FBI: International Season 3 is not coming to CBS in September 2023

FBI: International Season 3 is not coming to CBS in September 2023
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Attention FBI: International fans! It’s time to get ready for another thrilling ride. Continue reading to find out more about the potential release date of FBI: International Season 3. 

For the last two years, with each new season, FBI: International has proven itself to be a force to be reckoned with in the world of crime television. This is the second spin-off from Dick Wolf’s drama FBI and the third series in the FBI franchise, promised to be packed with heart-pounding action, intricate investigations, and a cast of brilliant agents. This gripping crime drama series will certainly continue to push boundaries and delve deeper into the complex world of international espionage.

Due to high interest, there are many queries circulating on the web relating to its current status, which has been raised by fans for weeks, especially ever since the second season, which aired its finale episode back in May 2023, ended with a major cliffhanger, leaving the fans questioning, “Whether FBI: International Season 3 is coming this month?” “If not this month, then when?” If you are sharing the same thought, then don’t worry! Here is everything we currently know about CBS’s FBI: International Season 3. 

FBI: International Season 3 is not coming to CBS in September 2023

FBI: International Season 3 Release Date: When is it expected to return on CBS?

We are aware of how much the fans have been awaiting its premiere, but we have some unfortunate news to share with you!

We hate to break this to our readers, but the new episodes will not return in September 2023, as CBS has recently released their fall lineup in which FBI: International Season 3 was not mentioned, which is a bit disappointing but was bound to happen because the premiere of the new season has been met with unexpected hurdles, with the first being the ongoing dual strikes, which include WGA and SAG-AFTRA, both of which sadly haven’t reached any resolution, causing delays in the production, hence putting a halt in the release of the show this fall season.  

Even though this is an unfortunate update, we can do some other updates that will lighten up your mood. Firstly, let’s clear the air by stating that we all know by now that these strikes started a while ago and don’t seem to end anytime soon, causing many Hollywood production houses to halt their work temporarily with reports circulating that the writing for the upcoming season has not started, which is quite unfortunate when we consider the fact that filming usually begins by the late summer season; if not, then maybe sometime around October 2023 if the network is aiming for its fall release later this year.

FBI: International Season 3 is not coming to CBS in September 2023

If we look at the current status, one thing is noted: the network has considered some crucial changes behind the scenes for its primetime schedule, just like ABC and NBC. These competing networks have also decided to shift the fall schedule for the next year, which will be ideal to avoid any further delays in production. In conclusion, the network has decided to skip the previously confirmed fall premiere and modify release dates, which are now set for the first quarter of 2024 (January to March), with a new update schedule as confirmed by CBS. 

The new episodes are expected to air at the same time slot every Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CBS and later on Paramount Plus in order to avoid any further disruption caused by the strikes. As a result, we predict that there is no chance for the popular crime television series to make its comeback anytime soon this year! We would also like to emphasize that Deadline also ran a new report in which it offered an alternate release month, which might be May 2024, which is more likely to happen!

Hence, we ask fans to be patient and keep an eye on social media channels for more information on the new release dates, which will be acknowledged later. For the time being, we urge the readers to check out the new revised fall 2023–24 schedule, which includes the following shows, and can also encourage CBS to fill these empty slots with reruns of all three beloved FBI shows, allowing viewers to relive the gripping investigations, unforgettable heart-pounding action and drama from the prior seasons that have aired over the last few years. 

FBI International Season 3 Plot: What to expect from the new season?

The show’s creators have remained tight-lipped about any potential plotlines, but they will include beloved characters returning along with some new characters seeing the rapidly expanding field of the second spin-off from Dick Wolf’s drama FBI, which follows a team of FBI Special Agents who investigate crime and terrorism abroad. Due to this, the fans are hopeful that the new season will also live up to their expectations and provide plenty of drama and excitement.

It is expected to expand on the basic premise of the show, which follows:

“From Emmy Award-winning executive producer Dick Wolf, “FBI: International,” follows the elite operatives of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s International Fly Team. Headquartered in Budapest, they travel the world with the mission of tracking and neutralizing threats against American citizens wherever they may be. Not allowed to carry guns, the Fly Team members rely on intelligence, quick thinking, and pure brawn as they put their lives on the line to protect the U.S. and its people.”

“The FBIs are one of the most successful brands in the entire TV landscape and a powerful cornerstone of our number one lineup,” said Kelly Kahl, President of CBS Entertainment. “They’ve attracted a dedicated, loyal fan base, thanks to the extraordinary vision of executive producer Dick Wolf and the talents of all three outstanding casts and creative teams. I know we and our viewers look forward to two additional seasons of engaging, heroic stories.”

Moreover, the next season is also expected to pick up the plot right from the second season’s finale,Fencing the Mona Lisa,” released on May 23, 2023, which was directed by Michael Katleman and written by Matt Olmstead and Edgar Castillo. In the episode, the viewers got to see that when a Russian missile is stolen and put on the black market in Budapest, the team must secure the weapon before a mysterious American arms broker delivers it into the wrong hands.

Take a look at the official promo for the final episode to get some insight into how the season ends. 

FBI: International 2x22 Promo "Fencing the Mona Lisa" (HD) Season Finale

FBI: International Season 3 Cast: Who will reprise their roles?

The main cast members who are expected to reprise their roles in the new season to expand their arcs for the new season are as follows: Luke Kleintank as Supervisory Special Agent Scott Forrester, Heida Reed as Special Agent Jamie Kellett, Carter Redwood as Special Agent Andre Raines, Vinessa Vidotto as Special Agent Cameron Vo, Green as Schutzhund Tank, and Eva-Jane Willis as Europol Agent Megan “Smitty” Garretson is also expected to return in the season. 

The recurring cast members who are also expected to reprise their roles include Greg Hovanessian as Special Agent Damian Powell. There can be some new additions and removals in the series, which, if they ever happen, will be confirmed by the creators in the coming months. Additionally, the series is produced by Wolf Entertainment and Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group, in association with CBS Studios.

FBI: International Season 3 is not coming to CBS in September 2023

FBI: International Season 3 Official Episode Count: How many will be there, and where to stream?

When renewed, the series was given a standard 21 to 22 episode count with an average duration of 39 to 44 minutes, premiering on a weekly basis. Due to cost-cutting or ongoing dual strikes, the episode count might vary if the network decides to air a shorter season with only 15 to 18 episodes, which will help to conclude the run of the third season earlier rather than stretching the plot unnecessarily just for the sake of premiering all the episodes. 

There is another alternative to compensate for the limited number of episodes: the network can opt to make the fourth season if it ever gets an early renewal for a supersized one, which will make the fans satisfied and the network consistent with the series plotlines and character arcs without compromising much with the quality of content being produced. All details on the episode titles and synopses will be released later, once the release date draws near, in order to prevent early spoilers.

FBI: International Season 3 is not coming to CBS in September 2023

When available, the episodes will air on CBS and later on Paramount Plus, just like the prior seasons. The viewers can also catch up on all the seasons on FuboTV. Moreover, all seasons are also available for renting or purchasing on Amazon Instant Video and Vudu, with a vast number of membership plans. The series is also available to watch for free on CBS’s official website and app, where it’s published after the TV broadcast based on the user’s location.

The show also airs in Canada on Global. In Australia, the show airs on Network 10, Rai 2 in Italy, TV 2 in Norway, FOX in Portugal, and AXN Asia. Moreover, FBI: International aired the first episode of season 1 on Sky Witness in the UK on July 22, 2022, at 9 p.m., with new episodes airing every Thursday at 10 p.m., an hour after the main FBI series, which airs in the UK on Thursday nights at 9 p.m. These platforms are subject to change in case the license to broadcast the show is expired.

FBI: International Season 3 Official Trailer: Has it been released?

As of writing this, we can assure the readers that the official trailer for FBI: International Season 3 has not been released.

One of the reasons is that the filming of the new season hasn’t even begun yet, and it will take quite some time to properly schedule the production stage, which usually commences around the late summer season, only if the network wants the series to be released in the fall of 2023. Though the fans were initially optimistic that the same schedule would be followed this time around, reality looks a bit dull! Due to the ongoing actors’ and writers’ strikes, many networks have decided to halt their productions for a temporary period of time until a proper resolution is made. 

This strike has caused a major shift in the 2023–2024 primetime schedule, leading to the new season eventually returning sometime around the first quarter of next year. We’ll just have to wait and see what the next few months have in store for us in relation to the 2023 Writers Guild of America strike along with the 2023 SAG-AFTRA strike, as right now, the filming status is neither here nor there. Due to this, the network hasn’t released any new promos for the third season as filming hasn’t commenced, leaving a lot of time for the official marketing to begin.

FBI: International Season 3 is not coming to CBS in September 2023

In a recent meeting, The Writers Guild released a video saying that the studios “are in the process of wrestling amongst themselves” for a deal to end the ongoing writers’ strike.

“We are not on strike out of greed, nor do we begrudge the companies their success or deny their struggles. We must all succeed together,” WGA Negotiating Committee co-chair Chris Keyser says in the video addressing WGA members. “But the changes that the companies have orchestrated in the business have made the profession of writing untenable for us and for everyone who comes after us. And that hasn’t changed because they waited 102 days to talk to us and taken their time since then. Our feet and backs may ache, but our cause is the same. Our case is the same.”

So, there is a lot of time left for such a promotional tour to begin. We’ll just have to wait and see what the next few months have in store for us.

While you wait for more FBI: International Season 3 updates, share your thoughts on the potential plotlines in the comments.