Audiences can get their first glimpse at what’s now called “FBI Tuesdays” in a new promo released by the network. The season opens up with a three-show, three-hour crossover event that starts on FBI, continues on FBI: Most Wanted, and then concludes on the new series FBI: International.
FBI: International was filmed in Budapest and takes place across Europe. It follows the International Fly Team as they handle crimes that involve American citizens but take place in other countries. Luke Kleintank (The Man in the High Castle) portrays team leader Scott Forrester. The cast also includes Heida Reed (Poldark), Carter Redwood (a frequent CBS guest star on series including Blue Bloods and The Good Wife), Vinessa Vidotto (Hacks) and Christiane Paul (Counterpart).
CBS viewers will likely pick up on the project’s similarity to Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, the Criminal Minds spinoff which featured what it referred to as the International Response Team. Gary Sinise and FBI‘s Alana de la Garza headlined the series, which lasted for two seasons. However, FBI: International should have a different tone since it’s part of a different franchise.
For TV fans, another major talking point will be how this latest spinoff and this crossover event put FBI on part with Dick Wolf’s other franchise, One Chicago on NBC. Both franchises now have three shows. Both franchises have taken over a whole night on their respective networks. And both franchises are taking on the three-part crossover model.
But despite their coming from the same creator in Dick Wolf, and both being in the procedural arena, the two properties are different in a number of ways. The FBI franchise focuses exclusively on one organization and it tends to tell more serious stories than One Chicago, which can often shake things up with funny subplots and several characters who inject levity into plotlines. The Wolf creative team has done an excellent job of building properties that fit their respective networks and audiences, so this isn’t just more of the same.
But how many crossovers will the FBI franchise be able to pull off when part of that requires involving a team that’s overseas? Will this be an annual event like the One Chicago crossovers or something saved for when the plot is right? And will Dick Wolf’s producing power and his writers be able to take the international concept and extend it beyond what we saw in the Criminal Minds spinoff? There’s all kinds of potential here, and it all starts with this massive event.
FBI, FBI: Most Wanted, and FBI: International air Tuesdays from 8:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT on CBS. The crossover begins their season on Tuesday, September 21.
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