 Pick Up. Or better yet, Dr Kimura from that same season’s Amplification. Just PLEASE NOT someone he works with! And a word on his mother, how’s she doing? Where is she?

    3. Some indication–a letter, a phone call, whatever, to Prentiss or Rossi from Hotch, letting them know he’s doing well, as is Jack. I realise it’s entirely likely that it’ll be impossible to actually have Thomas Gibson on the show, but we could see Prentiss or Rossi relating to the other team members what Hotch told them. Maybe even via Sean, if that actor is available.

    4. I want Matthew Gray Gubler, Joe Mantegna, Aisha Tyler and Adam Rodriguez each to direct one of the final ten. AJ Cook too, if she’s up to it.

    5. Someone to provide Reid with a hairbrush and a working razor. Please!

    6. A real relationship for Penelope Garcia. Perhaps realising what she had with Kevin Lynch was special, maybe he could return?

    7. If we do get revisits from “Blake”, “Greenaway”, “Callahan” or “Morgan” can they please not end up taking over the episode. And if it is Morgan, not just with Garcia. He worked with others too, and claimed Reid was ‘the best little brother anyone could hope for’. Let’s see THAT instead of just more ‘baby girl’ stuff with Garcia.

    8. Anderson. Can we please acknowledge Anderson? He’s been there since season 1 and should be included too.

    probably lot of other things that just aren’t occurring to me at the moment, but one other thing I’d like to see is that rather than being outright cancelled, Criminal Minds ends up elsewhere…. some other network/channel perhaps netflix or hbo whatever! and it continues! for years to come! I wanna see Reid retiring from the BAU, like twenty years from now. I wanna see Prentiss become the Director of the FBI, like ten years from now. Etc……

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    • January 12, 2019 at 8:01 pm
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      Please no Kevin with Garcia. Give her Luke or a new character.

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  • January 12, 2019 at 6:05 pm
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    Hiiiiiiiii what I would LOVE to see in these last episode’s is the return of agent Kate Callahan Jennifer love Hewitt 😁😁 she is by far one of my fav characters along side Reed n Garcia plzzzzzzzzzz make this happen for the last 2 seasons had this guy feeling this show was on life support n now there pulling the plug TYSM for an incredible show being a Crime Drama Junkie in all lol Hope u guys come out with another great show🖤🖤🖤

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  • January 12, 2019 at 6:06 pm
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    I would like to see Hotch and Morgan back and JJ and Will maybe setting up a business and Reid finding love. Garcia getting married as well as maybe Emily as well, really is hard.

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  • January 12, 2019 at 6:06 pm
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    loved this show right from the start. i’m sad it’s ending, but really glad it started & lasted this long.
    what i’d love to see is Reid finally finding true love & starting his own family. maybe a Reid/JJ pairing…?
    and why not have Hotch & Morgan make an appearance? hey, maybe Hotch gets paired up with Greenaway…the possibilities are endless. 🙂

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  • January 12, 2019 at 6:29 pm
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    1) I’d love for Spencer to have his own family, and I want the series to close with them being happy and intact.

    I know there’s not enough time to have a relationship develop fully, so maybe show the beginnings of it and then a flash forward to a sweet family moment with the couple and a baby.

    2) Rossi enjoying retirement.

    3) Emily taking Strauss’ old position and JJ heading up the BAU.

    4) Garvez maybe? And Sergio and Roxy getting along too.

    5) Whatever else you do or don’t do, for the love of *God* STOP. HURTING. SPENCER.

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    • February 7, 2019 at 11:55 am
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      Yes! Stop hurting Spencer! I am so glad that he got to actually speak in last nights episode without the looks! He is full of knowledge and I love that! LET SPENCER SPEAK LIKE IN EARLIER EPISODES! I really got tired of the others eye rolls and walking away in mid speech.

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  • January 12, 2019 at 7:04 pm
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    I would welcome a serious relationship with a lady for Reid!

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  • January 12, 2019 at 7:46 pm
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    Going to be so hard not having new episodes of Criminal minds. I love these characters and this cast so much! Hoping that in Season 15 we get a lot of team moments! And I honestly don’t know what I would do if we don’t get at least one ladies night out scene! I’m hoping the last 10 episodes focus on the characters we have grown to love over these past years. And personally, I would love to see more of JJ’s family and personal life!!

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  • January 12, 2019 at 8:37 pm
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    This final 15th season of Criminal Minds will fly by, thank heavens we’ve got a year to get used to the idea of a finale. For some that had no family, this became theirs every week in a way. Such a great cast, chemistry, story lines, plus everything. So going to miss the BAU!

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  • January 12, 2019 at 9:26 pm
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    Several things I’d like to see in the final season:

    1) Emily’s relationship with her family, at least with her mother. In season 2 it is indicated that they were trying to rebuild their relationship so I find it weird that ambassador Prentiss didn’t even show up at the funeral of her own daughter ( I don’t think it was possible for her to know that it was a fake death) . So things must have gone really wrong between them during season 2 – 6 and that remains unexplained.

    2) Something good happenning to Reid, finally. It doesn’t have to be a romantic relationship. To me the best thing is that he gets the genetic test report indicating low risk for Alzheimer’s.

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  • January 12, 2019 at 10:14 pm
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    I will always love CM, never have I loved a series as much as this. Every cast member from Season 1 to date, contributed so much. Thank you cast members, producers an director’s for giving us the greatest series of all time. Will truly miss you all. Wishing success to all. 😭❤

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  • January 12, 2019 at 10:41 pm
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    Garcia to find her soulmate, Reid to marry a lookalike of his girl he lost to a murder, jj to have a 3rd baby w Willl, and Hotch to come out of witness protection w Jack and find happiness.

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    • January 12, 2019 at 10:42 pm
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      Hotch is out of witness protection.

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  • January 12, 2019 at 11:35 pm
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    I’d like to see Reid with JJ. It’s been my fondest wish since the Redskins game and I cannot see him falling in as deep a love with anyone else as he loves her. Will can be killed off heroically, he has just as dangerous a job as they do. It would not be hard to make happen. They already love each other so much. It would be a small step to realizing they are soulmates. Please show. I’ve waited 14 years. He’d also leave the BAU to teach.

    I’d like to see him have not just 3 or 4 projected lives, but also one scenario that he could ‘do over’. So, a “redacted” take on something he would like another chance at. With JJ. As well as all of his projected lives involving her and her sons in some way. I have an entire theory that I’m still breaking down, but this isn’t the place.

    On another topic, I’d like to see them do something with Rossi’s notepads. The little spiral tablets he keeps in his jacket pocket, I would imagine, contain a wonderful myriad of details and nuances not only of the cases and UnSubs, but also of his friends and now surrogate family that we would finally get to share after all this time. A treasure trove of insight and possibly loving, inward reflection from papa Rossi. Those notebooks could probably generate a spinoff series.

    I’d like a brief appearance of Sean, possibly with Jack in tow. They could update the group on Hotch, and it would be a generous nod to a pivotal character’s status.

    I’d really like to see Penelope end up with Morgan. Which is odd because I’ve never shipped them very much, really. Sure, if they were going to happen I would have been on board, and the wedge driven between Pen and Derek by the deus ex machina that was Savannah always seemed forced and off, somehow. Garcia has never been as happy/at ease/herself with anyone as she was with Derek. That says something. I’d also like to see her stay at the BAU, or open a commune, I haven’t decided.

    Emily. I’d love to see her to continue to rise through the ranks, becoming the Section Chief, and ultimately the Director of the FBI. She’s got the stones, she’s got the smarts, and nobody knows the job better than Prentiss. I’d also love to see her have several boyfriends AND girlfriends that she’s devoted to, and they to her, so she has plenty of love in her life. Emily has never been a stickler for society’s “rules”, and it would fill me with joy to see her exploring her options to the fullest. Also, she gets a new kitten and names him Sergio 2.

    JJ would be promoted to Unit Chief. It would be rough going and she’d struggle at first, but ultimately prevail, deftly balancing her time with Spencer and her boys, and her new command status. She’d get a few new team members, with Simmons leaving to head up a multi-national undercover task force to suppress a human trafficking ring in Southeast Asia.

    Luke and Tara would stay with JJ at the BAU and assist her in assembling a new team of Avengers, both contributing to their strengths. Tara would continue consulting with various law enforcement agencies who require her laser-focused memory and cognitive talents, and Luke would set up his own network of cybercrime agents across the country to ramp up and support Garcia, who I’ve just decided runs the Analyst Division from her commune.

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  • January 13, 2019 at 12:47 am
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    I’d like to see hotch tbh

    Also can Reid find love pls and thank you.

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  • January 13, 2019 at 4:15 am
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    It’s very sad that criminal minds is currently to an end I have watched the show from the beginning and love it and all the actors and the characters they play can I please ask one favour Erica can you please give spencer a happy ending it. would be nice if he meet someone got married and had kids hopefully another network will pick up criminal minds and we will get to see our favourite profilers again. It’s been. a blast thank you to everyone for my a great show

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  • January 13, 2019 at 4:32 am
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    We in AUS. love CM too.
    Rossi retires, writes his memoirs and goes on the road promoting it for the last time
    Prentiss returns to interpol and the others remain in BAU.

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  • January 13, 2019 at 6:48 am
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    Wow! How difficult and emotional it will be to create concurrently!! Many prayers to your entire creative team as they construct this final season and as all of you move on in your journey. Mixed emotions for sure! Thank you for the amazing talent. Cannot wait.👤🧠♥️

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  • January 13, 2019 at 11:38 am
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    I would like the finale to focus a bit on Emily but with a twist of the oldcases.we saw that weird guy (THE ONE WHO’S MOTHER AND FATHER ARE BROTHERS AND SISTERS)in season 8 or 9 when blake was there that got away.WE NEVER saw what happened next.this wouldo be a great finale with Emily in danger and mendosa there.a 2 hour finale.it will be amazing.

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  • January 13, 2019 at 12:12 pm
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    All I want for the team at the end of the show is for each and everyone of them to be happy. I am going to really appreciate the time we have left with our heroes. I know some will say..’it’s only a tv show, what’s to get emotional over’ but to me Criminal Minds is more than a tv show, it is like a family. A family through which I have made some amazing friends. Harry Bring especially is truly amazing with the behind the scenes access etc he has given us fans. There has been some low points in the fandom, especially a few years ago but that has been overshadowed by the highs. Never has a show meant so much to me as Criminal Minds. Thank you Harry, Erica, Breen, Glenn, Matthew, Joe, Paget, AJ, Kirsten,and all cast and crew who have worked tremendously hard to bring us over 300 wonderful stories over the years. It has and still is an emotional rollercoaster..one that I will never ever forget riding.

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  • January 13, 2019 at 12:14 pm
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    I’m sad at the idea of the show coming to an end. It’s always been one of those shows where even if I’m busy with life or caught up in other things, I can still go back to it like an old friend. I hope the show could somehow get new life on a different network or platform and maybe even more creative freedom.

    I’d love to see the show end with each character in a good place, of course. I’m also hopeful to see some old team members make an appearance(Elle and Alex were personal favorites). I can’t lie though, there will always be a piece of me that wants JJ and Spencer to end up together. No disrespect to Will intended.

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  • January 13, 2019 at 12:34 pm
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    Spencer finding the life partner that’s his equal in many areas.
    Please.

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  • January 13, 2019 at 3:47 pm
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    Criminal minds is like an old friend. I’ve watched every episode over 50 times and I never get tired of them. I love the characters and I dread season 15 episode 10. Like many ahead of me I’d love to see Thomas return toward the end if not sooner. Probably legal issues won’t allow it. It would be cool to see Cade one last time. I’m sure he’s grown a lot. I imagine a Morgan return might be a lot more difficult than it seems since SWAT is his baby. I do like the idea of getting a more personal look at the teams life and the return of Lola Jean and Jennifer would be fun. The last season should be fun but not forget what gave us 15 years of the best show on TV. That would be some sick unsubs. It also would be cool if some that got away or escape from prison and form a group dedicated to wiping out the BAU. Guys thank you for every single episode you gave us. I’m forever grateful to you all for this incredulous show! Wow one last idea. Aubrey Plaza and Spence go at it one last time. Hmmm that sounds awesome

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  • January 14, 2019 at 7:01 pm
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    I’m glad Erica says no one will be killed off. I want a happy ending with the core team still intact, still out there doing what they do….just no longer doing it on the TV screen.

    I’d also like to see updates on some of the most memorable unsubs from the past, like Adam/Amanda or Owen Savage. Also, updates on past characters – like Kevin, Anderson….and a word on how Hotch is doing, even if we can’t see him on screen.

    This is so bittersweet. I’m sad it’s ending, but 15 seasons is a huge accomplishment!

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  • January 14, 2019 at 8:34 pm
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    Bring every previous character back. I know it would be close to impossible to get Mandy Patinkin back though. This ending won’t be easy.

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  • January 15, 2019 at 10:48 am
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    Even though Mandys character is dead that makes it a bit difficult to do. He won’t come back anyway. I’d love to see Aubrey Plaza back for the end

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