Criminal Minds: Evolution Sets Season 2 Premiere Date, Releases First Photos

Those Criminal Minds will get churning again on Thursday, June 6, when the new batch of Evolution episodes begin streaming on Paramount+.

Criminal Minds: Evolution‘s 10-episode second season (Criminal Minds Season 17, if you will) will kick off with two episodes, followed by weekly releases.

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When the streaming revival premiered in November 2022, it found the BAU’s elite profilers going up against Elias Voit, an UnSub who had spent the COVID pandemic cultivating a network of serial killers. The team in question was comprised of franchise vets Paget Brewster (as Prentiss), Joe Mantegna (Rossi), A.J. Cook (JJ), Kirsten Vangsness (Garcia), Aisha Tyler (Tara) and Adam Rodriguez (Luke), while Friday Night Lights vet Zach Gilford played the aforementioned Elias.

The new season picks up as the team investigates the deadly mystery of Gold Star. As the conspiracy unfolds, the BAU will be met with an unexpected complication when Elias Voit negotiates a deal that transfers him to federal custody in the BAU’s own backyard. The team in turn “faces its biggest threat yet and cannot emerge unscathed from the mind-bending consequences.”

For the new season, Brewster, Mantegna, Cook, Vangsness, Tyler and Rodriguez are all returning — as are both Gilford and Ryan-James Hatanaka, who played person of interest/Garcia’s person of interest Tyler Green. (Mantegna, Cook, Tyler and Rodriguez and Gilford also directed episodes.) Felicity Huffman has been previously announced to guest star.

Recurring franchise vet Josh Stewart, however, shared on X in January that “sadly, my days of playing Will LaMontagne Jr. are over.”

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When the new season opens, showrunner Erica Messer shared with TVLine during our February set visit, two weeks have passed since Voit’s capture, giving Prentiss only a bit of time “to sort of figure out what’s going with this Gold Star mystery that she thinks had something to do with [FBI Deputy Director] Doug Bailey’s death.

“She’s having a little survivor’s guilt,” Messer previewed. “She’s struggling with that quite a bit.”

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