Criminal Minds: Evolution Season 2 is not coming in July

Criminal Minds: Evolution Season 2 is not coming in July
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Attention readers! More chilling cases are officially on the way! Here is everything we know about Criminal Minds: Evolution Season 2

The first season’s finale cliffhanger was massive, which has left so much anticipation building among the fans for months since its premiere, as they are now on the edge of their seats and waiting for any updates on what promises to be another thrilling season of this beloved police procedural crime drama series. Due to this, the viewers have been anticipating whether the season will resume its run, with the second season making its comeback on Paramount+ in July 2023 or not. 

So, if you are one of them, then you’ve come to the right spot! We have compiled all the necessary information for you to get a head start on the forthcoming season, which includes information about the potential release date and other crucial details. Hence, it’s time to buckle up and get ready for a rollercoaster of a ride that you won’t forget anytime soon. Continue reading to find out about all the latest updates on Criminal Minds: Evolution Season 2.

Criminal Minds: Evolution Season 2 is not coming in July

Criminal Minds: Evolution Season 2 Release Date: When will it premiere on Paramount+? 

Firstly, we regret to inform the readers that the highly anticipated second season of “Criminal Minds: Evolution” will not be available to stream anytime soon, and certainly not in July 2023! 

We can say this with some assurance because the show’s makers haven’t provided an official release date, even though the next season’s production was previously expected to start later this year. But right now, it looks like the chances of the shoot beginning anytime soon are minimal, with one of the reasons being the 2023 Writers Guild of America strike, which is an ongoing labor dispute between the Writers Guild of America, which represents 11,500 screenwriters, and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers.

Moreover, there are no scripts for the new episodes written so far, due to which there is no assurance that production can begin immediately once the strike concludes, as it will require more time for the writers to create some great scripts for the project, which is going to take a while! Additionally, Paget Brewster revealed to TVLine that it may be some time before production picks up for season 2.

According to the outlet, the popular show was expected to start in early spring, but it might not be the case anymore with the rise of ongoing hurdles in the production quote: 

“Winter might be a bit optimistic since a well-placed source tells TVLine that the start of production — originally penciled in for April, and then pushed to June — is now ‘TBD,’ due to the Writer’s Guild of America strike,” the report reads. In conclusion, it’s unlikely that Criminal Minds: Evolution Season 2 will premiere in 2023, and the network might soon release a revised schedule indicating that the show might make its official comeback sometime around 2024 only if the strike isn’t able to get resolved within the next few months.

So, we urge readers to just wait and see what the future holds! As any updates relating to this subject is still just pure conjecture, as no comment about it has been made by the verified source. Hence, we recommend readers follow the official social handles to catch up with all the new updates and developments whenever they are published. Meanwhile, check out the official renewal announcement as shared on the official show’s Instagram handle, quoting, “Wheels up for another season!!! #CriminalMinds”

Criminal Minds: Evolution Season 2 Plot: What to expect?

Even though there were no further announcements regarding the plot, we expect the series to continue the premise that it established with the prior season!

Criminal Minds: Evolution is a revival and sequel of the original television series, which ended in 2020, and follows members of the Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) as they are faced with a network of serial killers built during the pandemic. The show is an expansion of the original CBS series, which in the current season showcases the FBI’s elite team of criminal profilers coming up against an UnSub who has used the pandemic to build a network of other serial killers. As the world opens back up and the network goes operational, the team must hunt them down, one murder at a time.

Criminal Minds: Evolution Season 2 is not coming in July

Moreover, the series’ much-awaited second season will also be expected to pick up elements from the first season’s final episode, “Dead End,” which was written by Chris Barbour and directed by Glenn Kershaw. In the finale, the viewers get to see that Voit has Rossi in his grip and comes up against the limits of his technical knowledge and mental strength. The BAU is increasingly getting a grip on Voit as he shows how far he is willing to go with his deadly practices.

The original cast members continuing their roles include Joe Mantegna as David Rossi, AJ Cook as Jennifer “JJ” Jareau, Kirsten Vangsness as Penelope Garcia, Aisha Tyler as Dr. Tara Lewis, Adam Rodriguez as Luke Alvez, and Paget Brewster as Emily Prentiss. Zach Gilford and Josh Stewart also joined the cast as recurring guest stars in a season-long arc. Criminal Minds: Evolution is produced by ABC Signature and CBS Studios. Messer serves as showrunner and executive producer, with Breen Frazier, Chris Barbour, Glenn Kershaw, and Mark Gordon also executive producing.

“We’re thrilled to bring even more twisted storylines to our loyal fans of Criminal Minds: Evolution with the order of another season,” said Tanya Giles, chief programming officer of Paramount Streaming, in a statement. “The series has always been a consistent top performer for Paramount+ and fans have quickly embraced this new season with its more serialized elements. There are still many dark twists and turns yet to come for the BAU this season and we can’t wait for fans to see what’s in store.”

Criminal Minds: Evolution Season 2 is not coming in July

*Potential Spoilers* 

The showrunner Erica Messer recently revealed that Voit would be a twisted resource for the team in Season 2, quote: “The plan is to have Voit back next season almost as our Hannibal Lecter. And when things come up regarding Gold Star is when we have to go get his help,” Messer said in an interview with Entertainment WeeklyAlso, stating, “We would love nothing more than for that to work out, but it won’t be easy.” 

The showrunner also teased some relationship drama up ahead, including a potential love triangle for Penelope, Alvez, and Tyler, quote, “There can be a little bit more of a triangle than we’ve ever really done on the show, in terms of the members being in relationships,” Messer told Variety. “We also didn’t want to deny Garcia and Tyler this bond because it does feel special and real.” Looking at these statements, we’ll just have to wait and see what decision the show creators will take as the best consideration for the second season!

Criminal Minds: Evolution Season 2 Episode Count: Where to stream them?

The season is expected to consist of 10 episodes, just to be consistent with the first season. Of course, we would also like to stress the fact that the ongoing WGA strike that was discussed earlier might drastically affect the series’ fate, as it can be canceled altogether if the production gets delayed further. Until we get any confirmation, we’ll just have to pray and hope for the best outcome.

In addition to this, Messer also teased TV Line, “In the first four episodes so far, two are a little bit serial, and the other two are not.”

On the other hand, the season is available to stream on Paramount+ in the U.S. and on Disney+ in other regions, with other series of the same genre also accessible on the streaming platform with a range of membership options. Paramount+ is an American subscription video-on-demand service owned by Paramount Global, for which you can watch thousands of episodes of your favorite shows on any device. 

Criminal Minds: Evolution Season 2 is not coming in July

Criminal Minds: Evolution Season 2: Is there any official promo available?

The network hasn’t released any teasers for the second season, as the filming hasn’t even begun, which leaves a lot of time for such a promotion to begin! So, we urge readers to revisit the first season, which showcases “The BAU returning to tackle their biggest case ever, and the deeper they dig, the darker it gets as the members of the Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) are faced with a network of serial killers built during the pandemic.” 

Check out the official trailer of Criminal Minds: Evolution Season 1 below: 

Criminal Minds: Evolution (Paramount+) Trailer HD

Catch up on all the episodes, and let us know what you think of Criminal Minds: Evolution being renewed for Season 2 in the comments.