FBI: Most Wanted Season 5: Will the new season return in January 2024?

FBI: Most Wanted Season 5: Will the new season return in January 2024?
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What is the potential release date for the highly anticipated FBI: Most Wanted Season 5? Here is everything we know so far. 

As fans eagerly await the return of their favorite crime drama, “FBI: Most Wanted,” anticipation is running high! With four successful seasons under its belt, the show has captivated audiences worldwide. However, as the clock ticks closer to the end of 2023, the burning question on everyone’s mind is whether the highly anticipated fifth season will make its grand debut. With major speculation swirling and theories circulating, let’s delve into what we can expect from the upcoming season.   

As we address the rumors that float across the fanbase, “Will the new season officially make its comeback in January 2024?” 

So, if you want to know more about the next chapter, then we can assure you that you have reached the right place to get all your answers about the potential release date of the much-anticipated fifth season, which we definitely think is going to captivate the audience once again, just like the prior seasons were able to do so with so much potential, which the fans truly deserve to see! So, it’s time to buckle up and get ready to know all about CBS’s FBI: Most Wanted Season 5.

FBI: Most Wanted Season 5: Will the new season return in January 2024?

FBI: Most Wanted Season 5 Release Date Updates: 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: Will the new season return in January 2024?

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! But on the bright side, there is still a little hope left to arrive much sooner!  

In the recent meeting, studios have offered new proposals to end Hollywood strikes on a day of union national solidarity for the writers’ guild and the actors’ union. The AMPTP tonight suddenly released details of what it calls a “comprehensive package” to address scribes’ concerns. The tabled proposal offers details on residuals, AI, writers’ rooms, and perhaps most strikingly, a new attitude toward transparency in metrics from the streamers. In terms of cold hard cash, the AMPTP is exclaiming that this is an “offer that represents the highest wage increase for writers in 35 years.”

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. So, 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: Will the new season return in January 2024?

Finally, to address the most raging question: We can assure you that the January 2024 release date may be most effective only if production begins later this year, maybe by November 2023. Otherwise, there is no chance it will premiere this early on, as 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 earlier this year in April 2023, it is too early to predict future plotlines, but 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: Will the new season return in January 2024?

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 episode teaser trailer 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?

The main cast members who are expected to return in the new season 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: Will the new season return in January 2024?

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.

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: Will the new season return in January 2024?

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. 

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.