‘FBI: International’ Showrunner Says Show Won’t Be Doing Crossovers in the Near Future

by Madison Miller
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With a total of three “FBI” franchise shows in one night, is it fair for fans to expect crossovers to happen very frequently? Dick Wolf is the mastermind behind “FBI,” FBI: Most Wanted,” and the brand new series “FBI: International.”

The newest spin-off aired in September with a massive three-show crossover event. The new crew on “FBI: International” got to work with one of the main stars of the original series, Zeeko Zaki, for an episode.

No More ‘FBI: International’ Crossovers?

If this movie-like experience in the “FBI” was enjoyable, don’t get your hopes up. The “FBI: International” showrunner Derek Haas told TV Insider that there would not be another crossover event this year at all. That doesn’t mean there won’t be one in future seasons, but fans just shouldn’t expect one in the near future.

“I can’t imagine us doing another one this year. It was so much more work than when we do the Chicago ones. Just even having the bad guy go all the way through the three episodes, get him to Hungary. You’ve got jet lag issues. You’ve got working hours issues. It was way harder than even the hardest Chicago crossover that we’ve done,” he said to the news outlet.

Unlike the “Chicago” franchise, “FBI” has become a worldwide experience. Not all the stars are cooped up in one city, which makes crossovers an easy thing to accomplish. This is the same for the “Law & Order” franchise. We often see characters crossover between “Law & Order: SVU” and “Law & Order: Organized Crime” because they function in the same city and deal with similar issues.

The producers aren’t completely ignoring how successful these crossover events are, however. Haas said he loves getting to see Special Agent in Charge Jubal Valentine work with Special Agent in Charge Isobel Castille together. The distance between the two makes it incredibly difficult though.

Another interesting crossover pairing is Jubal and the leader of the Fly Team, Special Agent Scott Forrester. In fact, Haas revealed this is his favorite duo to see on screen. “If I had to go to war and could only pick two agents to go shoulder-to-shoulder with, he’d be one of them. I’m going to pitch and try to have a Jubal makes his way to Hungary episode,” Haas said.

Dick Wolf Talks About Ability to Crossover

Although the “FBI” world may be taking a brief break with massive crossover events, there will certainly have to be more in the future.

After all, Dick Wolf has in the past talked about how spectacular it is from a storytelling perspective to get to utilize all three shows together. Wolf said that, in many ways, crossovers embody the kind of television he’s most passionate about.

“I think that the crossover embodies what these shows are supposed to be … It’s really exciting … But it’s a story that in its scale not only justifies but thrives on three hours in a row. And we know these work. When they’re done well, their ratings crack. To be able to introduce International with a three-way crossover, I think is an amazing opportunity which I’m very, very grateful to the powers that be at CBS for saying, ‘Go for it and do it and hopefully knock it out of the park,'” Wolf said, according to Deadline.