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Season Twelve. On May 6th, 2016 CBS announced the renewal of Criminal Minds for the 2016-2017 TV season, with a standard initial order of 22 episodes. The season will premiere on September 28, 2016.

RatingsEdit

No ratings information is available at this time.

CastEdit

EpisodesEdit

Image Title Airdate Writer Director Season Episode Series Episode
Screenshot "The Crimson King" September 28, 2016 Breen Frazier Glenn Kershaw 1 256
Agent Luke Alvez joins the BAU team as they are tasked with capturing a killer who escaped prison with twelve other convicts.
Screenshot "Sick Day" October 5, 2016 Virgil Williams Larry Teng 2 257
Arriving home following a child abduction case, painful memories resurface for a shaken JJ, who breaks down and recounts the story to her husband.
Screenshot "Taboo" October 12, 2016 Karen Maser Alec Smight 3 258
With Emily Prentiss having rejoined the team, the BAU investigate the sudden disappearances of three women.
Screenshot "Keeper" October 26, 2016 Bruce Zimmerman Sharat Raju 4 259
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Screenshot "Anti-Terror Squad" November 2, 2016 Stephanie SenGupta Tawnia McKiernan 5 260
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Screenshot "Elliott's Pond" November 9, 2016 Erica Messer Matthew Gray Gubler 6 261
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Screenshot "Mirror Image" November 16, 2016 Breen Frazier Joe Mantegna 7 262
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Screenshot "Scarecrow" November 23, 2016 Karen Maser Christoph Schrewe 8 263
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HighlightsEdit

The season will predominantly focus on the BAU tracking down and recapturing thirteen serial killers, who all escaped from prisons across the U.S. during the events of last season's finale The Storm. The team will particularly focus their efforts on serial killer by proxy Peter Lewis.

Two new agents will be introduced in this season as main characters. One will replace Derek Morgan, who was written out of the show last season, due to Shemar Moore's decision to leave. Showrunner Erica Messer clarified that the team will continue to cope with Morgan's departure and that this will initially affect their relationship with the new agent. The character, Agent Luke Alvez, is portrayed by Adam Rodriguez, introduced in the premiere episode, and was previously a member of the FBI Fugitive Task Force. The second agent is Stephen Walker, who is portrayed by Damon Gupton and was previously a member of the Behavioral Analysis Program, the FBI's counterintelligence division; he will be introduced in the eighth episode.

Paget Brewster will reprise her role as Emily Prentiss as a series regular. In addition, it was confirmed that Aisha Tyler would be reprising her role as Doctor Tara Lewis, filling another series regular role. Lewis was a recurring character introduced in the previous season.

Aaron Hotchner will no longer appear in the series after Thomas Gibson was dismissed due to an altercation between him and an episode writer. His absence will be written into the season, but he will still appear in the season's first two episodes. Hotch's role as BAU team leader will be filled up by Prentiss.

Jane Lynch will reprise her role as Reid's mother Diana for the season's eleventh and twelfth episodes, both slated to air in early 2017 for what Erica Messer described as "a fun, Reid-heavy story-arc".

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