Despite the fact that it’s only been a year since the BAU took down The Chameleon and sent Garcia on her way, Deadline reports that CBS All Access (previously known as Paramount+) is already working on bringing back Criminal Minds for season 16. However, at this early stage, nothing has been confirmed about the future of the revival, which would technically be a miniseries (including whether or not the reboot will actually happen).
For now, Criminal Minds fans shouldn’t get too excited about the project, but it’s understandable that Paramount+ is looking into ways to bring back the popular crime series. Criminal Minds is one of Netflix’s most popular licenced series, according to Deadline, indicating that it has a wide audience appeal. As Paramount+ looks for ways to mine its library for hits, this makes it an important asset for the new streaming service.
Erica Messer, the show’s executive producer, left the door open for future BAU adventures in the series finale. No one on the main team died, and everyone but Garcia was going to stay with the BAU at the end of the show’s 15-season run. That means that a possible revival could theoretically pick up where the finale left off.
Release date for the upcoming sixteenth season of Criminal Minds
Criminal Minds season 16 premiere date is still unconfirmed at this time.
On February 19, 2021, TVLine published a report stating the development of the project is in its infancy at this time. This means that no contracts have been signed yet with the actors or writers. Variety reports that if Paramount+ and the show’s co-producers, CBS Films and ABC Signature, can work out the kinks, the revival will take a year or more to be realised.
As recently as a year ago, many members of the cast and crew had already moved on to new projects. It’s safe to assume that Paramount+ will make every effort to recast the show’s main characters, given that the revival is being sold to fans as a continuation. It was shocking to learn that one of the series’ most important stars had withdrawn his support for a revival, despite expectations that he would return. On Twitter, Paget Brewster announced that the project was no longer alive at the time of this writing.
There’s still a chance that some enterprising Paramount+ executive will revive the project, but it’s not exactly the kind of news that fans want to hear.
Several of the show’s most recent regular cast members have been rumoured to be returning.
It has been confirmed by Deadline that Joe Mantegna and Adam Rodriguez will reprise their roles as David Rossi (Aisha Tyler), Luke Alvez (Aisha Tyler), Tara Lewis (Kirsten Vangsness), JJ Jareau (A. J. Cook), and Emily Prentiss (Paget Brewster) for the show’s revival season. It’s important to note, however, that their refunds are subject to availability and that their contracts haven’t yet been signed.
It would be an impressive start for the reboot if all six actors returned as rumored, bringing together much of the cast as it was in the 15th season of “Criminal Minds” (per IMDb). In spite of this, “Criminal Minds” will likely have to continue on its own without a few of its most recognizable faces.
Former cast member Thomas Gibson was one of the show’s best-remembered former cast members, playing Aaron Hotchner for the show’s first 12 seasons before being fired in 2016 after an argument with a staff writer (per Entertainment Weekly). On CBS’ “S.W.A.T.”, Lola Glaudini’s character Elle Greenaway left the show after she resigned from the FBI, which left the door open for her to return. As for Matthew Gray Gubler, he continues to work in the film industry, which leaves the possibility of him returning to the role of Spencer Reid in doubt
The Official Trailer for Criminal Minds: Season 16
Season 16 of Criminal Minds has yet to be announced, and as a result, no trailer has been released. However, you can view the season 15 trailer below.