‘Criminal Minds’ Revival from Paramount Plus Is ‘Dead’

by John Jamison
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The past few months have been an emotional rollercoaster for “Criminal Minds” fans. The hit crime drama enjoyed long-term success, with more than 300 episodes airing since 2005. It all came to an end in 2020, however. And in February 2021, it was announced that Paramount Plus was working on a reboot. But now, it’s looking like the revival may have fallen by the wayside.

Emily Prentiss actress Paget Brewster has been involved with “Criminal Minds” since 2006. Over the years, she has appeared in nearly 200 episodes of the show. When an eager fan asked her about the progress of the “Criminal Minds” revival, however, Brewster had bad news.

“No, and sadly, we think it’s dead.I’ll let you know if there is any progress but it seems unlikely. Which is a bummer,” Brewster replied.

Fans of the hit CBS show loved watching the team of FBI Behavioral Analysis Unit profilers get inside the minds of the worst criminals imaginable.

“Criminal Minds” was created by Jeff Davis, who was also signed on to the revival show as executive producer. There was never any word on which, if any, members of the original cast would have returned for the Paramount Plus version of the show. But the original “Criminal Minds” featured stars including Aisha Tyler, Joe Mantegna, Thomas Gibson, Matthew Gray Gubler, and Shemar Moore. And, of course, Paget Brewster.

Due to its success, “Criminal Minds” gave birth to two separate spinoffs. Both of these shows were short-lived. But they each had a surprising amount of star power attached. “Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior” lasted for a single season in 2011 and was led by Forest Whitaker. Years later, they tried again with “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders.” The show lasted for two seasons and was led by Gary Sinise.

The ‘Criminal Minds’ Revival May Have Been Overshadowed by Other Paramount Plus Titles

There is no official comment from Paramount Plus on the status of the “Criminal Minds” reboot. But we know for a fact that the streaming platform is busy with several completely new shows.

Namely, the prequel spin-off of Taylor Sheridan’s hit series “Yellowstone.” With the massive success Paramount Plus found in “Yellowstone,” they are already hard at work building the title out into a franchise with “Y:1883.” Further, the platform has plans for another “Yellowstone” spin-off, “6666,” which will reportedly be set in Texas.

ViacomCBS has thrown most of its eggs in the Sheridan basket. The talented writer/director/producer now has six active show titles to his name. And it doesn’t seem like a bad strategy, considering the “Yellowstone” Season 3 finale drew the most viewership of any cable program in 2020. Now, fans are ripping their hair out as they wait for Season 4.

Perhaps Paramount Plus just doesn’t see the same value in a new “Criminal Minds” title.