Shemar Moore Returns to ‘Criminal Minds’ as Derek Morgan for Tonight
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Shemar Moore Returns to ‘Criminal Minds’ as Derek Morgan for Tonight

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Photo: Darren Michaels ©2017 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Shemar Moore was a longtime main cast member on Criminal Minds, but his character Derek Morgan left the show last year. Fortunately, he returned for an episode earlier in the season and tonight he is back again. Tonight’s show is titled “Lucky Strikes” and the CBS plot description reads, “When Garcia experiences anxiety over a case that’s personal to her from her past, Morgan visits to lend emotional support.”

When Moore originally left the show, his character Derek Morgan was tortured and the love of his life was shot. This forced Morgan to re-evaluate what he wanted to do with his life and he decided to leave the BAU. Fortunately for fans, Moore enjoys coming back to set, The sexy and single Shemar Moore returns for the season finale and previously telling Extra TV that, “It makes me feel good to go back and see my friends. It’s the same people. The craft service was in the same place. The wardrobe was the same. The coffee was still bad.”

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Photo: Darren Michaels ©2017 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

So, why has Moore returned to the show again? The timing definitely seems to be strategic, as Moore’s new show S.W.A.T. premieres on the CBS network next week, premiering on November 2, 2017. Criminal Minds also airs on CBS, but on Wednesday nights. And, if you can’t get to a TV or don’t have cable, the only legal way to stream Criminal Minds live online or a mobile device is via CBS All Access, a service that streams live CBS broadcasts in most U.S. markets.

The service costs $5.99 a month, but you can stream Criminal Minds tonight for free via the service’s free 7-day trial. You’ll have to enter your valid U.S. credit card information to sign up, but you won’t be charged if you cancel your subscription before the trial ends. So, to recap: If you’re looking for a free live stream of tonight’s Criminal Minds show, you can sign up for the free trial here, stream the show, and then cancel your subscription within 7 days to avoid charges.

When Shemar Moore originally left Criminal Minds, he told The Hollywood Reporter, “It’s a weird experience. I just spent 11 years with a group of people, and it’s a weird thing to walk away from — but I did it on my terms and in the right way … When we started, there were 102 cop shows … and I questioned why they needed 103, but what we found out was that Criminal Minds was a different type of show … It’s nice to exhale now. I feel really at peace with the fact that I left it all out on the field.” Moore went on to further dish on his character, saying that, “Derek Morgan isn’t walking off because Shemar is done with the show. Derek is walking away because there’s part of his life that’s missing and that he has an opportunity and he risks that every day, but he needs to be a dad and experience that and be by his wife.” Hopefully there will continue to be more appearances by Morgan every now and then on the show. Check out a preview clip of Shemar Moore as Derek Morgan from tonight’s episode of Criminal Minds below.


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