Paramount+ has made a series order for “Criminal Minds,” continuing and expanding the franchise for streaming audiences, blending serialized elements into the series format.
Original cast members reprising their roles include Joe Mantegna, A.J. Cook, Kirsten Vangsness, Aisha Tyler, Adam Rodriguez and Paget Brewster, plus additional cast members to be announced. The new episodes are produced by ABC Signature and CBS Studios exclusively for Paramount+.
CBS’s original “Criminal Minds” series, which ran from 2005 to 2020, followed an elite team of FBI profilers who analyzed the country’s most twisted criminals, anticipating their next moves before they struck again.
In the new episodes, the FBI’s elite team of criminal profilers come up against an UnSub (unidentified subject) 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 the team must hunt them down, one murder at a time.
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“For 15 seasons, ‘Criminal Minds’ was at the forefront of cutting-edge scripted drama as it explored the psychology behind crime — thrillingly,” Nicole Clemens, president of Paramount+ original scripted series, said in a statement. “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.”
Erica Messer (“Criminal Minds,” “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders”) serves as show runner, 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.