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When Will Criminal Minds Season 15 Premiere on CBS?

Updated December 27, 2019
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‘Criminal Minds’ is one of the longest-running shows on CBS. In the series, FBI Supervisory Special Agent David Rossi leads his team into solving criminal cases through the psychological profiling of criminals. Whether the FBI team is able to identify and stop criminals before they strike again is the central question that permeates the long-standing show.

After a stint of 13 years, CBS, on May 12, 2018, renewed the police procedural crime drama show for its fourteenth season. Season 14, consisting of 15 episodes, hit viewers’ screens in October 2018 and came to a conclusion in February 2019. Now, the long-standing drama is slated to end with its final season. Here’s all we know about ‘Criminal Minds’ season 15.

Criminal Minds Cast: Who’s in it?

Based in Quantico, ‘Criminal Minds’ follows the cases and adventures of a team under the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU). The team consists of an ensemble of interesting characters led by Supervisory Special Agent David Rossi, played by Joe Mantenga. Rossi is aided by Special Agent Emily Prentiss (Paget Brewster), the daughter of a powerful diplomat who joins the BAU after a stint as a head profiler at Interpol.

Another major pillar of the team is Special Agent Dr. Spencer Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler). A genius with an IQ of 187 and an eidetic memory, Dr. Reid is an eccentric and supremely intelligent character who is often misunderstood owing to his poor EQ. Rossi’s team of profilers also consists of Dr. Tara Lewis (Aisha Tyler), a specialist in interviewing serial killers. They are joined by Jennifer ‘JJ’ Jareau (AJ Cook), a former unit liaison with a high IQ.

While the team consists of skilled profilers, it isn’t the same without the charming computer wizard, Penelope Garcia (Kirsten Vangsness). Neither is the team as proficient on the field without the services of former FBI Fugitive Task Force member Luke Alvez (Adam Rodriguez), who specializes in tracking people down. Meanwhile, Special Agent Matt Simmons (Daniel Henney), an ex-Delta Soldier and a former member of the International Response Team, lends his special ops and profiling experience to the team’s vast range of skills.

All the lead stars are confirmed to be back for season 15. Additionally, Everett “Chameleon” Lynch (Michael Mosley), who was introduced in the season 14 finale will be making a comeback. Jane Lynch will also be seen in the new season. She plays Diana, Reid’s genius mom, who suffers from schizophrenia, and the last time we had seen her was in season 12.

Criminal Minds Plot: What is it about?

In a nutshell, ‘Criminal Minds’ follows Rossi’s BAU team that profiles the psyche of serial killers and other criminals to stop them from committing crimes again. A psychologically thrilling show presented in a police procedural format, this series is a must-watch for those who are interested in police investigations involving an exploration of the psyche of criminals.

In the upcoming season, that will consist of 10 episodes, viewers can expect several more intriguing cases, as the team, for the last time, tries to stay ahead of hardened criminals by profiling more complex individuals with sinister and twisted backgrounds. As with all the other seasons, dirty politics is likely to be involved, and the team will have to face adverse odds and difficult situations from which they must emerge using a combination of their wits and their skills.

What we do know is that much of the story will revolve around Rossi’s attempts to finally catch Everett “Chameleon” Lynch. Showrunner Erica Messer explained Lynch is a “worthy adversary” and that the show picks up with “Rossi’s obsession in catching him in the final ten, and then that will play throughout, which is, you know, not a usual thing for us.”

Star Matthew Gray Gubler teased about the finale, saying, “I see a happy ending in store for Reid, which is something that we’re all looking forward to, including with his mom.”

However, season 15 does not kick off directly after the season 14 finale — but instead features a time jump of six months. Messer explained: “We kick off the final 10 with a two-parter, basically. Whether they’re aired at the same time or not is unclear, but it’s a two-hour story. The emotional journey of our heroes [picks] up about six months after this finale has aired, and chasing the Chameleon.”

Criminal Minds Season 15 Release Date: When will it premiere?

Criminal Minds Season 14 premiered on October 3, 2018, on CBS. After airing for 15 episodes, it concluded on February 6, 2019.

CBS soon confirmed that Season 15 will make a comeback but it will be the last time audiences see the Rossi-led BAU team. It will consist of 10 episodes. Unlike its first 14 seasons, the final season will be released on CBS’ midseason slot rather than in the fall of 2019, as it was reported previously. 

On November 11, 2019, CBS finalized the release date alongside its winter TV lineup. Criminal Minds season 15 is slated to release on January 8, 2020, with a two-hour season premiere at 9 p.m. ET. After that, it will follow a weekly schedule of airing one hourly episode every Wednesday evening at 9 p.m.

Criminal Minds Trailer:

You can watch the official promo trailer for season 15 below:

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