Tackling a big ongoing case is something new this season. How do you think that changes the perspective of the series? Does it make it more exciting or intense?
That’s a question that’s probably better asked of the fanbase and people who watch the show. we put it together [and] We tell the story, but how effective it will be is hard for me to be objective because I’m creating it. I do it. I’m very interested in speaking to people who are watching the whole thing – watch all 10 episodes – and see how it resonated with them.
We think we’re telling a pretty interesting, cool, serialized story among other specific things that also happen in the episodes, but that one plot is pretty strong. We got great people involved. Zach Gilford [as the main UnSub] is a great actor. His wife [Kiele Sanchez] is on the show too, and she’s wonderful. All of the other guest actors on the show this season have been exemplary, and all of these different storylines support things that were already really good. We’ll see how it goes down in the end, but I feel really good about it myself. I think we all do. … I directed the 3rd episode, so I hope one does well.
Do you have any insight or hopes as to what the next season of Criminal Minds: Evolution could bring, assuming there will be another season?
That would be the first hope and wish that we get that next season. Then when we do that… I think it’s an appropriate title that it’s called “Criminal Minds: Evolution”. We are evolving and we are evolving from what has been happening in the world, from a pandemic. We’ve all matured a bit, all of us within the group, the cast.
I hope we’ll get a chance to revisit some old characters, whether they were regulars or not. Hopefully those opportunities can arise and there are still many stories to tell. In other words, unfortunately, serial killers aren’t going anywhere. All you have to do is turn on the TV and there’s something going on today. That’s fitting. In the best of all worlds, there wouldn’t be a need for the FBI or the BAU or anything, but we do. Hopefully, as long as we do that, we’ll be able to tell stories about what these men and women are fortunately doing in this job.
Criminal Minds: Evolution streams new episodes Thursdays on Paramount+.
This interview has been edited for clarity.