Criminal Minds: Evolution Season 2: What to Expect

When “Criminal Minds” bid farewell in 2020, it left many fans thinking the Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) was gone for good. However, Paramount+ answered the prayers of fans by giving the green light to “Criminal Minds: Evolution,” a 10-episode revival that brought back beloved characters to solve a season-long crime. Now, all eyes are on “Criminal Minds: Evolution” Season 2. Let’s dive into what we know about the upcoming season.

Renewal Status

Fans were pleasantly surprised when Paramount+ renewed the revival series for a second season in January 2023. This decision was met with enthusiasm, as the transition to streaming had been seamless, and the show continued to perform well.

Tanya Giles, Paramount Streaming chief programming officer, expressed her excitement, stating, “We’re thrilled to bring even more twisted storylines to our loyal fans of Criminal Minds: Evolution with the order of another season.”

Episode Count

While an official episode count for Season 2 hasn’t been confirmed, it’s reasonable to expect a format similar to other Paramount+ shows like “EVIL” and “SEAL Team,” which typically have ten episodes per season. The good news is that Season 1 of “Criminal Minds: Evolution” introduced serialized elements, keeping the show engaging with minimal filler.

Returning Cast

Expect to see familiar faces in Season 2, including Joe Mantegna as SSA David Rossi, Paget Brewster as BAU unit chief Emily Prentiss, A.J. Cook as SSA Jennifer Jareau, Kirsten Vangsness as tech analyst Penelope Garcia, Aisha Tyler as Dr. Tara Lewis, Adam Rodriguez as SSA Luke Alvez, and Josh Stewart as Detective Will LaMontagne.

One exciting return is Zach Gilford as Elias Voit, who was initially expected for just one season but has captured the audience’s attention. Showrunner Erica Messer mentioned a desire to feature Gilford’s character more prominently in Season 2.

As for Matthew Gray Gubler’s Dr. Spencer Reid, his return remains uncertain, but fans hold hope for a surprise appearance by this beloved character. With the show’s rich history, other familiar faces may also make comebacks.

Premiere Date

Filming for Season 2 has faced delays due to strikes in the entertainment industry, including the Writer’s Guild of America Strike and the SAG-AFTRA strike. The production schedule was initially set for April but was postponed to June, with the exact date yet to be determined. The show’s return will depend on resolving these strikes and securing the availability of the cast.

However, based on the series’ past turnaround time, there’s a possibility that it could air early next year if the production progresses smoothly.


As filming hasn’t commenced, there is no trailer available for Season 2. Fans will have to exercise patience until footage becomes available. Nevertheless, the wait is likely to be worth it.

Where to Watch

“Criminal Minds: Evolution” is a Paramount+ original series, meaning it’s available exclusively on the streaming platform. If you don’t have a Paramount+ subscription, the show is also available on DVD for home viewing.

Stay tuned for updates on “Criminal Minds: Evolution” Season 2, and get ready for more gripping crime-solving action with the BAU.

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