FBI: Most Wanted has had a rough off-season. The show was renewed for another year, but cast member Alexa Davalos announced that she will be exiting soon, and then the network confirmed that the show will not be airing during its usual fall time slot. In fact, it won’t be airing in 2023 at all.
This is, of course, due to the writers and actors strike going on in Hollywood. These groups are protesting for better wages and working conditions, and as such, studios have had to push back scripted TV shows and replace them with game shows and reality competitions.
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The tricky part is determining when in 2024 the show will return. The logical assumption would be January, since it would allow time for CBS to air the maximum number of episodes (which, in this case, is 12-13 episodes). Unfortunately, the negotiations between the writers, actors and studios would need to make serious headway in the next few weeks to meet a January release date.
Warren Leight, former showrunner for Law & Order: SVU, tweeted about the fact that the window to release a half season is rapidly closing.
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“Today many network dramas would have begun shooting their 4th episode of the fall season,” he wrote. “If the strike were somehow to end by Labor Day, and shooting were to begin in early fall, the networks might be able to salvage a 13 episode season. The clock keeps ticking.”
This concern was compounded by Deadline, who put forth the notion that shows may not come back until May 2024, which would condense the season even shorter. If a show like FBI: Most Wanted were to come back during the summertime, then it would only be able to release 6-8 episodes, making it the shortest season ever by a wide margin.
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