Long-running drama series Criminal Minds to end after 15 seasons

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The long-running series Criminal Minds has been renewed for a 15th and final season.

On Twitter, fans reacted with disappointment when they learned the show, about a group Federal Bureau of Investigation profilers from the Behavioral Analysis Unit, would wrap up after more than 300 episodes.

Criminal Minds' Season 14 finale airs Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 10/9c on CBS.

Variety reports the show is now shooting Season 14, which consists of fifteen episodes.

At 15 seasons, "Criminal Minds" would catch "ER" in longevity, but would still trail classics like "Gunsmoke", "Law & Order", "NCIS" and others, Deadline noted.

One of the longest-running dramas on television will take its final bow in the 2019-2020 season. "We are so proud to have aired it", said Amy Reisenbach, CBS' EVP current programs.

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The show follows the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit profiling criminals to predict their next move.

Criminal Minds airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET on CBS. So far, we know that the final season will feel more like a serial drama than a procedural. ABC Studios produces in association with CBS Television Studios.

'It's really bittersweet, but I'm so, so grateful to CBS for giving us this heads-up, ' showrunner Erica Messer told TVLine. Some memorable villains from past seasons could also make an appearance, as could fan-favorite characters who've left the show, like Jason Gideon (Mandy Patinkin), Aaron Hotchner (Thomas Gibson), and Derek Morgan (Shemar Moore).

She also teased that baddies from seasons past might pop up again, as could former Criminal Minds cast members. "So my guess is tearjerker more than anything else, that's how I'd describe it". I'm not talking ill of any of those shows, but all those signs that you usually see before a show is gone, we didn't have any of that ...

'I think one of my biggest fears was always, oh man, what if we don't know and then they just don't bring back the show?'

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