It's Alive! Joe Mantegna Confirms 'Criminal Minds' Reboot Is a Go With a New Name!

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Everything we know about the 'Criminal Minds' reboot, including its new name.

The Criminal Minds reboot is definitely alive and well and slated to premiere this fall exclusively on Paramount+ with its new name: Criminal Minds: Evolution.

The start of production was confirmed on Twitter by Joe Mantegna, who stars as David Rossi. He wrote, along with a photo of him on the set: Just doing a little inspection today for an upcoming project. #criminalminds

It was also confirmed by Nicole Clemens, President, Original Scripted Series, Paramount+, who said, “For 15 seasons, Criminal Minds was at the forefront of cutting-edge scripted drama as it explored the psychology behind crime—thrillingly. 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 Messer, the whole cast and creative team are building a season full of new twists that we are sure will electrify audiences.”

This past January at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour Tanya Gills, Chief Programming Officer at ViacomCBS Streaming, told reporters, “We are still very much in development on Criminal Minds. We’ll have more to share soon on that, but it is alive and well.”

Clemens added that the delay of the reboot was “nothing dramatic. There was a transfer. I came in and there was some ramping up of Paramount+. But nothing particular to the project.”

The death knell had been sounded last summer by Paget Brewster, who played Emily Prentiss, when she posted on Twitter: “Sadly, we think it’s dead. I’ll let you know if there is any progress, but it seems unlikely. Which is a bummer.”

Happily, she was wrong. (And she admitted it on Twitter: "When being wrong feels so right...I LOVE IT!")  Here is everything we know so far about the Criminal Minds reboot:

When did Criminal Minds end?

Criminal Minds ended its 15-year run Feb. 19, 2020.

Related: Criminal Minds Ends With Season 15: See the Cast Through the Years

Is Criminal Minds coming back?

Yes! After more than a year of waiting and wondering, we found out the Criminal Minds reboot is "still very much in development," according to Tanya Gills, Chief Programming Officer at ViacomCBS Streaming.

When will Criminal Minds return?

Since the series is still in development, it will probably be late 2022 before it begins streaming, but more likely 2023.

Who will be in the new Criminal Minds cast?

Joe Mantegna
Kirsten Vangsness
A.J. Cook
Paget Brewster
Aisha Tyler 
Adam Rodriguez
Zach Gilford

The plan is to feature a mix of the characters who remained at the BAU at the end of season 15 along with some fresh faces. So far, and this is subject to closing their deals and availability, the six cast members who were in the season 15 finale who are negotiating their return include Joe Mantegna (David Rossi), Kirsten Vangsness (Penelope Garcia), A.J. Cook (Jennifer Jareau), Paget Brewster (Emily Prentiss), Aisha Tyler (Dr. Tara Lewis),  and Adam Rodriguez (Luke Alvez). That leaves Matthew Gray Gubler (Dr. Spencer Reid), who indicated earlier he was done with the role, and Daniel Henney (Matt Simmons), who stars in The Wheel Of Time which films in Prague, as MIA.

Zach Gilford<p>Photo credit: Michael Yarish /Paramount+</p>
Zach Gilford

Photo credit: Michael Yarish /Paramount+

Zach Gilford is set to join the cast as a recurring guest star in a season-long arc. Gilford will play Elias Voit, an operations analyst for a global cyber-security firm who has a dark side and obsession with death.

Also, it will be interesting to see how the return of Vangsness will be handled, because the finale featured a going away party for the tech guru, who was changing jobs to work for a nonprofit but still in the D.C. area.

Erica Messer will also be returning, serving as showrunner, executive producer and writer, so we can count on the same great stories as before.

What will be new about the Criminal Minds reboot?

As CBS did with CSI: Vegas, Paramount+’s reboot of Criminal Minds is expected to be one long case arcing over the season instead of a crime of the week like the series. But it will still follow the profilers who work for the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU), analyzing behavior and profiling to track down the criminals, aka UnSubs (Unknown Subjects), who commit federal crimes.

What happened in the Criminal Minds finale?

The Chameleon was finally killed when the team came up with an intricate plan to blow up their jet with him in it, similar to what John McClane did in Die Hard 2. The good news was that none of the BAU team died in the process. Rossi was injured, but he recovered.

One month later, Rossi hosted a party at his home, which we thought was going to be his retirement party, but instead, it was a going away party for Garcia, who went to work at a nonprofit—and since they were no longer co-workers, Alvez invited her out for dinner—on a date!

Related: From Famous to Philosophical! The 100 Best Quotes from Criminal Minds

Are there any spoilers for the Criminal Minds reboot?

Just in! In the all-new Criminal Minds episodes, the FBI’s elite team of criminal profilers come up against their greatest threat yet, an UnSub 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 our team must hunt them down, one murder at a time.

As they do, TVLine reports that Prentiss’ role as team leader will be challenged by a new deputy director who doesn’t quite share her view on how best to run the BAU.

Also, we would hope to see a reveal of what Garcia wrote in the note she left in her office for her replacement in the series finale. At that time, Messer said, “We want that to be whatever you want it to be.” But that was before the reboot was in motion.

Where can I watch old episodes of Criminal Minds?

There are several options. Of course, Paramount+ has all 15 seasons, Netflix has seasons 1-12, and Hulu has seasons 13-15.

Where will I be able to watch Criminal Minds?

The Criminal Minds reboot is planned exclusively to be streamed on Paramount+.

Next: Criminal Minds Season 15: Is Criminal Minds Ending in 2020?