The Criminal Minds revival has finally got the greenlight at Paramount Plus! The revival of the CBS crime drama Criminal Minds has received a 10-episode order on the streaming service almost a year and a half after its announcement.
Back in February 2021, Paramount+ had announced the Criminal Minds revival. That announcement was made almost a year and a half ago when Paramount+ was still CBS All Access. The revival went through quite a long development process, and premature reports of the revival “being scrapped,” as series star Paget Brewster had said on social media later that year after the announcement that the project seemed to be “dead.”
No, and sadly, we think it's dead.I'll let you know if there is any progress but it seems unlikely. Which is a bummer.
— paget brewster (@pagetpaget) July 30, 2021
The revival also took so long to start development as there had to be protracted negotiations with the series’ original longtime executive producer/showrunner Erica Messer and the cast. The actors’ contracts had been contingent on Messer signing a pact with ABC Signature, where she is under an overall deal that she ended up closing on a couple of months ago.
Paramount+ Criminal Minds Will Be A Bit Different Than The Original
The original long-running CBS procedural Criminal Minds, created by Jeff Davis, aired in 2005 and concluded its broadcasting time in February 2020. The series ran for 15 seasons and 324 episodes, with many Matthew Gray Gubler fans spawning along the way. The original Criminal Minds remained one of CBS’ most watched shows throughout most of its time on air. It generated two spinoffs: Suspect Behavior, which ran for one season in 2011, and Beyond Borders, which lasted two seasons from 2016-2017. According to Nielsen, the original series is predominantly among the most watched acquired shows on streaming giant Netflix.
The Paramount Plus Criminal Minds revival will be slightly different from the original series. Unlike the on-air Criminal Minds TV show, where cases were typically resolved by the end of an episode, Paramount Plus’s Criminal Minds will be serialized. This means that with each episode, the BAU(Behavioral Analysis Unit) team works on a single case throughout the course of the season.
The Criminal Minds revival will be starring six fan-favorite cast members, including Joe Mantegna(David Rossi), Kirsten Vangsness(Penelope Garcia), Adam Rodriguez(Luke Alvez), A.J. Cook(Jennifer Jareau), Aisha Tyler(Dr. Tara Lewis) and Paget Brewster(Emily Prentiss).
TVLine first reported the green light for the Criminal Minds revival.
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