The team at the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit will be profiling cases for at least another year. Sky Living import Criminal Minds has been picked up by U.S. broadcaster CBS for a thirteenth season, TVWise has learned.
While the show was absent from the mass renewal that CBS handed down last month, the fate of Criminal Minds was never in any real doubt given that it is a solid ratings performer on both sides of the Atlantic. The delay was down to some complex negotiations that were required due to the fact that the series is a co-production between CBS Television Studios and ABC Studios. (CBS controls domestic rights, while ABC/Disney holds international rights.)
Only a few months ago there was some concern that given the volume of cast changes to the show – namely the exits of Shemar Moore and Thoms Gibson, the arrivals of Damon Gupton and Adam Rodriguez, and Paget Brewster rejoining the cast as the new unit chief – season twelve could well have wound up being the show’s swan song. That didn’t happen, with the audience state-side reacting well to the changes. There is no word on the fate of spin-off Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, which is currently airing its second season.