The Behavioral Analysis Unit isn’t done taking down serial killers, as Paramount+ has renewed Criminal Minds: Evolution for a second season.
Criminal Minds: Evolution was the revival of the long-running crime procedural series Criminal Minds, which came to an end in 2020. It didn’t take long for rumblings of a revival to emerge, and much of the original cast returned, including Joe Mantegna as David Rossi, Adam Rodriguez as Luke Alvez, A.J. Cook as Jennifer “JJ” Jareau, Aisha Tyler as Tara Lewis, Paget Brewster as Emily Prentiss, and Kirsten Vangsness as Penelope Garcia. Criminal Minds: Evolution recently returned to Paramount+ after a mid-season break, and now that the series has been renewed, production is expected to kick off on the new season later this year.
“We’re thrilled to bring even more twisted storylines to our loyal fans of Criminal Minds: Evolution with the order of another season,” Paramount Streaming chief programming officer Tanya Giles said in a statement. “The series has always been a consistent top performer for Paramount+ and fans have quickly embraced this new season with its more serialized elements. There are still many dark twists and turns yet to come for the BAU this season and we can’t wait for fans to see what’s in store.” Criminal Minds: Evolution has become one of Paramount’s top five original series on the streaming service, so it’s no surprise they’re bringing the team back for more. Due to scheduling conflicts, Criminal Minds: Evolution doesn’t include Spencer Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler) or Matt Simmons (Daniel Henney), but fans have their fingers crossed that the characters will be able to return for the new season.
Criminal Minds: Evolution follows the Behavioral Analysis Unit going up against “their greatest threat yet,” a network of serial killers who have been recruited during the pandemic by Elias Volt (Zach Gilford), an operations analyst at a global cybersecurity firm with a dark side and an obsession with death. The series returned from its mid-season break today, with the season finale set to drop on February 9th.
What do you hope to see in the next season of Criminal Minds: Evolution?