They analyze, hunt down and stop the worst of criminals from carrying out their dark plans. Since 2005, the story and tasks of the specialized team of the FBI investigative profilers in the CBS crime series Criminal Minds have seen millions of viewers tune in faithfully to catch every episode of the show. With over a decade on air, it is not surprising how the show has been able to buildup the kind of plot viewers will always enjoy. The satisfaction that comes with seeing good triumph over evil endeared fans to it from all walks of life during the 13 years it has aired. However, fans are skeptical about the continuation of the TV series after its fifteenth season. Is Criminal Minds cancelled after the fifteenth season or has a follow-up season? You will find out as you read on.
The CBS Crime Series Background Details
Criminal Minds is an American TV crime drama series that centres around an expert team of FBI Behavioral Analysts who examine some of the darkest and disturbing criminal minds in order to predict their next move and stop them.
The series was created by Jeff Davis and was first released on September 22, 2005. So far, it has run for fourteen seasons and 314 episodes on CBS.
The original cast members of the show are Mandy Patinkin (Jason Gideon), Thomas Gibson (Aaron Hotchner), Lola Glaudini (Elle Greenaway), Shemar Moore (Derek Morgan), Matthew Gray (Spencer Reid), A.J Cook (Jennifer Jareau), and Kirsten Vangsness (Penelope Garcia). Over the years, some of these stars have left and were replaced with new members.
The crime drama has been well received since its premiere in 2005, gaining top status for CBS and becoming one of the network’s longest-running shows. This success has led to nominations for 11 awards, winning 5, some twice, notable among which are the ASCAP Film And Television Music Awards, won in 2006 and 2007, the BMI Film and TV Awards won in 2008 and 2009 and, the People’s Choice Awards which it won in 2013 and 2017.
It has also produced two spin-offs; Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior released on 16th February 2011, and, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders released in March 2016.
In 2017, Criminal Minds Korea, the Korean version of the TV show was launched. A video game based on the original series was also released in 2012 and 2018 for Android and iOS devices. All this were informed by its success on TV.
On January 10, 2019, the crime series was renewed for its 15th and final season and will consist of 10 episodes.
Is Criminal Minds Cancelled Or Will There Be A Season 16?
Fans of the TV series will be sad to know that the show has been billed to come to an end after season 15. This was announced by CBS on January 10, 2019. Although no exact reason has been confirmed yet, there are several speculations on why a show that has received an ardent following should be cancelled.
It is rumored that the network is losing interest in the series after it decided on just 15 episodes for Season 14, a far cry from its standard 22. One of the reasons for this has been thought to be that CBS is planning a move to new kinds of programming. The emergence of some scandals on the show over the years and the exit of too many cast members haven’t helped inspire the network’s confidence either.
But it isn’t all gloom. Fans can follow their favorite actors as they pursue new career paths.
Criminal Minds Season 15: Release Date And What To Expect
Presently, there is no release date confirmed for the fifteenth season of the show but fans can expect it out by early to mid-2020 according to CBS. The reason for this delay isn’t clear but the network will be introducing three new shows during this period.
As earlier stated, fans should also expect this to be the last season. About the juicy bits of what these final episodes may hold, cast and crew members aren’t letting the cat out the bag yet, however, reports from Variety indicate that season 15 will be a continuation from where season 14 ended. Whichever way it wraps up, fans should anticipate a befitting ending to the long-running TV series.