Criminal Minds: Evolution Casts Felicity Huffman as Gideon’s [Spoiler]

Paramount+’s Criminal Minds: Evolution will deliver a blast from the crime drama’s past when Emmy winner and Academy Award nominee Felicity Huffman guest-stars during the upcoming season.

TVLine has learned that the Desperate Housewives alum has been cast as Dr. Jill Gideon, a brilliant biological psychiatrist who winds up helping the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit investigate a murderous conspiracy theory.

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Jill is reluctant to assist the BAU, given her complicated history with both David Rossi (played by Joe Mantegna) and her late ex-husband, Jason Gideon (played in Criminal Minds‘ first seasons by Mandy Patinkin), but she comes to realize that her skill set could help them uncover another clue to the elusive Gold Star mystery.

Criminal Minds: Evolution began filming its new season in mid-January; a premiere date has not yet been set.

The first season of Criminal Minds: Evolution found the BAU’s elite profilers going up against “their greatest threat yet” — Elias Voit, an UnSub who had spent the COVID pandemic cultivating a network of serial killers. The team was comprised of franchise vets Mantegna, Paget Brewster (as Prentiss), A.J. Cook (JJ), Kirsten Vangsness (Garcia), Aisha Tyler (Tara) and Adam Rodriguez (Luke), while Friday Night Lights alum Zach Gilford played the aforementioned Elias.

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 are directing episodes.

Longtime recurring player Josh Stewart, meanwhile, shared on X in January that “sadly, my days of playing Will LaMontagne Jr. are over.”

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When the new season of Criminal Minds opens, just two weeks will have have passed since Voit’s capture, showrunner Erica Messer shared with TVLine during our February set visit, giving Prentiss, for one, only a bit of time to “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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