Thomas Gibson Signs Two-Year Contract, Will Return to Criminal Minds

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It wasn't easy, but the deal is done.

Criminal Minds star Thomas Gibson will return to the CBS drama, which is scheduled to begin production on its seventh season in just two weeks' time.

Gibson has signed on for two years in a deal worth "mid-to-high seven figures," according to Deadline. That and a signing bonus assures him a huge raise.

Hotch on Criminal Minds

It wasn't known until the last minute if he would return, with the future of Gibson's character, Supervisory Agent Aaron Hotchner, left open-ended on May's season finale.

Nevertheless, Gibson had been fulfilling all of his Criminal Minds obligations despite not being signed, indicating optimism that a deal would be struck.

With Gibson and Shemar Moore re-signing, Joe Mantegna, Matthew Gray Gubler and Kristen Vangsness still under contract and Paget Brewster and A.J. Cook returning as regulars after dubious firings last season, the Criminal Minds cast is fully intact.

Season seven should be a good one!

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debra why do you want them to get rid of JJ?


oh yes.... this is great news...the team is back together ....hope they get rid of the blonde "cadet" ..such a STUPID idea.....just concentrate on great stories


I am in love with Thomas Gibson as Hotch! I wouldn't watch CM without him. Because without him, there is no Criminal Minds!


I am soooooooooo Happy right now.The team is back together where they belong. Season 7 should be another exciting one.CBS has finally realized that you can't fix what's not broke. Thomas Gibson is so worth every penny he was asking for. After all, he is the force behind the Bau. Letting Thomas go, would have put the show in a whole new light. It just would have not been the same Without Hotch. There would be no CM. In my opinion, everyone is valuable. But Thomas is CM.




Best news I've heard all week! I am so excited for season 7; the team is back together again. It's going to be amazing. I can tell.


YES!!! Finally!! This is the best news I've had all week!!
For the first time in my life I will THANK CBS for being able to admit and fix their mistakes, and for finally listening to the fans :)


YES YES YES YES These is so cool Now we just need to get gideon back I have came up with a idea of how to get Emily back too


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