'Criminal Minds' Season 9: Renewal closer with Erica Messer back as showrunner

"Criminal Minds" is one of only a handful of CBS series still waiting on a renewal for next season, but the hit show is one step closer with a new deal for executive producer and showrunner Erica Messer.Deadline reports Messer finalized a new two-year deal with "Criminal Minds" producer ABC Studios and will continue as showrunner for Season 9 of "Minds." That's an important step toward locking in much of the cast to return, as Deadline notes that Messer's work on the show has been well received by the actors.There are currently no deals in place for five key members of the show's cast -- Thomas Gibson, Joe Mantegna, Shemar Moore, Kirsten Vangsness and A.J. Cook -- to return after this season. With each actor negotiating separately it's entirely possible that some deals could close before CBS' May 15 upfront presentation of the 2013 fall schedule, while others could close after.Two years ago, Gibson was...



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