‘FBI’: Why Jeremy Sisto Says He’s ‘Not a Procedural Guy’ Despite Being on Show

by Kati Michelle
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If you’re not entirely sure what a “procedural” is in the first place, don’t worry. I’ve got you covered. Here’s a quick language lesson for our Outsiders. Apparently, a “procedural” is any cross-genre project (think books, TV, movies) that involves a certain level of technical detail. Oftentimes, like in the case of the CBS procedural drama “FBI,” the plot focuses on a certain profession.

If you ask Jeremy Sisto how he feels about the set-up, though, he says he’s “not a procedural guy.” Now that’s interesting coming from an “FBI” series regular. Sisto joined the “FBI” world as Assistant Special Agent in Charge Jubal Valentine back in 2018. He later went on to appear on the sister series “FBI: International” this year. Here’s his analysis.

The ‘FBI’ Star Talks About His Preferences As a Viewer

In sitting down with Long Island Weekly, Jeremy Sisto revealed what goes through his mind as a viewer:

“As a viewer, I’m not a procedural guy just because my brain doesn’t really work like that,” Sisto explains. “I kind of have trouble remembering names and stuff, so sometimes I have trouble following the plot for procedural stuff honestly. I prefer watching a character just alone in his room thinking for an hour than following a bunch of plots. That’s just how my brain works as a viewer.”

That being said, he understands that the hardcore “FBI” fans feel differently. For this reason, he tries to take their opinions into account.

“I really try and listen to the fans and read the comments online. I talk to people who do watch this genre and I try to get an idea of what it is that they think.”

Why He Thinks Fans Keep Tuning Into the Show

Jeremy Sisto thinks that fans tune in to the show for a variety of reasons. The allure of the job, for example, makes a great case:

“I think people are fans of the show because it’s interesting to fantasize and see what it’s really like. I think there’s a lot of people out there who are like, ‘It would be cool to be an FBI agent.’ Bad things happen all the time and they’re really crazy. It would be a really interesting job to be a person who follows those clues and try to figure out how to prevent bad things from happening.”

On that note, he says that making the series accurate is also important.

“I think realism is an important aspect. I think people are watching for that. I think we’ve gotten better and better trying to tell the story on how these guys work. It’s the most complex crime fighting organization just in the logistics of how they find their criminals.”