Criminal Minds Overcomes Its Contract Standoff, Officially Gets Renewed for Season 9

The long national nightmare of not knowing whether Criminal Minds will be back for another season is overr. Because Criminal Minds will be back, says Deadline Hollywood. Phew. That wasn't so hard.

Even though CBS renewed most of its current series back in March, the network hadn't re-upped on the procedural because it hadn't reached contract agreements with much of the cast. But ABC Studios and CBS have now officially come to terms with Thomas Gibson, Joe Mantegna, Shemar Moore, Kirsten Vangsness, and A.J. Cook. 

Vangsness and Cook had been holding out, demanding equal pay as their male counterparts. The reportedly received raises but didn't get everything they asked for. 

CBS has yet to announce which new series it's picking up for 2013-2014.

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