Shemar Moore, who plays fan-favorite character, Derek Morgan, in the American police procedural drama TV series “Criminal Minds” on CBS, decided to leave the show after the 16th episode of Season 11.
In the TV series, Morgan left the Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) because he no longer wants to jeopardize the safety of his wife and their newborn baby because his work often deals with ruthless criminals and serial killers.
In real life, however, Shemar Moore, decided to leave the TV series after being a series regular for 11 years because he wanted to focus on other projects.
Typical of the TV series for regular characters who decide to leave the show, the showrunners and the writers do not kill them off unlike other TV shows of the same genre.
Showrunner Erica Messer confirmed that the reason why they did not kill off Shemar Moore’s character is because they have left the door open just in case he decides to return to “Criminal Minds” and the show is still airing.
Messer also added that even if they have taken on Adam Rodriguez, an alum of “CSI: Miami” for 11 seasons, his character is not actually a direct replacement to Derek Morgan in the BAU as he will reportedly be part of a task force created to round up the inmates who escaped during the Season 11 finale, reports Game & Guide.
Hard to accept
In addition, there is also a reported subplot in the upcoming Season 12 of “Criminal Minds” where Dr. Spencer Reid, played by Matthew Gray Gubler, will really feel bad about the departure of his good friend Derek Morgan, that he will become antagonistic towards the newcomer in Adam Rodriguez’s character.
It remains only as speculation at this time since Adam Rodriguez has been reported to take on a role not under BAU but in a different FBI task force.
It would also be interesting to find out how Dr. Reid shall be greatly affected by the loss of a co-worker and a good friend.
There are also reports saying that the entry of Adam’s character and the disappointment of Reid for losing a good friend would clash in a way in Season 12 and their rapport shall reportedly be under duress, notes the Christian Today.
Fans and loyal viewers of “Criminal Minds” would basically know the answers to their questions once the TV series returns to CBS on September 28 for its Season 12 premiere.
Exciting and compelling stories
Fans of the hit show can hardly wait for its airing. Apart from the huge cliffhanger left by the showrunner and writers during the Season 11 finale, viewers would like to have another serving of excitement, action, and great storytelling that “Criminal Minds” have been known for in its past 11 seasons.
In a recent interview, actor Thomas Gibson, who plays BAU chief Aaron ‘Hotch” Hotchner in “Criminal Minds,” says that the reason why fans and viewers keep raving about the show is because of its compelling stories.
Gibson attributes the main success formula of the TV series to its great writers, whom he explained as the ones responsible for coming up with intricate storylines for “Criminal Minds” every week for the last 255 episodes already.
He said that the writers have really made the show very interesting. In addition, Gibson said that profiling the criminal instead of focusing on their respective crimes makes “Criminal Minds” really unique.
Gibson explained that “Criminal Minds” focuses on what happened in a bad person’s life to make them capable of doing the unspeakable things or crimes to other people.
He explained that it focuses on what compels criminals to do the crimes, which really makes the TV series interesting to watch on the small screen.
As for his favorite episodes, the actor said that those are the ones which were not the tricky cases but the ones where his Hotch character experienced heightened emotions, He cited, in particular, an episode in Season 5 where he lost his ex-wife.