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Friday Night Lights Star Zach Gilford to Play Villain in Paramount+ Criminal Minds Revival

Clear eyes, full hearts, can't stop committing crimes?
  • Zach Gilford. (Photo: Everett Collection)
    Zach Gilford. (Photo: Everett Collection)

    Paramount+'s Criminal Minds revival now has a title (and a recurring star). 

    Zach Gilford will recur in Criminal Minds: Evolution, a series that will follow in the footsteps of its CBS predecessor in focusing on the FBI's Behavior Analysis Unit. The Friday Night Lights vet will play Elias Voit, a dark, death-obsessed operations analyst for a global cyber-security firm. 

    Criminal Minds: Evolution will see the team go head to head with Voit, described as their greatest threat; he's utilized the pandemic to grow a network of serial killers. When the network goes live, "the team must hunt them down, one murder at a time". 

    Original cast members Joe Mantegna, A.J. Cook, Kirsten Vangsness, Aisha Tyler, Adam Rodriguez and Paget Brewster will reprise their roles. 

    A premiere date for Criminal Minds: Evolution has not been announced yet. 

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    Jade Budowski is a freelance writer with a knack for ruining punchlines and harboring dad-aged celebrity crushes. She was previously a reporter/producer at Decider and is a member of the Television Critics Association. Follow her on Twitter: @jadebudowski.

    TOPICS: Criminal Minds, Paramount+, Zach Gilford