Criminal Minds revival is still 'alive and well' at Paramount Plus

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Just months after original Criminal Minds star Paget Brewster called the proposed revival series ‘unlikely,’ it seems the project is still moving forward.

The original Criminal Minds followed the cases from the F.B.I. Behavioral Analysis Unit, who try to anticipate the nation’s deadliest killers before they strike  again.

The show ran for 15 seasons from 2005 to 2020 on CBS, though a revival was first reported in February 2021.

Revival: Just months after original Criminal Minds star Paget Brewster called the proposed revival series'unlikely,' it seems the project is still moving forward.

Revival: Just months after original Criminal Minds star Paget Brewster called the proposed revival series ‘unlikely,’ it seems the project is still moving forward.

A ViacomCBS press release from just days after the initial report stated this project would be, ‘a new scripted series that brings the team back together to investigate a single, fascinating case over 10 episodes.’

While it was believed that many of the original cast members would return, no further details were given, though the show was thrust back into the news in July.

Brewster, 52, who played Emily Prentiss on the hit series, was asked by one of her Twitter followers about the Criminal Minds revival, and basically said it was ‘dead.’

Dead: Brewster, 52, who played Emily Prentiss on the hit series, was asked by one of her Twitter followers about the Criminal Minds revival, and basically said it was'dead'

Dead: Brewster, 52, who played Emily Prentiss on the hit series, was asked by one of her Twitter followers about the Criminal Minds revival, and basically said it was ‘dead’

‘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 said in her tweet.

After media outlets like TVLine ran a story with her tweet, reps for Paramount Plus said the show is, ‘still very much in development.’

Still, there was no further talk of the show until Tuesday, when Deadline got word from a Paramount Plus executive that there will be news on the project soon.

Still in development: After media outlets like TVLine ran a story with her tweet, reps for Paramount Plus said the show is,'still very much in development'

Still in development: After media outlets like TVLine ran a story with her tweet, reps for Paramount Plus said the show is, ‘still very much in development’

‘We are still very much in development on Criminal Minds. We’ll have more to share on that soon but it is alive and well,’ said Nicole Clemens, President, Paramount+ Original Scripted Series.

Clemens took over that position last summer, attributing the delay in Criminal Minds’ development to the executives shuffling at the company, and not because of the quality of the project itself.

After the Deadline report was published, Brewster shared that story on her Twitter, adding, ‘When being wrong feels so right… I LOVE IT!’

Right and wrong: After the Deadline report was published, Brewster shared that story on her Twitter, adding,'When being wrong feels so right… I LOVE IT!'

Right and wrong: After the Deadline report was published, Brewster shared that story on her Twitter, adding, ‘When being wrong feels so right… I LOVE IT!’

The original series was created by Jeff Davis, with a cast that included Matthew Gray Gubler, Kirsten Vangsness, A.J. Cook, Joe Mantegna, Thomas Gibson and Shemar Moore, to name a few.

While all 15 seasons of the original series are available on Paramount Plus, the show’s first 12 seasons are also available to stream on Netflix, where it’s become a top performer.

It was the third most-streamed TV series on Netflix in 2020 with 590 million hours viewed, behind The Office and Grey’s Anatomy, which sparked interest in a revival.

Cast: The original series was created by Jeff Davis, with a cast that included Matthew Gray Gubler, Kirsten Vangsness, A.J. Cook, Joe Mantegna, Thomas Gibson and Shemar Moore, to name a few

Netflix hit: While all 15 seasons of the original series are available on Paramount Plus, the show's first 12 seasons are also available to stream on Netflix, where it's become a top performer

Netflix hit: While all 15 seasons of the original series are available on Paramount Plus, the show’s first 12 seasons are also available to stream on Netflix, where it’s become a top performer

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