FBI: Most Wanted Season 5 is not coming to CBS in September 2023

FBI: Most Wanted Season 4: Is it premiering in September 2022?
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Attention all FBI: Most Wanted fans! Will the popular drama series return sooner than you thought? Continue reading for more details about FBI: Most Wanted Season 5. 

As the summer streaming season comes to an end on CBS, the anticipation among fans has reached new heights, as they have been speculating for a while if their favorite shows will be a part of the 2023–34 fall schedule or not. If you are wondering the same, then we are certain that many queries on the web relating to the show’s official comeback have been raised by fans, especially since the 4th season aired its finale back on May 23, 2023, ending a major cliffhanger, leaving the fans questioning:

“Whether FBI: Most Wanted Season 5 is coming on CBS in September 2023 or not?”

There is no doubt in our minds that the fans want to see another chapter that has captivated audiences with its endearing characters that deliver non-stop thrills that will keep you on the edge of your seat. As a result, it makes sense why the fans are eagerly awaiting the official release date. So, for your consideration, we have covered all the details about the upcoming chapter, which promises to have a lot in store. Continue reading to find out more about CBS’s FBI: Most Wanted Season 5.

FBI: Most Wanted Season 5 is not coming to CBS in September 2023

FBI: Most Wanted Season 5 Release Date: When will it return to CBS?

The beloved crime drama television series, which was created by René Balcer, was renewed for its much-awaited fifth season, and fans have been storming social media to know what the potential release date for the show’s official comeback to CBS will be. If you are wondering the same, then we can assure you that there is still a lot of time left for the official premiere, as there is no chance that the series will make its comeback in 2023! We say this with a bit of certainty as recently, it is not a secret that CBS has undergone a major change in its 2023–24 fall broadcast schedule. 

This has happened due to the ongoing dual strike, which includes the 2023 WGA strike along with the 2023 SAG-AFTRA strike, which sadly hasn’t reached any agreement, leading many major networks to take a step forward by revising their entire fall schedule by shifting the release dates for many scripted shows, including FBI: Most Wanted Season 5, until next year! The network has decided to fill the empty slots of the 2023-24 fall schedule with unscripted shows along with reruns of various series until the dual strikes are being negotiated, which is sadly expected to last until October 2023! 

FBI: Most Wanted Season 5 is not coming to CBS in September 2023

To give confirmation and an official stamp to the claims regarding the series being delayed, new sources say that the two strikes are still far from resolved, with discussions still ongoing and expected to last for some time! As a result, there is no chance that FBI: Most Wanted Season 5 will premiere in September 2023 on CBS! Deadline has recently also published an article that offers an alternate release window, which might be May 2024, and honestly, it seems more likely to happen! 

Due to this, it has become very tentative to foresee the most accurate official premiere date for FBI: Most Wanted Season 5, let alone when the filming will commence once the dual strikes reach a fair deal. But, for your consideration, we are certain in making our best assumption that the beloved series is most likely to premiere sometime around the early to mid-2024 release window instead of premiering it in the fall broadcast schedule of 2023, with the same time slot of 10 p.m. EST, starting with the FBI at 8 p.m. EST and followed by FBI International at 9 p.m. EST on CBS.

FBI: Most Wanted Season 5 is not coming to CBS in September 2023

Finally, to address the most raging question, it’s also true that the writing of scripts hasn’t even commenced yet, which will cause further delays in the completion of the shoots. As a result, we ask fans to be patient and keep an eye on social media for more updates on the release dates, which will be acknowledged in the near future as all these details are just predictions and will be confirmed by verified sources later. Until we get any official confirmation, we can just assume what direction they will take moving forward!

Hence, any hopes for more new updates for the FBI: Most Wanted Season 5 in 2023 is pretty bleak at this moment! In conclusion, we’ll just have to wait and see what more crucial details the network will decide to disclose in the near future. For the time being, we urge the readers to check out the new revised fall CBS’s 2023–24 schedule, which includes the following shows and might also include reruns of the FBI: Most Wanted prior season. However, it appears that it may only be the flagship series for which the schedule will be disclosed later:

FBI: Most Wanted Season 5 Plot: What to expect from the new season?

Even though there is restricted information about the next season’s exact plotlines and character arcs, we are certain that the upcoming season of the popular series will definitely carry the show’s theme, which has been loved by fans for years, as follows: FBI: Most Wanted” is a high-stakes drama focusing on the Fugitive Task Force, which relentlessly tracks and captures the notorious criminals on the Bureau’s Most Wanted list. The team functions as a mobile undercover unit that is always out in the field, pursuing those who are most desperate to elude justice.

The following passage contains some major spoilers for FBI: Most Wanted Season 5! So, if you don’t want to know all the crucial details in case you have already streamed the show, then we urge you to skip this section for a spoiler-free article! Even though the series was renewed last year, making it way too early to predict future plotlines, we are certain that the new season is intended to carry the story forward, which includes some of the following predictions:

FBI: Most Wanted Season 5 is not coming to CBS in September 2023

The next season is expected to pick up from the fourth season’s final episode, Heaven Falling,” which was directed by Ken Girotti and written by David Hudgins. In the episode, the viewers get to see that the team helps Remy try to catch his brother’s real killer 25 years after Mikey was murdered. So, the series is expected to develop in favor of the fans’ anticipation. We suggest fans patiently wait and binge-watch Season 4 in order to update their recollection of certain significant plotlines and keep an eye out for details that will be released in the coming weeks.

“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.” Also, check out the official FBI: Most Wanted Season 4 finale teaser below to recall all the plotlines that have happened in the series so far:

FBI: Most Wanted 4x22 Promo "Heaven Falling" (HD) Season Finale

FBI: Most Wanted Season 5 Cast: Who will reprise their roles?

We would also like to highlight that, in order to keep budget expenses down, there may be a cast-up. New rumors and theories emerge each day about the cast members, adding fuel to the already raging fire of excitement! On the bright side, the main cast members who are expected to return are as follows: Dylan McDermott as Supervisory Special Agent Remy Scott; Roxy Sternberg as Special Agent Sheryll Barnes; Keisha Castle-Hughes as Special Agent Hana Gibson, and Edwin Hodge as Special Agent Ray Cannon, among other recurring cast members who will be disclosed later.

On the other hand, due to a striking deal with CBS on budgets that will put the series on the air for another season, producers at Universal Television and Dick Wolf’s studio-based Wolf Entertainment are cutting talent expenditures. In order to keep budget expenses down, there may be a cast shake-up, so we have to predict that there are some characters who might not return in the new season. Recently, one of its series regulars, Alexa Davalos, confirmed that her character, Special Agent Kristin Gaines, might be departing the series from Wolf Entertainment and Universal Television.

FBI: Most Wanted Season 5 is not coming to CBS in September 2023

According to Deadline, the exit may have come as a surprise to many, but the report suggests that she was informed by a producer on set that she won’t be coming back after filming her last scene from Season 4 several months ago. According to multiple sources, the conversation – and Davalos’ departure – were amicable. It is unclear how Gaines’ exit will be explained in the upcoming fifth season, which has not been written because of the 2023 WGA strike, or whether Davalos will be invited back to wrap up her character’s arc.

Furthermore, the network has not yet announced any new castings for the fifth season, as there can be some new additions and removals from the show that will be disclosed later by the network. This will simplify the explanation of character descriptions so that viewers may better comprehend their dynamics and learn more about those characters in the next season. Last but not least, FBI: Most Wanted was created by René Balcer and produced by Wolf Entertainment. Until these specifics are confirmed by official sources, everything pertaining to the cast is merely pure guesswork!

FBI: Most Wanted Season 5 Episodes: What is the official count and where to stream?

Even though the exact episode count for FBI: Most Wanted Season 5 is subject to change due to the ongoing dual strikes. So, there are many chances that the customary 22-episode count might be reduced to 18–20 episodes. We expect it is intended to follow the same count to maintain the story’s flow. We’d also like to point out that the titles and synopsis have not been released, as these details will be revealed once the release date draws closer to avoid any early spoilers of the plotlines. 

Of course! It can only happen if the production is further delayed later this year and the network still wants to release the show by early 2024 in order to be consistent. Since there is another option to make up for the low number of episodes, the network may decide to make the sixth season (if it is ever renewed) a bigger season, which will satisfy the fans and keep the network consistent without significantly lowering the caliber of the content being produced for later release once the release date approaches!

When released, FBI: Most Wanted Season 5 is expected to air on CBS on Tuesday in the 10/9c time slot, just like the prior seasons. The viewers can also catch up with all the seasons of FBI: Most Wanted on Paramount+ or FuboTV. Moreover, the show is also available for renting or purchasing on iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and Vudu, with a vast number of membership plans. It is also available to watch for free on CBS’s official app and website, which are available in selected regions.

FBI: Most Wanted Season 5 is not coming to CBS in September 2023

FBI: Most Wanted Season 5 Frequently Asked Questions

When was FBI: Most Wanted Season 5 renewed?

In May 2022, CBS renewed the series for a fourth and fifth season. FBI: Most Wanted is an American crime drama television series created by René Balcer and produced by Wolf Entertainment that was ordered to series by CBS in May 2019. It is the first spin-off from Dick Wolf’s drama FBI, in whose first season, the characters of the series were introduced. 

What is the production status of FBI: Most Wanted Season 5?

As we know by now, many Hollywood production houses have been put on hold until the dual strikes are able to reach an agreement that is speculated to last until October 2023!

In the recent meeting, The Writers Guild said that the AMPTP’s latest counteroffer  for a new contract “is neither nothing nor nearly enough.” The guild said it “will continue to advocate for proposals that fully address our issues rather than accept half measures like those.” The guild said that “we remain committed to direct negotiations with the companies.” The WGA conceded that the companies had come closer to meeting several of the guild’s demands on several key strike issues. 

FBI: Most Wanted Season 5 is not coming to CBS in September 2023

Where can international viewers stream the series?

Apart from CBS, the international audience can now exclusively stream the show on various platforms, for which the season airs on Tuesday nights in Canada on Global and airs three hours ahead of the CBS broadcast. The show airs on Friday nights at 10 p.m. on Sky Witness in the United Kingdom. Moreover, the show aired on Thursday night at 10:40 p.m. on AXN Asia in Southeast Asia then moved to FOX Asia. These platforms are subject to change in case the license to broadcast the show expires, which will be announced later.

Is there any official promo available?

As mentioned above, the new episodes have not yet been filmed due to incomplete scripts and the network holding up production for a while due to the ongoing dual strikes. Consequently, no official teaser or trailer for the upcoming season has been released due to a lack of content being filmed. Furthermore, it takes time for such promotional stuff to be published, which usually begins a month or two before the premiere of the new episodes.

As a result, the network hasn’t released any new promotional stuff for the fifth season as the release date hasn’t been disclosed yet, and the filming status is neither here nor there, which will take a lot of time for the official promo tour to begin. Moreover, 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. Since then, everything relating to the filming status is likewise uncertain!

Finally, there is a strong possibility that such promotions may be delayed.

While you wait for more updates on FBI: Most Wanted Season 5, catch up with the previous seasons and let us know which season you like the most.