LOUISIANA, LA –(BUSINESS WIRE)–The world of the “Criminalminds” hit television was a chaotic place back in 2014.
The network’s first season had just aired and viewers had already watched the finale.
But as the season progressed, the show was able to tap into some of the audience’s most ardent fans, and that’s exactly what “The Following” has done for fans.
As the first half of the first season of “The Followings” was released on DVD and Blu-ray in April, many of the fans were thrilled to hear that “The following” would be returning for the second half of its run, which begins later this year.
“The following has always been a passion project of mine, and I couldn’t be more excited to be able to finally tell the story of the criminal mind in a way that resonates with fans,” said series creator David Chase.
“With this second season, we will take fans behind the scenes of a criminal mind, bringing them into the inner workings of the most notorious criminals in the world and giving them an intimate look at the life of a mind in the criminal underworld.
We have created an engaging, exciting, and emotional story that is sure to please fans of the show.”
To get fans involved in the new “Criminals” season, “Thefollowing” has teamed up with the Crime Lab, a collaboration that has brought some of its most famous experts to “TheFollowing” sets.
“The lab has been the most amazing experience for me, as it has helped me to hone my craft and my skill set in the field,” Chase said.
“It has given me a sense of what the lab’s mission is and how it functions and how important it is to our community.
It’s been an incredible experience to be part of this collaboration, and we are thrilled to bring that vision to life.”
A team of scientists and crime experts, along with a group of actors, have been working with Chase and his writers on “The followings” new season.
Chase has worked closely with crime expert John Ryan, who also wrote the first episode of “Caught in the Crosshairs,” to bring in a team of forensic scientists and a new group of scientists with expertise in mental illness.
Ryan has also written the first two episodes of “Ride with the Devil,” and his “Crime Lab” team has worked with Chase to create a new character who was added to the series.
The new “The followers” team includes crime expert and actor Paul Giamatti, whose show “The Criminal Minds” has won multiple Emmys.
His new role as the new director of the lab, Dr. Henry Morgan, is one of the characters in the show, and he and Chase will also team up with crime-fighting expert and writer John Zatara to bring a new crime-fighters into the story.
“Riders on the Devil” star and “Catch Me if You Can” star Michael Pena is joining the show as a new “the following” character, along as a scientist and a criminal expert.
The “Catching in the crosshairs” team, led by crime expert Dr. Zatina, will be brought in by Chase and co-writer Jeff Zatravia.
“Curious about what happens when your favorite criminals get caught in the middle of a crime spree?”
Chase asks, referring to the episode where the series was filmed.
“Zatara and I have been doing the research for several years and we have developed a detailed plan for how to do this.”
“Crazy as it sounds,” Chase continues, “you might not know how to get rid of a man with a conscience.”
“Riding with the devil” star John Zavatta, who plays “Cameron” in the series, will return as a “caught in a crosshair” character.
“He will take on the role of the scientist, and with this new team of experts and the help of his colleagues, he will be able help the series to bring its fans closer to the crime scene.
I am excited to team up again with Paul Giannotti, who has written the script, to create something that has never been done before.”
Writer/executive producer Jeff Zavatti is one who is excited to return to the “TheFollowings” team.
“We’ve been working on this for over a year now, and it was a dream come true to bring this project to life,” Zavatta said.
“[Zatravias] background as a forensic scientist will lend credibility to the idea that the show will be about the forensic science aspect of the crime, and Zat and Chase have a vision for how the show can take viewers inside a criminal’s mind.”
Zavatti and Chase worked with the crime lab for years