UPDATED: The “Criminal Minds” revival is finally moving forward at Paramount+.
The streamer has given out a series order to the continuation of the long-running CBS procedural. It has received a 10-episode order. The project was first reported as being in development in early 2021, though series star Paget Brewster had said on social media later that year that project appeared to be “dead.”
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Joe Mantegna, A.J. Cook, Kirsten Vangsness, Aisha Tyler, Adam Rodriguez and Paget Brewster are all returning for the revival, with additional cast members to be announced at a later date. In the new series, the FBI’s elite team of criminal profilers come up against their greatest threat yet, an UnSub who has used the pandemic to build a network of other serial killers. Now, as the world opens back up, the network goes operational, and our team must hunt them down, one murder at a time.
Erica Messer, who has a long history with the franchise, serves as showrunner, executive producer and writer on the new series. Breen Frazier and Chris Barbour will serve as writers and executive producers. Glenn Kershaw will direct and executive produce, and Mark Gordon will also serve as executive producer.
“For 15 seasons, ‘Criminal Minds’ was at the forefront of cutting-edge scripted drama as it explored the psychology behind crime – thrillingly,” said Nicole Clemens, president of Paramount+ Original Scripted Series. “The series never stopped evolving during its run, and we are beyond excited to bring it back into a new era with new stories for a new generation of viewers at Paramount+. Erica, the whole cast and creative team are building a season full of new twists that we are sure will electrify audiences.”
Created by Jeff Davis, “Criminal Minds” was an incredibly popular procedural for CBS, beginning in 2005 and running for 15 seasons and 324 episodes. It remained one of CBS’ most watched shows throughout most of its time on the air. The series concluded its run on the broadcaster in February 2020.
The cast of the original series also included stars such as Mandy Patinkin, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson, Lola Glaudini. and several others. The show spawned two spinoffs — “Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior” and “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders.”
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