Paramount+ Sets Criminal Minds Revival Premiere Date

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Paramount+ has set the Criminal Minds revival premiere date!

Showrunner, executive producer, and writer Erica Messer revealed that Criminal Minds: Evolution will premiere with two episodes on Thanksgiving Day, November 24th. Messer revealed the exciting news during Paramount+’s virtual Television Critics Association presentation on Wednesday.

Following the premiere, new episodes of the revival will drop weekly on Thursday until the midseason finale on December 15th. The season will then return on January 12th with new episodes weekly until the finale on February 9th.

The show is set to take place during the pandemic and will bring back original and beloved characters David Rossi (Joe Mantegna), Emily Prentiss (Paget Brewster), Tara Lewis (Aisha Tyler), Penelope Garcia (Kirsten Vangsness), JJ Jareau ( A.J. Cook), and Luke Alvez (Adam Rodriguez).

The team of criminal profilers will work together against one of their biggest threats yet — an unsub who has used the virus to build a network of criminals.

“Everybody’s in a very different place,” Messer teased of Evolution in EW’s Fall Preview. “We’ve got Prentiss, who has now been promoted outside of the BAU unit chief.”

“Rossi has taken her place as unit chief, but he’s going through a big thing, so he’s kind of in all five stages of grief when we meet him in the first two episodes.”

“Alvez has been trying to help out raw scenes, sort of stay local for a while and handle those cases, while JJ and Lewis have answered every single consultant call that they’ve gotten in the last year, which means plenty of nights away from home.”

“The word from above, the bureaucrats, is, ‘Do more with less,'” she continued. “I think we can all relate to that as well. Our teams have been downsized and everybody’s still got the same amount of work to do.”

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