There has been a meeting of the Criminal Minds, and as a result, the CBS drama has been renewed for Season 9, the network announced on Thursday evening, with all seven main cast members (and showrunner Erica Messer) set to return.
Last week, CBS and producer ABC Studios tendered their final offers to Thomas Gibson, Joe Mantegna, Shemar Moore, Kirsten Vangsness and A.J. Cook. Gibson and Mantegna were reportedly the first to be close to signing on for the new season; Moore’s negotiations were said to go on longer, while Vangsness and Cook rejected their offers and banded together to seek salaries closer to that of their male co-stars.
According to Deadline, all of the aforementioned five have signed new two-year deals with the crime drama, and though Cook and Vangsness did not achieve pay equal to the Criminal men, they did receive significant raises. (Matthew Gray Gubler and Jeanne Tripplehorn were not up for renewal this spring.)
“Criminal Minds” star
Kirsten Vangsness topped a list on Thursday of the most
appealing TV actors among faith-based audiences, while Sandra
Bullock was the most popular movie star among that group.
Vangsness, 40, who plays fun-loving FBI technical analyst
Penelope Garcia on the CBS show “Criminal Minds, is openly gay
and announced her engagement to her longtime girlfriend in 2009.
Actors on the popular crime shows “NCIS” and “CSI” also
fared well in the 2013 rankings of the most appealing
celebrities by survey respondents who said they attend regular
services at their house of worship.
The findings, released by E-Poll Market Research, were based
on surveys of 1,100 Americans aged 13 and older who were asked
to rank more than 40 attributes as well as their awareness of
James Earl Jones, Sean Connery and Morgan Freeman, who has
played God or God-like figures several times, rounded out the
top four movie stars.