‘Criminal Minds’ Returns For 10-Episode Season Following A Single Case
In what has to be one of the quickest turnarounds for a “revival” series, ‘Criminal Minds‘ is set to return just over a year after it ended.
The series revolves around an elite team of FBI profilers at the Behavioral Analysis Unit who analyze the country’s most twisted criminal minds, anticipating their next moves before they strike again. What makes the 10-episode revival somewhat different to previous seasons is that it will track a single case across the run, rather than following a weekly case format.
Whilst Paramount+, who is behind the revival, didn’t announce any casting for this new iteration, it is believed that most (if not all) of the team from the final season have been in talks about a possible return. It has also been suggested that some “legacy” characters may appear, alongside new team members, in a similar way to the upcoming ‘CSI: Vegas’ event series on CBS.
The creative team behind the revival is currently being organised, but is believed to be led by longtime showrunner/EP Erica Messer. In addition to the drama, Paramount+ is also working on a companion docuseries called ‘The Real Criminal Minds’, which would feature a former FBI profiler examining real cases, and may possibly be hosted by one of the ‘Criminal Minds’ cast.
‘Criminal Minds’ originally aired for 15 Seasons from 2005 to 2020 on CBS in the USA, and Sky Witness in the UK. Whilst the Paramount+ streaming service is set to launch internationally from March, the only confirmed locations for the expansion outside of the US are Latin American, Canada, the Nordics, and Australia. It is possible the service may come to the UK at some point after that, but at the moment, there is no confirmation. However, if the service doesn’t launch here, it seems extremely likely someone (most likely Sky) would step in to pick up the series. We will have to wait and see though.