If it wasn't sad enough that there's only one abbreviated season of Criminal Minds left, fans will have to wait longer than expected to be able to say goodbye to the crew at the BAU.
CBS announced its fall schedule on Wednesday morning, and the long-running procedural is conspicuously absent from the fall lineup. The series has held down the Wednesday at 10/9c spot for several seasons now, but now that timeslot will be taken over by S.W.A.T. (which is headlined by Criminal Minds alum Shemar Moore), meaning that the final season of Criminal Minds will be held for midseason.
What makes this extra surprising is, the cast and crew are almost done filming the final episodes, which means they would be ready in plenty of time for a fall launch. But it's likely CBS will run the final 10 episodes in late winter or early spring, making fans wait almost a year for new episodes.
In the meantime, the cast has already taken to social media to say their goodbyes. Joe Mantegna, who replaced Mandy Patinkin in Season 3, has already filmed his last scene and posted an emotional goodbye to the show, the crew, and his fans on Instagram.
However, the most tearful goodbye might be from Kirsten Vangsness, who posted a photo montage with a caption about how her heart was breaking from joy. We're going to miss this team so much.
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When you love your job so much you post pictures of the job at the job to remind you about the job. This is some of the make up trailer walls that sweet @daliadokter made with all kinds of moments. My heart is broken from joy and it will take a bit to put myself back together, luckily I have these great 7 folks I know from this job (and our huge brilliant crew) who I can cry to about it and know intimately where I'm coming from. Thank you for giving us the gift to do this job for so long my appreciation is truly infinite. ❤️
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Editor's Note: A previous version of this article featured an Instgram post incorrectly attributed to Matthew Gray Gubler. That post has been deleted from the story.