Spinoff-crazed CBS is back in franchise-building mode: The Eye Network is developing an offshoot of its successful freshman procedural FBI, TVLine has learned.
The potential series — the pilot of which will air later this season as a regular episode of FBI (making it one of those fancy “planted spinoff” types) — centers on the division of the FBI tasked with tracking and capturing the notorious criminals on the FBI’s Most Wanted list. Law & Order boss Dick Wolf (who created FBI) will co-write the pilot with longtime L&O collaborator Rene Balcer. The pair will also serve as EPs alongside Arthur W. Forney and Peter Jankowski.
FBI: Most Wanted has received a series commitment from CBS (which basically means if the network opts not to order the project to series, producer Universal Television gets a big fat paycheck anyway.)
FBI: Original Flavor launched last fall and quickly emerged as CBS’ biggest rookie hit. Season-to-date, the show — starring Missy Peregrym, Zeeko Zaki, Jeremy Sisto, Ebonée Noel and Sela Ward — is averaging 9.3 million viewers and a 1.1 rating, ranking second in both measures among all the network’s dramas. CBS has already renewed the show for Season 2.
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News of the FBI spinoff comes just weeks after CBS announced that the venerable (and similarly FBI-set) Criminal Minds is heading into its 15th and final season.