‘Criminal Minds’ is Renewed for Season 13

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Adam Rodriguez (Luke Alvez) and Joe Mantegna (David Rossi) in ‘Criminal Minds’ (Photo ©2017 CBS Broadcasting, Inc.)

CBS just announced it’s renewed the dramatic series Criminal Minds for a 13th season. The series premiered back in September 2005 and is currently airing its 12th season on Wednesdays at 9pm ET/PT, with season 13 set to air in 2017-2018. Mark Gordon, Erica Messer, and Breen Frazier executive produce the series which has earned three Emmy nominations as well as multiple People’s Choice Awards.

The Criminal Minds cast includes Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, Matthew Gray Gubler, A.J. Cook, Kirsten Vangsness, Aisha Tyler, Adam Rodriguez, and Damon Gupton.

The Plot: Criminal Minds revolves around an elite team of FBI profilers who analyze the country’s most twisted criminal minds, anticipating their next moves before they strike again. The Behavioral Analysis Unit’s most experienced agent is David Rossi (Mantegna), a founding member of the BAU, who is essential in helping the team solve new cases. Other members include Special Agent Emily Prentiss (Brewster), the daughter of high-powered diplomats who returns to the team after being the head profiler at Interpol; Special Agent Dr. Spencer Reid (Gubler), a classically misunderstood genius whose social IQ is as low as his intellectual IQ is high; Jennifer “J.J.” Jareau (Cook), the team’s former unit liaison-turned-profiler who juggles motherhood and marriage with the same skill as solving cases; Penelope Garcia (Vangsness), the team’s indispensable computer wizard who helps research the cases with her unique charm; and Dr. Tara Lewis (Tyler), a forensic psychologist whose expertise is studying and interviewing serial killers after they’re captured to determine if they are able to stand trial.

New to the unit are Luke Alvez (Rodriguez), a former Army ranger and excellent tracker recruited from the FBI’s Fugitive Task Force, and Stephen Walker (Gupton), a seasoned profiler from the Behavioral Analysis Program who brings with him his spy-hunting skill set. As the team evolves together, the BAU continues its dedication to using their expertise to pinpoint predators’ motivations and identify their emotional triggers in the attempt to stop them.