The highly anticipated Criminal Minds reboot is something moms everywhere will have to be thankful for after Thanksgiving dinner and tucking the kids into bed. Paramount+ announced on Sept. 21 that the first two episodes of Criminal Minds: Evolution would premiere on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24. The BAU will take on a new case for the first time in two years, and the trailer shows just how challenging it will be.
This case will be just as intense as the ones the team faced in the original CBS series, which ran from 2005-2020 – a long time for any series to remain in a person’s life. In 15 seasons, a lot can happen! When the series began, your child might have been driving by now if you had a baby around that time. The BAU members might seem like family to you if you have been a fan from the beginning. There’s a sense of a long-awaited reunion in the Criminal Minds reboot.
Before Criminal Minds: Evolution premieres on Thanksgiving, here’s everything you need to know.
When Will the Criminal Minds Reboot Premiere?
On Thanksgiving Day, Paramount+ will offer the first two episodes of Criminal Minds: Evolution. The show will then premiere new episodes every Thursday until Dec. 15, when there will be a holiday break (even fictional serial killers take a break during the holidays). Thursday, Jan. 12, will mark the start of the season, followed by February 9 for the season finale.
Is There a Trailer Yet?
Yep! On Nov. 4, Paramount+ released a chilling trailer teasing, not just a new serial killer, but a network of serial killers as well:
Which Cast Members Are Returning?
There won’t be every member of the BAU returning for the revival, but there will be plenty of familiar faces. In addition to Joe Mantegna (Rossi), A.J. They are Kirsten Vangsness (Garcia), Aisha Tyler (Tara), Adam Rodriguez (Luke), and Paget Brewster (Prentiss). Zach Gilford, the star of Friday Night Lights, will play a dangerous new character.
Daniel Henney, who played Matt in the series, and Matthew Gray Gubler, who played Dr. Spencer Reid, are notable absentees from the cast list. Shemar Moore is also not expected to return as Derek Morgan, the role he played until Season 11. A cameo appearance isn’t completely ruled out since Moore stars in another Paramount/CBS show, S.W.A.T.
During the Television Critics Association panel, showrunner Erica Messer revealed that she’s leaving the door open for any original cast members who want to return to the dark world of Criminal Minds. “There is a little more mystery surrounding Reid and Simmons’ actions. They’re certainly not forgotten. Messer revealed during the TCA panel that their desks still had stuff on them. “We’re definitely playing with that. They are not gone.”
As a follow-up, Moore added that she hoped more of the original stars would return “at some point.” Come on, Moore, it’s time to fulfill some dreams – the world needs more Morgan.
Can You Tell Me What the Plot of the New Criminal Minds Is?
The new season of Criminal Minds will be streamed, but Messer promises it won’t become darker. Due to the series’ time spent streaming on Netflix, Messer knows it has a large fanbase among teens, and she doesn’t want to lose sight of its grit and gore.
Despite the broadening of the show’s scope, Variety reported that she is aware that teenage kids watch it. Since we live in this world for so long, I didn’t want us to go into full Rated-R… but we do. That is why you get to live and breathe it, and it can be disturbing — a disturbing place to live. I don’t think you’ll be shocked that the graphics are worse.”
Following two years of dealing with the pandemic, the BAU (like the rest of the world) will still be adjusting to the reality of life once they’re back together. Particularly Rossi, as the season begins, will have to deal with grief. But the show’s main, season-long case is intertwined with the fact that the world has been shut down for months.
A group of UnSubs created a network of serial killers during that time. The serial killers put their plan into action, causing the BAU to investigate the most disturbing suspect to date.
As November approaches, you can expect to see the BAU back on the case – and on our screens.
The main reason for Reid’s absence on Criminal Minds: Evolution stems from scheduling conflicts. Initially, it was believed that the actor skipped the revival altogether after starring in and occasionally directing episodes of Criminal Minds for 15 years.
A second season has been picked up for the reboot of Criminal Minds that airs exclusively on Paramount+ under the new name: Criminal Minds: Evolution.
Due to conflicting schedules, the two actors were unable to join the new show. According to TV Insider, Erica Messer is the showrunner of Criminal Mind. This year, we only had a very short window for shooting, and we wanted [Gubler and Henny] both to be back.
‘Criminal Minds’ on Paramount+
Neither Spencer Reid nor Agent Matt Simmons (Daniel Henney) can be found. Matthew’s character played a pivotal role in the original show, which premiered in 2005, but he wasn’t up for a return.
Originally broadcast on CBS for six seasons between 2005-2020, Criminal Minds: Evolution is an expansion of that series. An UnSub who has built a network of serial killers has used the pandemic to build a network of criminal profilers in the current season of the show.
Penelope announced she was leaving the team after 15 seasons to work for a non-profit that helps with climate change.