'Criminal Minds' Stars Look Glamorous in a Recent Final Season Photo

CBS recently released the first photo of “Criminal Minds” final season cast and they all look stunning. The hit crime drama will come to an end with its 10-episode 15th season. 

The photo features series veterans A.J Cook, Joe Mantegna, Matthew Gray Gubler, Kristen Vangsness, and Paget Brewster along with new cast additions including Adam Rodriguez, Aisha Tyler, and Daniel Henney. 

“Watch!” magazine joined forces with popular photographer Robert Trachtenberg for a cast photo shoot for the July/August issue of “Criminal Minds” cover story.

Back in January, CBS announced that the hit crime drama would come to an end after the 15th season.

Opening up about the beloved series, CBS’ EVP current programs, Amy Reisenbach said:

“It is the quintessential CBS hit. We are so proud to have aired it. It speaks to everything we do best, which is air quality television. It’s been successful not only on air but online, in syndication, internationally for ABC (Studios).”

FAREWELL TO ONE OF THE GREATEST CRIME DRAMAS

Fans won’t have to bid goodbye to the series just yet, but the cast members said their farewells the day they shot their final episode. The entire affair was bittersweet as they said their goodbyes to fellow co-stars during their last day together. 

Aisha Tyler expressed how she felt during the last day of taping in an Instagram post. Describing her time in the series as “life-changing”, the actress said it was an extraordinary ride for her and that she is grateful to be a part of it. 

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Today is my last day of taping at @crimmindscbs. It’s a surreal day. Everyone hugging, holding on a little longer than before. Thanking each other for the hard work, laughing about the tough times, tearing up over the good ones. Making as many memories on this one day as we can — trying to make as many memories as were made over the last decade and a half in just twelve hours. It’s impossible but we’re trying.⁣ ⁣ Criminal Minds has truly changed my life. This was the first prime-time drama I did for more than one season. Where I directed my first episode of television, where I got my @directorsguildofamerica card. I‘ve made so many good friends here, learned so much, laughed so hard.⁣ ⁣ We all keep reminding each other of how lucky we are, what an extraordinary ride this has been, what a special collection of talented and hardworking people it is. What a joy and privilege to be a part of this extraordinary team. ⁣ ⁣ People often ask why Criminal Minds has been so popular around the world for so long, especially considering the dark subject matter. I always say it’s because people are comforted by the knowledge that a brilliant team of dedicated professionals are working around the clock to keep the rest of us safe. We are just a television show but those people do exist in the real world. I am so incredibly honored to have had even the slimmest opportunity to represent the hardworking men and women of the FBI, who dedicate their lives to the safety of others, and who now, more than ever, are under attack and deserve our recognition and support.⁣ ⁣ Our producer and FBI tech adviser Jim Clemente (@efbeye), who worked at the real #BAU, told us that when CM first came on there were very few college programs focused on forensic psychology, and now every major university offers one. We can’t take credit for that here, but it is a privilege to represent this important work, and the great and dedicated professionals of the real-life BAU. They are out there doing critical work every single day, and it has been a true honor to tell their stories.⁣ ⁣ BTW the cool CM rings are from our own @ajcook. Check out my story for more from today. It’s been a ride.⁣ ⁣ #wheelsup

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Veteran Joe Mantegna shared a snapshot of the last table read in his Instagram where everyone looked somber. 

"Last read through. Bittersweet day. We all knew it couldn't go on forever, but we tried," he captioned the post.  

Actress A.J Cook also bid farewell to the series as she shared a few snapshots of her fellow cast members on her Instagram

“I had to say goodbye to some iconic television characters yesterday.  I love these crazy cats. Only one more day left of filming,” she wrote

All these bittersweet goodbyes show just how special the show was, both to the fans and the cast members.  

We hope we can see these amazing actors in other shows as well. 

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