Shemar Moore, known for his roles in “The Young and the Restless” and “S.W.A.T.,” has expressed his willingness to return to the popular crime drama “Criminal Minds.”
A Look Back at Criminal Minds
“Criminal Minds” aired for 15 seasons on CBS, captivating audiences with its thrilling storylines and captivating characters. The show followed a team of FBI profilers who used their expertise to track down and apprehend dangerous criminals. Moore played Special Agent Derek Morgan for 11 seasons as a series regular and two as a special guest.
Moore’s Desire to Return
In a recent interview with TV Insider, Moore revealed that he would gladly return to “Criminal Minds” if given the opportunity. He spoke fondly of his time on the show, acknowledging his gratitude for the platform it provided him.
Challenges and Creativity
Moore acknowledged that his busy schedule might pose a challenge in coordinating a return to “Criminal Minds.” However, he expressed his willingness to work with the producers to find creative solutions that would make it possible.
Criminal Minds: Evolution
“Criminal Minds” was revived in 2022 with “Criminal Minds: Evolution,” a more serialized version of the original series. The revival was a success for Paramount+, leading to a quick renewal for a second season.
Delays and Cast Changes
The filming of new episodes for “Criminal Minds: Evolution” faced delays due to strikes by the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) and the Writers Guild of America (WGA). Despite these setbacks, the majority of the original cast members, including Joe Mantegna, A.J. Cook, Kirsten Vangsness, Aisha Tyler, Adam Rodriguez, Paget Brewster, and Zach Gilford, are set to return.
Moore’s Relationship with CBS
Moore has had a long-standing relationship with CBS, but it was strained last year when the network canceled “S.W.A.T.” after six seasons. However, the outcry from fans led to the renewal of “S.W.A.T.” for a final season.
S.W.A.T. Season 7 and Beyond
The seventh season of “S.W.A.T.” will premiere on February 16, 2023, on CBS. Moore hinted that the series finale might leave some storylines open-ended, potentially setting the stage for a future continuation of the show.
Cast Changes in S.W.A.T.
Original cast members Kenneth “Kenny” Johnson and Alex Russell, who play Dominique Luca and Jim Street, respectively, have been demoted to recurring players for the final season. This decision was made to allow the writers to craft farewell arcs for these characters that feel organic and satisfying.