FBI showrunner Rick Eid steps down right after season 7 renewal

He previously served as producer and showrunner on Chicago PD.
2018 Chicago Press Day
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FBI has had an interesting couple of weeks. It was one of the only shows on television to receive a multi-season renewal by its network. While other procedural dramas were lucky to secure a single season deal, FBI managed to get an impressive three year extension from CBS. This renewal is what makes the news surrounding Rick Eid so surprising.

Despite FBI's secure status within the network, the showrunner has decided to step down after six seasons. Eid will remain an executive producer on the show, according to TV Line, but he explained that he wanted to focus his attention on his other TV job, which is running Law & Order franchise:

"After six years of running two, or more, shows, and CBS now picking up FBI for three more years, this was the perfect time for me to step back and focus my efforts on running Law & Order and developing new projects."

Rick Eid ran FBI for its first six seasons

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It's hard to find fault with Eid's decision. He has been one of the busiest men on television for the last two decades, and has amassed credits on some of the most beloved franchises in all of procedural storytelling. He's been a producer on Law & Order since 2004, and he ran FBI from 2018 to now. Oh, he also found time to run Chicago PD between the years 2017 and 2024.

Eid made sure to clarify that he was extremely proud of the work he's done on FBI, and felt that the show was in great shape to move into the future with a new showrunner:

"I’m extremely proud of FBI, and couldn’t be happier for the cast, crew and producers. While I will no longer be the day-to-day showrunner, I intend to remain involved with the show going forward."

Eid will remain a producer on Law & Order

Rick Eid
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Eid came up in television as a protege of Dick Wolf, which makes perfect sense given that Wolf created most of the shows he has worked on. The duo's partnership will continue on Law & Order, but Wolf still took time out to praise Eid for his tenure on FBI.

“Rick has been a core member of the Wolf family for two decades," Wolf wrote. "We thank him for all the work he did on FBI to get [it] launched and look forward to continuing our creative partnership."

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