If Mandy Patinkin previously thought “Criminal Minds” was dark, just wait for the reboot. Criminal Minds: Evolution isn’t just getting darker in terms of its stories. That being said, the freedom offered by a streaming format allows one to dig even deeper into the characters’ psychoses – even allowing for some swear words. Those are all good things, according to JJ Jarreau actor AJ Cook.
“It gives us the space to delve a little more into the characters, development and story,” Cook told TVLine. She appreciated the realistic, movie-like look of the series and the opportunity to delve deeply into her character, especially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. “I wanted her to be the exhausted working mom that everyone is through COVID,” Cook said. “We’re getting a fuller version of JJ.”
This was confirmed by showrunner Erica Messer in September to the Association of Television Critics. “It’s definitely broadened our scope,” she said of Alex Zalben, about the move to streaming, and expresses enthusiasm for the new serialized format. “Meeting a stranger for 10 episodes is something we’ve never done before.” She also appreciates the opportunity for saltier language, adding, “The dialogue feels more authentic.” But she also knows not to get too rude . “I never wanted us to feel like there was a full R rating, added violence, or anything that felt like another series,” she said.
As for Mantegna, he seems to be a game for possible swear words, telling TVLine, “They all knew I was dying to say them anyway.”