FBI: Most Wanted Showrunner Promises More Emphasis On One Character In Season 2


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FBI: Most Wanted is on the way back to the small screen after CBS finally handed down the renewal order in the spring, and the Season 2 premiere date isn't too far off. Fortunately, showrunner David Hudgins has dropped some details about what to expect in the new season to hold viewers over until the November debut, and there is some good news for fans of Jess LaCroix.

More emphasis on Julian McMahon's Jess LaCroix is on the way! Although LaCroix is the lead character, FBI: Most Wanted is very much an ensemble series, and the focus of much of Season 1 was on the cases rather than characters. That won't entirely be the case in the new season.

Early in Season 2, the team will chase a bank robber who escaped LaCroix 18 years previously, and his return will give them the chance to "settle their personal score," according to showrunner David Hudgins in a chat with TV Insider. Hudgins shared that this is "a great episode where we unpack a lot of Jess' backstory."

The further development of LaCroix as a character will involve the introduction of another member of his family. Terry O'Quinn of Lost fame joined FBI: Most Wanted in a recurring role for Season 2, and he'll play Byron, Jess LaCroix's father. Their reunion presumably won't be the warmest, as Byron will turn up at his son's home from New Orleans with a much younger girlfriend in tow.

Byron is a gambling addict with a big personality, so I for one can see why LaCroix might not want him around Tali on a regular basis. Tali went through enough of an ordeal in the first season! At least her family on her mom's side has been stable. Byron is also not the only new character coming to FBI: Most Wanted in Season 2 with a connection to LaCroix.

Amy Carlson of Blue Bloods fame will make her big return to CBS to play a new FBI: Most Wanted recurring character by the name of Jackie Ward. She's an experienced bounty hunter who plays by her own rules and has encountered LaCroix in the past, but that doesn't mean LaCroix will be happy to see her. As an FBI agent, LaCroix apparently follows a lot more rules than Jackie!

FBI: Most Wanted will develop other members of the team as well. David Hudgins has shared that the show will "ground our team in the real world," including police protests and the COVID-19 pandemic, and that will involve greater emphasis on characters. Considering how dark FBI: Most Wanted got in Season 1, it's possible that the character development will involve some ugly situations.

The good news is that the long hiatus since the end of FBI: Most Wanted Season 1 is almost at an end. The show will return on Tuesday, November 17 at 10 p.m. ET on CBS, immediately following the Season 3 premiere of FBI at 9 p.m. ET. Tuesdays on CBS will be strong on the drama front, with NCIS Season 18 starting the night at 8 p.m. ET.

For more of what's still to come in on the small screen in the coming weeks, be sure to check out our 2020 fall TV premiere schedule! In case you need to catch up on FBI: Most Wanted before the Season 2 premiere on November 17, you can find the first full season streaming on CBS All Access.

Laura Hurley
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