The release date for the Criminal Minds revival has finally been confirmed, and it’s sooner than you might think.
A reboot of the beloved crime drama was confirmed earlier this year on Paramount+, with filming kicking off just last month.
Paget Brewster and Joe Mantegna will once again lead the cast of FBI profilers, reprising their roles as the iconic Emily Prentiss and David Rossi.
It looks to be a quick turnaround for the BAU gang as the new 10-part series, aka Criminal Minds: Evolution: will premiere on Thanksgiving.
The first two episodes will land on November 24 and will then drop weekly before the midseason finale on December 15.
Thankfully, we don’t have long to wait as the break will end on January 12, with new instalments until February 9.
The Evolution revival is set during the Covid-19 pandemic, with Tara Lewis (Aisha Tyler), JJ Jareau (AJ Cook), Penelope Garcia (Kirsten Vangsness) and Luke Alvez (Adam Rodriguez) among those returning to the fold.
Spilling the beans on what fans can expect from the fictional FBI squad, showrunner Erica Messer discussed where the team are when the show picks back up, teasing that everyone is in ‘a very different place’.
‘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 in all five stages of grief when we meet him in the first two episodes,’ she said in Entertainment Weekly’s fall preview.
‘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,”’ 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.’
Despite Spencer Reid and Derek Morgan, played by Matthew Gray Gubler and Shemar Moore respectively, not appearing in the episodes, Erica spoke of their absence and explained that the characters ‘haven’t gone away’.
‘Their desks will still have stuff on them,’ she added. ‘But if and when they return, it’s up to them. It’s dependent on their schedules. I can’t promise anything right now. But it’s the hope.’
Fingers crossed that those schedules open back up ASAP.
Criminal Minds: Evolution will begin on Paramount+ on November 24.
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