‘FBI: International’ Boss Teases a ‘Big Story’ for Under-utilized Character

by Joe Rutland

What might be in the works for an “FBI: International” character? That’s a question we’ll have to ask the show’s boss Derek Haas.

Haas, who is the showrunner for the CBS crime drama, shared some information in an interview with TV Insider.

He’s asked if anything is coming down the road for FBI Special Agent Andre Raines, played by Carter Redwood.

“We’ve got a big story for him coming up,” Haas said. “We make his backstory, although we haven’t really explored this too much, that he came up through accounting, which is a big entree into the FBI.”

‘FBI: International’ Boss Says Raines Thinks Forrester Sees Him In Certain Role

Raines thinks, according to Haas, that FBI Supervisory Special Agent Scott Forrester, played by Luke Kleintank, only thinks of him as “sort of the tech and numbers guy.”

“And he wants to take on more responsibility,” Haas said, “and we’re going to do a hostage situation in Bulgaria where he becomes a big prominent part of that.”

Now the “FBI: International” showrunner admits Raines is excellent at what he does.

“But there’s so much more to being an FBI agent and by design,” Haas said, “when we first designed the show, we wanted all characters to be able to do all of it.

“They can all do interviews,” the “FBI: International” showrunner said. “They can all do takedowns. (And) They can all go undercover and we’re just barreling into the show. So we’re still exploring all of those things.”

This show, which is part of the “FBI” franchise, airs on Tuesdays at 9 p.m. Eastern, 8 p.m. Central, on CBS. Other shows in the Dick Wolf franchise include “FBI” and “Most Wanted.”

Wolf Points Out Differences Between ‘International’ And Original Franchise Show

Wolf definitely knows what he wants in his shows.

What, though, is the difference between “International” and the original franchise show?

He said in an interview with Entertainment Tonight that “there was a lot of exploration of where would be the most compatible.”

Ultimately, Wolf chose Budapest, Hungary, because “there are a lot of older buildings and modern buildings.”  

Budapest does have a mix of new yet has a foot firmly planted in the old world.

Looking at all of his “FBI” shows, though, Wolf said that “each … has a unique perspective that makes it stand out from the rest. They are vastly different in storytelling, techniques, and location. And I think it’s an incredibly good mix.”

Dick Wolf is no newcomer to TV franchises. Count “Law & Order” and “One Chicago” over on NBC, too. All three “FBI” shows air on Tuesday night, so, Outsiders, maybe you can check out one or all of them some time.