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…
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.
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!