It turns out Criminal Minds: Evolution is a pretty apt title for the Paramount+ follow-up to the fan-favorite CBS drama Criminal Minds. Because when the audience reunites with the beloved FBI Behavior Analysis Unit (BAU), they are coming across a new wave of serial killer. See a sneak peek at the season in the just-released trailer, below.
As you can see in the trailer, the crimes of Criminal Minds: Evolution will be two-fold: On one side of the story is a season-long arc about a prolific and thus-far uncaptured killer (played by Zach Gilford) who has been active since 2005. Part of the team finds the bodies he has racked up and preserved, but they can't devote full resources to finding him when there are other "of the week" cases to chase. And they are connected.
As David (Joe Mantegna) explains in the trailer, the COVID-19 pandemic forced these killers to shelter in place, just as it did their potential victims, so they had to (excuse the obvious word choice here) evolve. They began communicating with each other and created a social network of sorts to help each other be better at their crimes for when the world reopened. And now the profilers are out to stop as many of them as they can.
In addition to Mantegna, original Criminal Minds cast members also starring in this new season include A.J. Cook, Kirsten Vangsness, Aisha Tyler, Adam Rodriguez, and Paget Brewster.
Showrunner Erica Messer executive produces and writes alongside Breen Frazier and Chris Barbour, with Glenn Kershaw serving as director and executive producer and Mark Gordon serving as executive producer. The show is produced by ABC Signature and CBS Studios.
Criminal Minds: Evolution will premiere the first two episodes of its 10-episode season Nov. 24 on Paramount+ with the first episode also airing on CBS that night.