Criminal Minds season 14 not planned as final season; CBS’ future plan

Criminal MindsFor anyone worried about Criminal Minds season 14 being the final one on CBS, know this: The network doesn’t seem to be thinking that way right now.

Most of the concerns about this upcoming season being the end of the road stem from the smaller, 15-episode order that Criminal Minds received over the past few months. The ratings are down versus past years, but it is also airing a little bit later at night and without as strong of a lead-in. We think that so long as the numbers stay roughly where they are and it generates good DVR / streaming traffic after the fact, the series should be fine. It’s always going to have more of a hurdle than an NCIS given that CBS doesn’t fully own the show (it’s an ABC Studios property), but it does not appear as though they are going to let it go anytime in the immediate future.

CBS programming head Kelly Kahl was asked about the future of the series recently while at TCA, and went on to say the following about the communication that would happen with the creative team (per Deadline) in the event the show was concluding: “We will have an honest discussion with them at the right time.”

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What this means, effectively, is that there will be discussions when there need to be discussions about the future of the franchise, but that’s not happening right now. This means that they will hopefully give the writers and producers of the show plenty of time to figure out what the proper ending of the series is going to be. They’ve already said that there could be more episodes than the initial order, depending on what happens with the schedule.

At this point, our personal hope is mostly just that Criminal Minds manages to get a season 15 so that the show can end on what feels like a great number. If it goes beyond that we would be thrilled since we love this show, but let’s just take this one renewal at a time.

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