This fall, CBS has another FBI show to add to its line-up. Specifically, FBI: International, the third installment to the Dick Wolf-created TV franchise, promises to be a worldwide sensation — particularly with its lead characters relying on top-notch intelligence, expert quick thinking, and physical strength in order to take down imposing forces around the planet. Mixing exotic locales with a well-proven formula, FBI: International should appeal to anyone who enjoyed the previous two FBI shows. Now, before its September premiere, we're here to tell you everything we know about this new CBS spin-off series.
The Spinoff Show Is The Third Iteration Of The FBI Brand
Starting in 2018, FBI became CBS's latest procedural mainstay. Shortly following the success of this new Dick Wolf-created series, the network was eager to keep a good thing going. Only a year later, FBI: Most Wanted got the greenlight. Now, in 2021, we'll get our third addition to the growing brand with FBI: International, a global spin-off that explores the federal bureau's international reach (as the title suggests). Certainly, CBS is invested in the franchise's longevity. We'll see if their viewers are equally as enticed.
FBI: International Will Premiere On Tuesday Nights Starting On September 21, 2021
Starting on September 21st, FBI: International will join CBS's busy Tuesday night line-up at a special time. On the evening of the show's debut, more specifically, International will air at 10 p.m., following the 9 p.m. season premiere of FBI: Most Wanted. In the weeks to follow, however, these procedurals will trade places. International will slink into its regular 9 p.m. time period, with Most Wanted to be shown in the 10 p.m. slot.
It’ll Follow The Elite Operatives Of The FBI’s International Fly Team, Relying On Intelligence, Quick Thinking And Pure Brawn In Lieu Of Guns
Headquartered in Prague, FBI: International follows the elite operatives of the FBI's International Fly Team, as it was noted in the show's press release, and their daring efforts to protect the lives of everyday U.S. citizens — even when they're thousands of miles away from American soil. This division of the federal bureau travels the world, with a steadfast mission to track and dismantle any threat aimed against this nation. And there's an intriguing catch: this group has to rely on their wits, not their bullets.
Totally unarmed, this Fly Team has to resort to their intelligence — in both senses of the word — particularly as their quick thinking is crucial towards completing their missions as safely and tactfully as possible. They also have to use their brawn and bravery to finish their directives. While the spin-off is expected to follow a familiar FBI template, this team's unique disadvantage elevates the stakes in intense, interesting new ways.
The FBI: International Cast Includes Luke Kleintank, Heida Reed, And Vinessa Vidotto
Leading the charge of this upcoming FBI spin-off series are three actors of varying experience. Specifically, Luke Kleintank, Heida Reed, and Vinessa Vidotto have signed onto the show as our primary crime fighters, with Klenintank attached as the Head of the International FBI Fly Team, Reed on board as the second-in-command, and Vidotto's leading part described as a new but ambitious member of the international team. At the moment, not much else is known about their roles, including their character names. But if you've watched your fair share of TV, you might recognize these three performers.
Most notably, Luke Kleintank is known for his roles as Joe Blake in Amazon Prime's The Man in the High Castle and Finn Abernathy in Fox's Bones. Meanwhile, Heida Reed starred in the latter seasons of the BBC's Poldark, and Vinessa Vidotto appeared in Netflix's Lucifer and HBO Max's Hacks. For all three, this will be their biggest project yet.
The Spinoff Show Comes From Legendary Producer Dick Wolf
There are few TV producers more legendary than Dick Wolf. Best known as the creator and executive producer behind NBC's immensely popular (and immensely profitable) Law & Order franchise, the TV heavyweight is also the man who brought all the One Chicago shows to the air, including Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D., and Chicago Med. Now, he's the guy behind CBS's FBI and 2019's spin-off series, FBI: Most Wanted. Over the course of three decades, the mega-producer practically invented procedural television as it is known today. Now, Wolf will continue his dominance over evening broadcast TV with FBI: International, which is the latest addition to his well-oiled, well-proven brand.
FBI International Will Be Showrun By Chicago P.D.’s Derek Haas
Over the past decade, Derek Haas has had a heavy hand in Dick Wolf's TV monopoly. Specifically, starting in 2012, the author/screenwriter co-created Chicago Fire, which eventually led to him developing Chicago P.D., Chicago Med, and Chicago Justice. Now, he'll be in charge of another spin-off series with CBS's FBI: International. As the main writer and showrunner of this new show, Haas will likely have more control than ever at the center of this third series in the FBI franchise. Given his success in building the One Chicago line-up into one of NBC's most expansive TV universes, it makes sense that Wolf would be confident in letting Haas handle the reins of this international endeavor.
The First Teaser Promises A World-Traveling, Action-Packed Series
In a trailer promoting the latest seasons from the FBI television franchise, we got our first official glimpse at CBS's FBI: International. With Dick Wolf describing an exciting new addition to the expanding Tuesday night line-up, we get to see some great vistas, blistering action, and a few steely gazes as our head honcho producer details the pitch behind this third spin-off series. Promising to be an engaging, entertaining, edge-of-your-seat thrill ride, Wolf tells audiences that, if they love what they've seen from the first two FBI shows, they'll enjoy what's in store for this forthcoming weekday regular.
Check out the first look below:
FBI: International will premiere on September 21st, 2021 on CBS.
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Will is an entertainment writer based in Pittsburgh, PA. His writing can also be found in The Playlist, Cut Print Film, We Got This Covered, The Young Folks, Slate and other outlets. He also co-hosts the weekly film/TV podcast Cinemaholics with Jon Negroni and he likes to think he's a professional Garfield enthusiast.