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Criminal Minds returning for 'real this time' to Paramount+

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Many fans had prayed and hoped that another season of Criminal Minds would somehow find its way to their screens, and its seems their wishes have been answered with Paramount+ ordering season 16.

The streamer is reviving the series, with reports also claiming that the majority of the original cast is set tot reprise their former roles.

According to the streamer, the upcoming revival — which TVLine reported Wednesday, has received a 10-episode series order— will find the team battling “their greatest threat yet — an UnSub who has used the pandemic to build a network of other serial killers.”

The team in question includes veteran cast members Joe Mantegna (David), A.J. Cook (JJ), Kirsten Vangsness (Penelope), Aisha Tyler (Tara), Adam Rodriguez (Luke), and Paget Brewster (Emily). But as per previous reports, Matthew Gray Gubler and Daniel Henney will not be reprising their roles as Spencer and Matt, respectively.

Longtime Criminal Minds showrunner/EP Erica Messer will be back to oversee the revival, with Breen Frazier and Chris Barbour returning as writers/executive producers.