FBI premiere: What you need to know
Premiering September 25 on CBS
Elite crime-fighting skill, incredible intellect and big yellow letters. Those are three things you’ll find up (and on) the sleeves of special agents in FBI, a new drama series from CBS. Dick Wolf, the megamind behind Chicago and Law & Order, is working his magic again this fall to bring audiences another crime-filled saga. The show’s production team includes Peter Jankowski and Arthur Forney (both Chicago and Law & Order alums), Greg Plageman (Person of Interest, NYPD Blue) and Niels Arden Oplev (Mr. Robot, Under the Dome). With so many experienced law enforcement storytellers on set, FBI should have no problem giving audiences the thrilling, intricate plot they crave.
The series trailer opens on main characters FBI Special Agents Maggie Bell (Missy Peregrym) and Omar Adom “OA” Zidan (Zeeko Zaki) arriving at the scene of a small explosion in a Brooklyn apartment building. Maggie quickly pieces together that the building and its residents are in much more danger than initially assumed, and demands that everyone be evacuated immediately. As she tries to steer a mother away from rushing inside to get her son, another explosion flings them to the ground and the building collapses into rubble.
The clip goes on to reveal that Maggie and OA will be working together on a large case to track down the criminal behind the explosion—someone who appears to have more attacks planned. By the end of the trailer, the team has caught the criminal and solved the case, which presumably means the show will focus on a new crime in each episode rather than following one continuous problem throughout the season.
However, while the crimes may be solvable within a 60-minute window, the agent’s’ personal problems might need a few episodes to untangle. OA just came to the FBI from an undercover position and seems to be having a hard time adjusting to the rules of his new role. Will his secret agent tactics help him or hurt him in the long run? Meanwhile, Maggie is grappling with her guilt over the victims of the building explosion. Could she have saved more people? Should she have let that mother die trying to save her son? Is feeling sad just another occupational hazard for special agents? If so, count us out.
Details from the producer
So far, few details have been released about the show, and critics haven’t given much feedback either. Connie Nielsen (Boss, The Following) was set to star in FBI as the Special Agent in Charge at the FBI’s New York office, but exited the show after the filming of the pilot. She will be replaced by Sela Ward (CSI: NY), whose character Dana Mosier will take over as boss of the NY branch.
According to Wolf, FBI will focus on celebrating the work of special agents and giving audiences a realistic view of how their offices operate. While he notes that FBI shouldn’t be dubbed “educational,” Wolf wants to keep his show grounded and separate from the politics that sometimes engulf the organization. If his previous work gives any indication, we think his newest creation will be just as exciting. Watch the premiere of FBI on September 25 on CBS. Get ready for all your favorite fall premieres with a TV package from DIRECTV.