Criminal Minds Season 16 Release Date, Spoilers & Update: When It Could Happen, According To Paget Brewster

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What’s going to be called Criminal Minds Season 16 gets an update from star Paget Brewster.

The show went through multiple cast changes during its 15-year run, including major departures from Mandy Patinkin, Shemar Moore, and Thomas Gibson, but it persisted, proving that it was a true ensemble effort.

Fans were both pleased and startled when news of its return came in early 2021. While many of them were overjoyed, it was also surprising that a remake was already in the works not long after Criminal Minds ended.

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Criminal Minds Season 16 update

Brewster, who played Emily Prentiss, the BAU chief, provides an update on the project more than a year later. She says that Criminal Minds Season 16 is quietly progressing behind the scenes in a recent interview with Decider. Pre-production is already in progress, and a licensing arrangement is currently being negotiated.

Brewster said she is hopeful that Paramount+'s Criminal Minds remake would go even if no cast members have signed contracts as of yet.

“....I believe that ABC and CBS are still working out a licensing agreement. They have good faith, I believe, that we will be moving forward,” Brewster shared.

“We’ve been told, ‘Visit your family now, because in a couple of months, it’s not gonna happen.’ So we’re all very confident that it’s going to happen.”

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When to expect Criminal Minds Season 16

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There hasn't been any significant update on the Criminal Minds reboot since it was announced by Paramount+. That was even thought to be dead at one point, but it was eventually debunked. Aside from that, no specific information on the project has been released.

For what it's worth, Brewster's statement isn't enough assurance. She shares encouraging updates on the project, including specific efforts taken to move the Paramount+ revival forward, but also warns fans that until contracts are signed and the first episode of Criminal Minds Season 16 is filmed, there's still a chance it won't happen.

CBS's police procedural lasted 15 years before being canceled in 2020. Criminal Minds, created by Jeff Davis, focuses on the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU), which employs profiling to track down serial killers in the United States.

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Criminal Minds had two spinoffs: Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior and Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders.