The cast of the police procedural show CRIMINAL MINDS have finished shooting Season 10 and with just two more episodes left, the viewers are left to wonder if there will be a Season 11. It's the hope that there would be a new season after this because the Criminal Minds fans aren't ready to bid the BAU team adieu just yet.
Matthew Gray Gubler (Dr Spencer Reid with the eidetic memory) and Kirsten Vangness (the talkative technical analyst, Penelope Garcia).
It was a huge surprise to see Thomas Gibson, whom I remember mostly as Greg Montgomery in the sitcom Dharma & Greg, play the solemn and intense Special Agent Aaron 'Hotch' Hotchner. His character was the complete opposite of Greg that I sometimes wondered if this was the same actor I saw in that sitcom, in the medical dram series, Chicago Hope and the comedy The Flintstones In Viva Rock Vegas.
The next surprise was Joe Mantegna who I never thought I would see play an FBI agent after his roles in The Godfather Part 3 and The Last Don but I was pleased to see him take on the role of Agent David Rossi; more so after watching the previous seasons and discovered he filled the void left by Mandy Patinkin who
There's the handsome ex The Young &The Restless actor, Shemar Moore, playing the tough yet compassionate Derek Morgan. Not so much of a surprise but until I discovered CM I did wonder where he ended up after The Young & The Restless; this role suits him completely and I'm glad he was in all 10 seasons.
And there's the lovely A.J Cook. My first sight of her was in Final Destination Part 2 and since she was younger and her hair wasn't blond in that movie, I didn't recognize her at first but I loved her character, level headed J.J immediately.
Every Season has been eventful; not just because of the cases but in the personal lives of the characters and major changes. Lola Glaudini who played Special Agent Elle Greenaway from Season 1 left in the middle of Season 2. She was replaced by the more popular Paget Brewster who played Emily Prentiss from Season 2 to 7
Other events all through the show includes Morgan facing an old nemesis in Season 2, J.J becoming a mother in Season 4, Hotch losing his wife to a serial killer in Season 5, Emily's past unfolded in Season 6 and briefly replaced by Ashley Seaver (Rachel Nichols), J.J and Will finally marrying in Season 7, Reid losing his girl friend and Section Chief Erin Strauss ( Jayne Atkinson) murdered in Season 8. The same season brought in Agent Alex Blake, played by Jeanne Tripplehorn but she later departed at the end of Season 9. Season 9, J.J is kidnapped and anti-violence Garcia is forced to use a gun!
And there was the backdoor pilot episode in Season 5- The Fight- which later evolved to the spinoff, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior but was later cancelled after one season, which is a pity as Forrest Whitaker was very good as the red cells' team leader, Special Agent Sam Cooper, who strongly reminded me of Gideon.
Criminal Minds is as different as they come from other police procedural t.v shows as the suspect's behaviour is thoroughly examined and profiled before the actual arrest. With its high ratings it deserves to have a new season; even if we have its new spin-off to look forward to.
Here's hoping for Season 11!