Even though it’s just been a year since the BAU took down The Chameleon and sent Garcia on her way, Deadline reports that CBS All Access (formerly known as Paramount+) is already working on bringing back Criminal Minds for season 16. However, at this early point, nothing has been established about the future of the revival, which would technically be a miniseries (including whether or not the reboot will happen).
Fans of Criminal Minds shouldn’t get their hopes up just yet, but the fact that Paramount+ is looking into methods to bring the long-running crime series back makes sense. Since Criminal Minds is one of Netflix’s top-rated licensed shows, it indicates that the show has a global audience. With that in mind, the new streaming service will be able to scan Paramount+’s extensive library for hits.
Executive producer Erica Messer left the door open for future BAU adventures in the series finale, which also helped. It was a weirdly cheerful ending for Criminal Minds, which completed its 15th season with everyone save Garcia expected to remain with the BAU. That implies a revival could conceivably pick off just where the series finale left off, with no time wasted.
When will Criminal Minds season 16 be released?
The premiere date for the 16th season of Criminal Minds is still up in the air. According to TVLine, the project is now in its early phases of development. There are no contracts in place with the cast or the writers as a result of this. As long as CBS Studios and ABC Signature, the show’s two co-producers, can work out the specifics, it may be a year or more before the revival of the show is completed.
Many members of the cast and crew have already gone on to other projects in the year since the series finished. To make sure they have the best possible cast for the resurrection, Paramount+ is likely to want as many of the show’s original stars on board as possible. One of the show’s most prominent stars, who was widely expected to return, has cast doubt on the whole idea of a resurrection. Paget Brewster reported on Twitter that she thought the project was dead at the moment. Paget Brewster.
Even if a creative official at Paramount+ does get the ball rolling again, this isn’t the kind of news you want to hear if you’re a big fan of the series.
Which cast members will return for Criminal Minds season 16?
According to TVLine’s report, the revival’s cast would include both familiar faces and new characters. But again, it’s just too early to know for sure which actors might be game to return for another season of Criminal Minds.
Matthew Gray Gubler (Spencer), A. J. Cook (J.J.), Joe Mantegna (Rossi), Kirsten Vangsness (Garcia), Paget Brewster (Prentiss), Adam Rodriguez (Luke), and Aisha Tyler (Lewis) all appeared in the last season of the show, and they all survived. There’s a fair likelihood at least a percentage of the cast from season 15 will return, but that doesn’t imply all of them will.
Criminal Minds, in contrast to other shows, chose to have its characters stay together rather than go their separate ways at the end of the season. Garcia was the only one to leave the team, and she accepted a job that was within walking distance of her former workplace (besides, Luke asked her out on a date, so even Vangsness’ fan-favorite character might conceivably return).
Shemar Moore, who portrayed Derek Morgan on Criminal Minds from 2005 to 2017 before moving on to star in his own CBS show, S.W.A.T., would be the obvious choice. As a result of some fans being disappointed that Moore did not appear in the season finale, Paramount+’s ability to bring him back for an appearance in any future resurrection seasons might help make this year’s season a must-see for longtime watchers.
Even if we don’t know who accepted the offer from Paramount+, we may expect that a quorum from the old days will return for the upcoming season.
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What would Criminal Minds season 16 be about?
In recent years, television has gotten increasingly serialized, but Criminal Minds’ appeal was based on its ability to keep viewers coming back with an old school case of the week structure. If season 16 is to be a limited series (at least to begin with), it could make sense for the program to focus on one major case with a few lesser unsub side cases tossed in for good measure, but it would be strange for the writers to meddle with the formula now.
Season 16 might also provide the showrunners a chance to experiment with more daring storytelling techniques that didn’t work in the finale. During the season finale, Messer revealed to Entertainment Weekly that the show’s writers had considered including a format-smashing episode, but decided to play it safe because there were only 10 episodes left in the season.
“Our team didn’t just shoot it down when things got out of hand in the room. “OK, how did that happen?” we would ask. There is the possibility of a live episode or… Following the crew, a documentary video crew captures their every move “she explained. In the end, “we were unable to find a method to keep the series loyal to itself.” We ended up investigating some of those.
Criminal Minds’ writers may be able to use some of their out-of-the-box episode concepts in creating a fresh start for the BAU now that season 16 of the show is a possibility.