the first two episodes of Criminal Minds: Evolution, aka Criminal Minds Season 16, will premiere via the streamer on Thursday, Nov. 24

There are 10 episodes in Season 1 of Criminal Minds: Evolution, and the first two will be streaming on Paramount+ on Thanksgiving Day.

new episodes will premiere weekly on Thursdays until Dec. 15, when the show will take a break over the holiday season

The season will resume on Thursday, Jan. 12, with the finale set to air on Feb. 9

The most notable absences from the series of returning cast members are Matthew Gray Gubler, who played Dr. Spencer Reid , and Daniel Henney

While the new season will be streaming, Messer has assured fans that Criminal Minds won't be getting any darker

Shemar Moore isn't expected to return as Derek Morgan, a role he played until Season 11

Messer is aware that the series has attracted a large fanbase among teens thanks to its time spent streaming on Netflix, and she doesn't want to lean into the grit and gore just because it's no longer a network show.