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'Criminal Minds' Star Thomas Gibson Still Hasn't Renewed His Contract for Season 7

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jun 6th 2011 7:50AM
'Criminal Minds' has had more than its fair share of drama off-screen in the last year or so. Cast members have been demoted, or promoted then axed, or fired and then rehired. Now comes news that star Thomas Gibson is still between contracts.

According to Deadline.com negotiations have stalled between Gibson and CBS with only one month to go before production gets underway on the upcoming Season 7. While he is expected to sign a new deal to stay with the show the uncertainty is making life hard for the writers.

They have already started to map out next season and write scripts. Gibson's character, Supervisory Special Agent Aaron Hotchner, has been key to the show's storylines, so it would be hard to plot the season without knowing if he will be back.

No reason has been made public for the delay in negotiations, but it's likely to be salary-related, and over the last year CBS has been keen to trim the 'Criminal Minds' budget. Up until now Gibson has reportedly been making $100,000 per episode, which is not exactly chump change, but is low compared to the stars of other procedurals such as 'Law & Order: SVU,' who pull in around $400,000.

However, after cancelling the spin-off series, 'Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior' the network may have more cash to spread around, and it's said to want to bring the focus back to what's happening on-screen, not behind the scenes. Gibson's co-stars Paget Brewster and A.J. Cook have both been rehired for Season 7 and recent addition Rachel Nichols has been let go. Executive producers and showrunners Ed Bernero and Simon Mirren have also both left the series.

Last year the news that producers had offered Brewster a reduced number of episodes and fired Cook sparked outrage amongst fans who started -- now apparently successful -- online campaigns and petitions to reinstate the actresses.

'Criminal Minds' Season 7 premieres in the fall on CBS.

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Jason Brees

Watch Criminal Minds Episodes of full series online for free. You will really enjoy this show. Best cast, story and music these ingredients make it famous...


October 24 2011 at 6:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jason Brees

As the days are nearing the excitement is increasing as to what will be coming in upcoming Criminal Minds Season 7 premiere episode. Till now each and every fan of the series knows that the season 7 episodes will start airing from 21st September 2011.


September 14 2011 at 9:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

hasn't cbs learned there lesson with brewster and cook. this show is great. great actors, great stories. however, cbs should "wake up and smell the coffee." Look what the ratings are. criminal minds is way up there without cbs promating the show. i have yet to see them promating the show. the acotrs and the stories have got them where they are. certainly not the cbs evaluation group. Maybe if you advertised a b it of crimianl minds you will get a much higher rating. there are no actors as good as the criminal minds cast. i think if you don't give in to thomas gibson, you will lose the entire show.,

June 17 2011 at 1:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sadie Heldberg

I'm super excited for Season 7 and they can't have the show without Hotch, it just wouldn't be the same. We also enjoy the pleasure of watching older episodes on the non major network channels which until recently were looking pretty unclear and yucky. We bought an HD TV to hang on the wall and since I work at Dish Network I decided to ask about HD programming, we were surprised to find out we could have it free like every other customer which fixes the image problem on non local stations. Now our clarity is beautiful and the new season is coming but we will still watch the older episodes since they were so brilliantly written and cast.

June 13 2011 at 11:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Brewster sucks and I prayed every day that she would leave...I was soooooooooooooooooooooo glad when they "killed" her off, and it is awful that they are bringing her back. She is like a terrible transvestite...hard to look at and listen to! But....sooooooooooooooooooooo glad Cook is coming back & couldn't be more thrilled that Suspect Behavior CRAP is cancelled! What in the hell were they thinking!!!

June 08 2011 at 5:06 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

all i can say is they should save what they pay the ones on suspect behavior and hire patinkin back and stop screwing with the good shows to try to make new ones

June 07 2011 at 8:47 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

I was so ready to stop watching the show when Brewster and Cook were taken off. I'm happy they're coming back.

June 07 2011 at 6:16 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Absolutely the best show on tv. The best move is bringing back Paget & AJ. Gibson must stay on board. Wasn't so sure when they added Joe Montegna but his character only added to an already manificent cast. I'd hate to see any one of them leave. Tried watching the spin-off. Was bored-too slow, the actors lacked character. I can only hope Criminal Minds continues for many years to come. #1 fan

June 07 2011 at 4:49 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Bruce and Sue

Agreed, Bernie. We love the brooding character "Hotch"! He has many depths to his character. It is also great to see when each of the characters get to show their "other" side.

June 07 2011 at 4:39 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

I am thrilled that Paget and AJ were rehired what a stupid move, I hope Gibson comes back with his MOODY ways, it certainly makes the show interesting, I know all good things come to an end sooner or later but lets make it later lots later.

June 07 2011 at 4:09 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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