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Criminal Minds: Evolution
Season 16
Criminal Minds, Evolution.Logo.jpg
Logo for the sixteenth season
Starring
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes3
Release
Original network
Original releaseNovember 24, 2022 (2022-11-24) –
present (present)
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Season 15
List of episodes

The sixteenth season of the American police procedural crime drama television series Criminal Minds subtitled Evolution follows members of the Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) as they are faced with a network of serial killers built during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is a revival of the 2005 television series, which ended in 2020.[1] The season premiered on November 24, 2022, on Paramount+ in the United States[2] and on November 25, 2022, on Disney+ internationally.

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Police procedural

Police procedural

The police show, or police crime drama, is a subgenre of procedural drama and detective fiction that emphasizes the investigative procedure of a police officer or department as the protagonist(s), as contrasted with other genres that focus on either a private detective, an amateur investigator or the characters who are the targets of investigations. While many police procedurals conceal the criminal's identity until the crime is solved in the narrative climax, others reveal the perpetrator's identity to the audience early in the narrative, making it an inverted detective story. Whatever the plot style, the defining element of a police procedural is the attempt to accurately depict the profession of law enforcement, including such police-related topics as forensic science, autopsies, gathering evidence, search warrants, interrogation and adherence to legal restrictions and procedure.

Crime film

Crime film

Crime films, in the broadest sense, is a film genre inspired by and analogous to the crime fiction literary genre. Films of this genre generally involve various aspects of crime and its detection. Stylistically, the genre may overlap and combine with many other genres, such as drama or gangster film, but also include comedy, and, in turn, is divided into many sub-genres, such as mystery, suspense or noir.

Criminal Minds

Criminal Minds

Criminal Minds is an American police procedural crime drama television series created and produced by Jeff Davis. The series premiered on CBS on September 22, 2005, and originally concluded on February 19, 2020; it was revived in 2022. It follows a group of criminal profilers who work for the FBI as members of its Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU), using behavioral analysis and profiling to investigate crimes and find the unsub, the team's term for perpetrators. The show tells the story of the team as they work various cases and tackle their personal struggles.

Behavioral Analysis Unit

Behavioral Analysis Unit

The Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) is a department of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime (NCAVC) that uses behavioral analysts to assist in criminal investigations. The mission of the NCAVC and the BAU is to provide behavioral based investigative and/or operational support by applying case experience, research, and training to complex and time-sensitive crimes, typically involving acts or threats of violence.

COVID-19 pandemic in the United States

COVID-19 pandemic in the United States

The COVID-19 pandemic in the United States is a part of the worldwide pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). In the United States, it has resulted in 98,673,988 confirmed cases with 1,079,870 all-time deaths, the most of any country, and the twentieth-highest per capita worldwide. The COVID-19 pandemic ranks first on the list of disasters in the United States by death toll; it was the third-leading cause of death in the U.S. in 2020, behind heart disease and cancer. From 2019 to 2020, U.S. life expectancy dropped by 3 years for Hispanic and Latino Americans, 2.9 years for African Americans, and 1.2 years for white Americans. These effects have persisted as U.S. deaths due to COVID-19 in 2021 exceeded those in 2020.

Paramount+

Paramount+

Paramount+ is an American subscription video on-demand service owned by Paramount Global. The service's content is drawn primarily from the libraries of CBS Media Ventures, Paramount Media Networks, and Paramount Pictures, while also including original series and films, live streaming sports coverage, and in the U.S., live streaming of local CBS broadcast stations.

Disney+

Disney+

Disney+ is an American subscription video on-demand over-the-top streaming service owned and operated by the Media and Entertainment Distribution division of The Walt Disney Company. The service primarily distributes films and television series produced by The Walt Disney Studios and Walt Disney Television, with dedicated content hubs for the brands Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic, as well as Star in some regions. Original films and television series are also distributed on Disney+.

Cast

Main

Recurring

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Joe Mantegna

Joe Mantegna

Joseph Anthony Mantegna is an American actor.

A. J. Cook

A. J. Cook

Andrea Joy Cook is a Canadian actress. She is best known for her role as Supervisory Special Agent Jennifer "JJ" Jareau on the CBS crime drama Criminal Minds. Cook has also appeared in The Virgin Suicides (1999), Higher Ground (2000), Ripper (2001), Out Cold (2001), Final Destination 2 (2003), and Tru Calling (2003–2004).

Kirsten Vangsness

Kirsten Vangsness

Kirsten Simone Vangsness is an American actress and writer. She is best known for her portrayal of FBI Technical Analyst Penelope Garcia on the CBS drama series Criminal Minds. She portrayed the same character on the spin-off series Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior and Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders.

Aisha Tyler

Aisha Tyler

Aisha Nilaja Tyler is an American actress, comedian, director, and talk show host. She is known for playing Andrea Marino in the first season of Ghost Whisperer, Dr. Tara Lewis in Criminal Minds, Mother Nature in The Santa Clause films, and voicing Lana Kane in Archer, as well as recurring roles on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Talk Soup, and Friends.

Adam Rodriguez

Adam Rodriguez

Adam Michael Rodriguez is an American actor, screenwriter and director. He became known for his role as Eric Delko on CSI: Miami. He portrayed Task Force Agent Luke Alvez in Criminal Minds.

Paget Brewster

Paget Brewster

Paget Valerie Brewster is an American actress and singer. She was first recognized for her recurring role as Kathy on the fourth season of the NBC sitcom Friends. Her breakthrough role came as FBI Supervisory Special Agent Emily Prentiss on the CBS crime drama Criminal Minds. She was a regular cast member on the series from 2006 to 2012, then made two guest appearances before returning as a regular in 2016.

Zach Gilford

Zach Gilford

Zachary Michael Gilford is an American actor, known for his role as Matt Saracen on the NBC sports drama series Friday Night Lights. In 2021, he starred in the Netflix horror limited series Midnight Mass. In 2022, he appeared in the horror mystery-thriller series The Midnight Club.

Josh Stewart

Josh Stewart

Joshua Regnall Stewart is an American actor who is best known for his role as Holt McLaren in the FX TV series Dirt and as Detective William LaMontagne, Jr., on the CBS series Criminal Minds. He was also cast as Brendan Finney in the final season of the NBC TV series Third Watch and as Barsad in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises. Other roles include War Machine and a major antagonist in Netflix's The Punisher (2019).

Nicholas D'Agosto

Nicholas D'Agosto

Nicholas D'Agosto is an American actor, best known for featuring in Final Destination 5, Heroes and The Office. He starred in the Showtime series Masters of Sex and the Fox series Gotham.

Kiele Sanchez

Kiele Sanchez

Kiele Michelle Sanchez is an American actress who starred in the A&E Network drama The Glades. Previously, she had starred as Anne Sorelli in The WB comedy-drama Related and as Nikki Fernandez on the main cast in the third season of the ABC television drama series Lost. She also starred in the DirecTV drama series Kingdom on the Audience Network.

Episodes

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten by [7]Original release date
3251"Just Getting Started"Nelson McCormickErica MesserNovember 24, 2022 (2022-11-24)
When a teenage girl is abducted from her Bethesda, Maryland home and her parents are killed, the BAU believes the same perpetrator killed a family of four in Alexandria, Virginia. Meanwhile, Lewis investigates a number of bodies that were found in a Yakima County, Washington storage container, and developments in the abduction case bring former analyst Penelope Garcia back into the fold.
3262"Sicarius"Nelson McCormickBreen FrazierNovember 24, 2022 (2022-11-24)
When two men in the Washington, D.C. area are killed with their spinal cords severed and both men are found to be "bulls" in cuckoldry, the team tries to find the killer. Meanwhile, the team discovers that this case and the last are connected to a serial killer network led by a man dubbed "Sicarius," and Lewis's girlfriend informs the team that the Department of Justice is trying to disband them.
3273"Moose"Joe MantegnaMatthew LauDecember 1, 2022 (2022-12-01)
As the BAU attempts to find the remaining kill kits, they try to locate a former army specialist who they believe is planning to detonate an incendiary device in a Washington, D.C. park. While trying to find him, the BAU comes into conflict with the FBI's domestic terrorism unit.
3284"Pay-Per-View"[8]TBAChristopher BarbourDecember 8, 2022 (2022-12-08)
3295"Oedipus Wrecks"[8]Sharat RajuJayne A. ArcherDecember 15, 2022 (2022-12-15)
3306"True Conviction"[8]TBAChikodili AgwunaJanuary 12, 2023 (2023-01-12)
3317"Pieces of Me"[8]Aisha Tyler[9]Sullivan FitzgeraldJanuary 19, 2023 (2023-01-19)
3328"Pas De Deux"[8]TBATBAJanuary 26, 2023 (2023-01-26)
3339TBATBATBAFebruary 2, 2023 (2023-02-02)
33410TBATBATBAFebruary 9, 2023 (2023-02-09)

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List of Criminal Minds episodes

List of Criminal Minds episodes

Criminal Minds is a police procedural that debuted on CBS on September 22, 2005. The series follows a team of profilers from the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) based in Quantico, Virginia. The BAU is part of the FBI National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime. The show differs from many procedural dramas by focusing on profiling the criminal, called the unsub or "unknown subject", rather than the crime itself. The series follows special agents Dr. Spencer Reid, Jennifer "JJ" Jareau, Penelope Garcia, Emily Prentiss, David Rossi, Dr. Tara Lewis, Luke Alvez, and Matt Simmons as they try to profile the unsub. Other former characters are Elle Greenaway, Jason Gideon, Jordan Todd, Ashley Seaver, Dr. Alex Blake, Kate Callahan, Derek Morgan, Aaron Hotchner and Stephen Walker.

Nelson McCormick (director)

Nelson McCormick (director)

Nelson McCormick is an American director and producer of film and television.

Erica Messer

Erica Messer

Erica Messer is an American television writer, producer, and story editor. She has written episodes of television series such as Alias, The O.C., Charmed, and Criminal Minds. She has also co-produced two television shows: Charmed and Criminal Minds, as well as acting as a story editor on Alias and executive story editor on The O.C.

Bethesda, Maryland

Bethesda, Maryland

Bethesda is an unincorporated, census-designated place in southern Montgomery County, Maryland, United States, located just northwest of Washington, D.C. It takes its name from a local church, the Bethesda Meeting House, which in turn took its name from Jerusalem's Pool of Bethesda. The National Institutes of Health's main campus and the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center are in Bethesda, in addition to a number of corporate and government headquarters.

Alexandria, Virginia

Alexandria, Virginia

Alexandria is an independent city in the northern region of the Commonwealth of Virginia. It lies on the western bank of the Potomac River approximately 7 miles (11 km) south of downtown Washington, D.C.

Yakima County, Washington

Yakima County, Washington

Yakima County is a county in the U.S. state of Washington. As of the 2020 census, its population was 256,728. The county seat and largest city is Yakima. The county was formed out of Ferguson County in January 1865 and is named for the Yakama tribe of Native Americans.

Breen Frazier

Breen Frazier

Breen Frazier is a freelance writer best known for his work on the television series Alias, which he began writing for during its second season. Additionally Frazier wrote an Alias prequel novel entitled Infiltration as well as the animated short, Animated Alias: Tribunal, a story set between seasons two and three of Alias. Frazier also wrote the story for the 2004 video game, Alias.

Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C., formally the District of Columbia, also known as just Washington or simply D.C., is the capital city and federal district of the United States. It is located on the east bank of the Potomac River, which forms its southwestern and southern border with the U.S. state of Virginia, and it shares a land border with the U.S. state of Maryland on its other sides. The city was named for George Washington, a Founding Father and the first president of the United States, and the federal district is named after Columbia, the female personification of the nation. As the seat of the U.S. federal government and several international organizations, the city is an important world political capital. It is one of the most visited cities in the U.S. with over 20 million annual visitors as of 2016.

Joe Mantegna

Joe Mantegna

Joseph Anthony Mantegna is an American actor.

Aisha Tyler

Aisha Tyler

Aisha Nilaja Tyler is an American actress, comedian, director, and talk show host. She is known for playing Andrea Marino in the first season of Ghost Whisperer, Dr. Tara Lewis in Criminal Minds, Mother Nature in The Santa Clause films, and voicing Lana Kane in Archer, as well as recurring roles on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Talk Soup, and Friends.

Production

Development

In February 2021, a revival series and the sixteenth season of Criminal Minds was announced to be in early development at Paramount+ with 10 episodes planned.[10][11] In February 2022, the series was confirmed to be still in development.[12] Paramount+ officially gave a series order in July 2022.[13] The official title of the new series was revealed in September 2022.[1]

Casting

Most of the main cast of the last season of the previous series returned, with the exception of Matthew Gray Gubler and Daniel Henney.[13] On September 4, 2022, Josh Stewart confirmed he would reprise his role as Will LaMontagne Jr.[3] On September 9, 2022, Zach Gilford was cast in a recurring role.[1]

Filming

Filming began in August 2022.[14] In September 2022, Joe Mantegna announced that he would be directing an episode this season.[15] Later that month, it was confirmed that A. J. Cook, Aisha Tyler and Adam Rodriguez would also be directing episodes this season.[16]

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Paramount+

Paramount+

Paramount+ is an American subscription video on-demand service owned by Paramount Global. The service's content is drawn primarily from the libraries of CBS Media Ventures, Paramount Media Networks, and Paramount Pictures, while also including original series and films, live streaming sports coverage, and in the U.S., live streaming of local CBS broadcast stations.

Matthew Gray Gubler

Matthew Gray Gubler

Matthew Gray Gubler is an American actor, filmmaker, fashion model, painter, illustrator, director, and author. He is best known for his role as criminal profiler Dr. Spencer Reid in the CBS television show Criminal Minds, for which he directed several episodes. Gubler has appeared in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, (500) Days of Summer, Life After Beth, Suburban Gothic, and Newness. He was also the voice of Simon in Alvin and the Chipmunks and its three sequels.

Daniel Henney

Daniel Henney

Daniel Phillip Henney is an American actor and model. He first came into international prominence with his television debut as Dr. Henry Kim on the Korean drama My Lovely Sam Soon (2005).

Josh Stewart

Josh Stewart

Joshua Regnall Stewart is an American actor who is best known for his role as Holt McLaren in the FX TV series Dirt and as Detective William LaMontagne, Jr., on the CBS series Criminal Minds. He was also cast as Brendan Finney in the final season of the NBC TV series Third Watch and as Barsad in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises. Other roles include War Machine and a major antagonist in Netflix's The Punisher (2019).

Zach Gilford

Zach Gilford

Zachary Michael Gilford is an American actor, known for his role as Matt Saracen on the NBC sports drama series Friday Night Lights. In 2021, he starred in the Netflix horror limited series Midnight Mass. In 2022, he appeared in the horror mystery-thriller series The Midnight Club.

A. J. Cook

A. J. Cook

Andrea Joy Cook is a Canadian actress. She is best known for her role as Supervisory Special Agent Jennifer "JJ" Jareau on the CBS crime drama Criminal Minds. Cook has also appeared in The Virgin Suicides (1999), Higher Ground (2000), Ripper (2001), Out Cold (2001), Final Destination 2 (2003), and Tru Calling (2003–2004).

Aisha Tyler

Aisha Tyler

Aisha Nilaja Tyler is an American actress, comedian, director, and talk show host. She is known for playing Andrea Marino in the first season of Ghost Whisperer, Dr. Tara Lewis in Criminal Minds, Mother Nature in The Santa Clause films, and voicing Lana Kane in Archer, as well as recurring roles on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Talk Soup, and Friends.

Adam Rodriguez

Adam Rodriguez

Adam Michael Rodriguez is an American actor, screenwriter and director. He became known for his role as Eric Delko on CSI: Miami. He portrayed Task Force Agent Luke Alvez in Criminal Minds.

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  1. ^ a b c Petski, Denise (September 9, 2022). "'Criminal Minds' Revival Gets Title; Zach Gilford to Recur in Paramount+ Series". Deadline. Retrieved September 9, 2022.
  2. ^ Rice, Lynette (September 21, 2022). "Criminal Minds: Evolution Announces Premiere Date On Paramount+". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 21, 2022.
  3. ^ a b "Josh Stewart on Twitter: "Yeah I'll be there"". Twitter. Retrieved September 15, 2022.
  4. ^ Cordero, Rosy (November 11, 2022). "'Criminal Minds: Evolution' Adds Nicole Pacent In Recurring Role". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 16, 2022.
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  14. ^ "Joe Mantegna on Instagram: 'Day 2 of filming, we're back! #criminalminds #davidrossi #paparossi #criminalmindscast #paramountplus #criminalmindsfan #cbs #wheelsup #instgramreels #viralreels #television #streaming'". Instagram. Retrieved August 12, 2022.
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  16. ^ Criminal Minds: Evolution [@criminalminds] (September 21, 2022). "Confirmed: @JoeMantegna, @ajcookofficial, @aishatyler, & @_Adam_Rodriguez will all be directing episodes this season! #TCA22 #CriminalMinds" (Tweet). Retrieved September 23, 2022 – via Twitter.

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