When Will the Criminal Minds Season 16 Be Released?

According to Deadline, Paramount+ (now known as CBS All Access) is in the early stages of restarting Criminal Minds for season 16. It's only been a year since the BAU took down The Chameleon before sending Garcia off to start the next chapter of her career. Technically, the revival would be a miniseries with the possibility of more seasons in the future, but nothing has been confirmed at this time (including whether or not the reboot will actually happen).

Fans of Criminal Minds shouldn't get too excited just yet, since the project is still in its early stages, but it's understandable that Paramount+ would be looking into methods to bring the long-running crime series back. Criminal Minds is one of the most popular licenced programmes streaming on Netflix, according to Deadline, indicating that it has a global audience. As Paramount+ searches for ways to mine its archive for hits, this makes it a significant asset for the new streaming service.

It also helps that executive producer Erica Messer left the door open in the series conclusion for further BAU escapades. Criminal Minds ended on an oddly joyful note after 15 seasons: not only did none of the main characters die, but everyone save Garcia was set to stay with the BAU. As a result, a prospective revival could conceivably pick up just where the finale left off.

What Would the 16th Season of Criminal Minds Be About?

In recent years, television has gotten increasingly serialised, but part of Criminal Minds' appeal was its ability to keep viewers returning with an old-school case of the week structure. It would be strange for the writers to deviate from the pattern today, but if Season 16 turns out to be a limited series (at least at first), it might make sense for the programme to focus on one major case with a few lesser unsub side cases tossed in for good measure.

Season 16 could also provide the writers a chance to experiment with riskier styles of storytelling that didn't work in the previous season. Messer told Entertainment Weekly shortly after the finale aired that the writers had played with the notion of putting a format-smashing episode in the final season, but decided against it because there were only 10 episodes left.

“We didn't just shoot down the ridiculous stuff that was flung about the room. ‘OK, how could that happen?' we'd say. The concept of a live episode, or whatever you want to name it. … a documentary video crew trailing behind the crew, “she stated “We looked into a few of them, but we couldn't find a way to stay faithful to the series in the end.”

However, now that Season 16 of Criminal Minds is a possibility, the writers may be able to use some of their more unusual episode ideas while creating a fresh start for the BAU.

Which Cast Members Will Return for Season 16 of Criminal Minds?

The revival's roster would include both famous faces and new characters, according to TVLine. But, once again, it's far too early to say who could be interested in returning for another season of Criminal Minds.

Matthew Gray Gubler (Spencer), A. J. Cook (J.J.), Joe Mantegna (Rossi), Kirsten Vangsness (Garcia), Paget Brewster (Prentiss), Adam Rodriguez (Luke), and Aisha Tyler (Lewis) were among the cast members of the show's last season. That isn't to say that all of the performers would agree to return, but it does indicate that at least a section of the season 15 cast would be involved. While some episodes end with the characters going their separate ways, Criminal Minds took the opposite approach. Garcia was the only member of the team to leave, and she took a position near her previous office (also, Luke asked her out on a date, thus Vangsness' fan favourite character may conceivably return).

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Shemar Moore, who played Derek Morgan on Criminal Minds from 2005 to 2017 before leaving to star in his own CBS drama, S.W.A.T., is the real deal. Some fans were disappointed that Moore didn't appear in the conclusion (aside from archival material), but if Paramount+ can convince Moore to return for a cameo in the next revival, it will go a long way toward making the new season a must-see for longstanding fans.

Brewster stated in a recent interview with ComicBook.com that every cast member from seasons 12-15 has been invited to return for the next season, so while we don't know who accepted the offer from Paramount+, we may expect for a quorum from the good old days to report for duty.

When Will the 16th Season of Criminal Minds Be Released?

For the time being, the debut date for Criminal Minds season 16 is still unknown. According to TVLine, the idea is still in its early phases of development as of February 19, 2021. As a result, no agreements have been reached with the cast or writers. If Paramount+ and the show's co-producers, CBS Studios and ABC Signature, can iron out the technicalities, the revival will most likely take a year or more to complete.

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Despite the fact that the series concluded barely a year ago, several members of the cast and crew have gone on to new projects. And, given the resurrection appears to be positioned as a continuation of the series, Paramount+ will no doubt want to bring on as many of the show's main players as possible. One of the series' primary stars, who was rumoured to be returning, recently poured cold water on the idea of a revival. Paget Brewster came to Twitter at the time to say she thought the project was gone.

That doesn't rule out the possibility that some enterprising executive at Paramount+ would resurrect the project, but it's not the kind of news you want to hear if you're a fan.


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