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CBS Renews ‘Criminal Minds’ for Next Season

Veteran Crime Solver Heads Into Season 13

CBS has issued a 13th season renewal to veteran crime solver “Criminal Minds,” with an unspecified number of new episodes ordered for 2017-18. Debuting on Sept. 22, 2005, 277 episodes have been produced by season end. Heading into season 13, “Criminal Minds” will become the 1t1th longest running scripted drama in the history of television (behind “Gunsmoke” and “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Lassie,” “ER” and “CSI,” “”NCIS” and “Knots Landing,” “Dallas” and “Bonanza”).

“Criminal Minds” is now the 19th current series renewed by the network, joining (in alphabetical order) “The Big Bang Theory,” “Blue Bloods,” “Bull,” “Hawaii Five-O,” “Kevin Can Wait,” “Life in Pieces,” “MacGyver,” “Madam Secretary,” “Man With a Plan,” “Mom,” “NCIS,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “NCIS: New Orleans,” “Scorpion,” “Superior Donuts,” “Survivor,” “48 Hours” and “60 Minutes.”

“Criminal Minds” stars Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, Matthew Gray Gubler, A.J. Cook, Kirsten Vangsness, Aisha Tyler, Adam Rodriguez and Damon Gupton. Mark Gordon, Erica Messer and Breen Frazier are executive producers for ABC Studios in association with CBS Television Studios.

There is no word on a potential third season of spin-off “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders.”

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US ( Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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  1. Nothing against Criminal Minds in particular, there are many. many worse shows out there, but the fact CBS is renewing one more season a show that is now getting about 30% of the ratings it used to is a sad, sad sign of the inability of the networks to produce anything remotely good.

    Meanwhile, the media continue to deluge us with “this is “peak TV” and the “Golden Age of Television” even as viewers have soundly and clearly made their complete disapproval known.