The clock is ticking on the renewal of a CBS crime drama.
“Criminal Minds” stars Thomas Gibson and Joe Mantegna are close to new agreements at this part, and negotiations continue with Shemar Moore, where the two sides are far apart on compensation.
Last week ABC Studios signed a new deal with showrunner Erica Messer. If Gibson and Mantegna are resigned, the ninth season is likely. All of the negotiations apparently need to be finalized by the end of the day Tuesday to get that ninth season officially announced.
Fan favorite cast members Kirsten Vangsness and A.J. Cook, meanwhile, have reportedly turned down their offers. The two have reportedly been negotiation together as a stand against their lesser pay as compared to all of the men on the show, and are willing to leave.
Back in 2010 Cook was reduced to a guest star and costar Paget Brewster was cut altogether, though fan outcry resulted in Cook being reinstated on “Criminal Minds.”
“Criminal Minds” follows a team of FBI profilers from the Behavioral Analysis Unit. The show focuses on the criminals, rather than the crime itself. “Criminal Minds” is produced by The Mark Gordon Company in association with CBS Television Studios and ABC Studios.