Criminal Minds was left short-handed for Season 12 as Shemar Moore and Thomas Gibson are both off the show. Many fans of the CBS crime drama are disenchanted due to the absence of Moore and Thomas. Ratings are reflecting the loss.
Thomas Gibson of Criminal Minds was dismissed in August, just as filming got under way. Fans will remember that Shemar Moore had already left near the end of Season 11 to pursue other opportunities.
Matthew Gray Gubler and Joe Mantegna were the only remaining male co-stars after the departure of Gibson and Moore. The handsome heartthrob Matthew Gray Gubler has appeared in all 12 seasons. Though Joe Mantegna only came to the cast after the departure of Mandy Patinkin, he’s been an integral part of the show for many years. Gubler and Mantegna have been very busy on the set of Criminal Minds.
Thomas Gibson and Shemar Moore are powerfully missed by fans and cast alike. Their characters Agents Aaron Hotchner and Derick Morgan were very integral to the show. The character interactions on Criminal Minds are floundering quite a bit in the wake of their absence, but Matthew Gray Gubler, Joe Mantegna, and the remaining co-star ladies are still trying to create great TV for viewers.
Adam Rodriguez has been hired to help fill in for the absence of Shemar Moore. Rodrigeuz made his debut performance on Criminal Minds in the season premiere, which largely served to introduce Adam’s character, Luke Alvez.
Matthew Gray Guber is directing a really special drama for Episode 6. This episode was written by Erica Messer. Gubler is very creative, and he and Messer have always made a great team. Perhaps that show will draw some viewers back for Episode 6.
Joe Mantegna got a special thrill in late October when he was honored with the privilege of throwing the first pitch for the Cubs vs. Los Angeles game. A native of Chicago, according to WGN Radio, Mantegna loves the Cubs.
Criminal Minds’ Shemar Moore has just completed his role in a new romantic comedy called The Bounce Back, according to WSVN News 7 in Miami. When Shemar decided to leave the CBS crime drama, he said he wanted to try new things and this role is what he’s found so far. Moore left the show near the end of last season, so he’s had time to spread his wings a bit.
Thomas Gibson has only been away from Criminal Minds for a couple of months. He’s been spending his days with his family and friends. He’s also been on Twitter quite a bit, posting pictures of rescue dogs and tweeting to fans. Fans have been very supportive of Gibson since his departure from CM.
RELATED REPORTS FROM THE INQUISITR
Thomas Gibson has not been replaced on the show yet, but the studio has hired Damon Gupton to step in eventually. It is not clear when Gupton will debut on Criminal Minds. Fans are still hopeful that Gibson will be allowed to return to the show. Many are boycotting for his return, while others seem to have just lost interest in the show.
Shemar Moore and Thomas Gibson’s departure may be too much for Criminal Minds to endure. If the 12-year-old crime drama is to survive, at least one of them probably needs to return to the show. It is hoped that CBS will have a change of heart about terminating Gibson, but they need to act soon before Gibson, like Moore, finds another role.
Thomas Gibson and Shemar Moore left a void in Criminal Minds that will be hard to fill.
[Featured Image by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images]