Criminal Minds Season 16 Release Date, Other Major Details Revealed!

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Paramount+ has finally revealed the release date and other major details for Criminal Minds Season 16, aptly titled Criminal Minds: Evolution. The Behavior Analysis Unit is back to investigate a new case two years after its supposed ending.

The hit CBS procedural series has been revived for another 10-episode season. Unfortunately, not every original cast will return to Criminal Minds Season 16, and only a few fan-favorite characters will be seen.

The Returning Original Characters in Criminal Minds Season 16

Sadly, Matthew Gray Gubler and Daniel Henney, who play Dr. Spencer Reid and Matt Simmons, will not be part of the new season.

Gubler has been a mainstay of the series from the beginning to its supposed end on CBS and even helped direct some episodes, but he will not reprise his role this time.

Simmons, alternatively, has a new show on Amazon Prime Video, The Wheel of Time, so he can’t do Criminal Minds Season 16, per Country Living.

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Fans will still see Joe Mantegna as Senior Supervisory Special Agent David Rossi, Kirsten Vangsness as Technical Analyst Penelope Garcia, and Adam Rodriguez as Special Agent Luke Alvez.

A.J. Cook will join them as Special Agent Jennifer Jareau, Aisha Tyler as the forensic psychologist and Special Agent Tara Lewis, and Paget Brewster as BAU Unit Chief Emily Prentiss.

Criminal Minds Season 16 Plotline

Prentiss will once again lead the BAU on their latest investigation.

According to ScreenRant, the BAU will be tracking OneSub this season. This UnSub has taken advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic to build a network of serial killers.

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So, the group must hunt them all down to find the mastermind before it’s too late.

Aside from the original returning characters, Midnight Mass star Zach Gilford will join Criminal Minds Season 16 in a major role.

Criminal Minds Season 16 Release Date and Other Details

Deadline broke the news about Criminal Minds Season 16’s release date as announced by Paramount+.

Finally, fans will see the BAU return to the small screen on November 24 or Thanksgiving Day in the U.S.

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The first two episodes will be out on the said day, and the subsequent installment will be released weekly.

The show will then go on a brief hiatus after the mid-season finale on December 15 and will return on January 12, running through February 9.

For more Criminal Minds Season 16 news, stay tuned to EpicStream!

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