FBI Season 6: Will it arrive in January 2024?

FBI Season 6: Will it arrive in January 2024?
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What new twists and turns does the criminal division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation have on the way for the fans? Continue reading to find out more about FBI Season 6’s potential release date.

If you have been surfing the web for the last few days, then you’ll know that rumors are swirling and the anticipation for the series return has reached a fever pitch, with many fans left questioning, “Will FBI Season 6 officially make its return in January 2024 or not?” The answer to this burning query lies in the hands of the show creators and network executives. While they have remained tight-lipped about the specifics, we at Web News Observer have compiled all the subtle hints that suggest a new season is indeed on the horizon.  

As fans eagerly speculate about what the next chapter will hold, one thing is for certain: the anticipation for the show’s return has reached unprecedented levels. 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 sixth 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!  

In short, it’s time to buckle up and get ready to know all about CBS’s FBI Season 6.

FBI Season 6: Will it arrive in January 2024?

FBI Season 6 Release Date Updates: When will it return to CBS?

Let’s get straight to the point: Ever since the beloved series was renewed for its much-awaited sixth season, a lot has happened behind the scenes, which has caused a major shift in the release date of the new season. Hence, after evaluating the current status of the production, we can assure the readers that there is no chance that the series will make its comeback in 2023! We say this with a bit of certainty, as it is not a secret that CBS has undergone a major change in its 2023–24 fall broadcast schedule, which was confirmed earlier and promised to be jam-packed with entertainment!

Sadly, the ongoing dual strike, which includes the 2023 WGA strike along with the 2023 SAG-AFTRA strike, which hasn’t reached any agreement yet, has caused many leading networks to take a step forward by revising their entire fall schedule by shifting the release dates for many scripted shows, including FBI Season 6, 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 strikes are resolved, which are expected to last until October 2023!

Due to this, it has become very hard to predict the most accurate schedule for when the filming will commence once the strike concludes, let alone an official premiere date. So, for your consideration, we are certain in making our best assumption that the beloved series is most likely to premiere sometime around early 2024, which will be the first quarter (January, February, and March) of the broadcast schedule with the new episodes airing at the same time slot every Tuesday night at 8 p.m. on a weekly basis on CBS and later available to stream on Paramount Plus.

The proposed January 2024 release date will only be ideal and bound to happen if production begins by November 2023. Otherwise, there is no chance it will premiere this early on as the writing of the new season’s scripts hasn’t even commenced yet, which will cause further delays in the production. As a result, we can assure the readers that there is little to no chance that FBI Season 6 will be back in the first month of 2024! On the other hand, Deadline recently ran a piece in which it offered an alternate release month 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, heart-pounding action, and unforgettable moments from the prior seasons that have aired over the last few years. 

FBI Season 6 Plot: What to expect in the new season?

Due to an early two-season pickup, not much has been disclosed about the plot, but the new season will definitely explore the inner workings of the New York office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. First-class agents, including Maggie Bell and Omar Adom “OA” Zidan, bring all of their talents, intellect, and technical expertise to tenaciously investigate cases of tremendous magnitude, including terrorism, organized crime, and counterintelligence, to keep New York and the country safe.

“Everybody who works on these three shows is over the moon about the multi-year pickups,” added Dick Wolf, executive producer and FBI brand creator. “We are all incredibly grateful to CBS and our partners at Universal Television and CBS Studios. And I personally would like to thank the incredible casts, talented writers, and dedicated producers, not to mention the three crews who never missed an air date despite the difficulties of producing full seasons during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“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.”

Lastly, even though there is so much silence about the exact plot, there is no doubt that the new season will continue the plot and character arcs from the finale episode, “God Complex,” of the fifth season, in which the viewers got to see that when a prominent doctor is found dead in a ritualistic slaying, the team must race against time to hunt down a religiously motivated serial killer. Later, the viewers see Scola face a life-or-death decision. 

Take a look at the official promo of the final episode of FBI Season 5 below: 

FBI 5x23 Promo "God Complex" (HD) Season Finale | 100th Episode

FBI Season 6 Cast: Who will return to reprise their roles?

The main cast members who are expected to return are as follows: Missy Peregrym as Special Agent Maggie Bell, Zeeko Zaki as Special Agent Omar Adom “OA” Zidan, John Boyd as Special Agent Stuart Scola, Katherine Renee Turner as Special Agent Tiffany Wallace, Alana De La Garza as Special Agent in Charge Isobel Castille, and Jeremy Sisto as Assistant Special Agent in Charge Jubal Valentine. The series is produced by Wolf Entertainment, CBS Studios, and Universal Television. 

In addition to this, the recurring cast who are also speculated to return for the new season includes Taylor Anthony Miller as Kelly Moran, Vedette Lim as Elise Taylor, James Chen as Ian Lim, Shantel VanSanten as Special Agent Nina Chase, Roshawn Franklin as Agent Trevor Hobbs, Mara Davi as Samantha Kelton, Caleb Reese Paul as Tyler Kelton, and Emily Donahoe as CIA Rep Anne Potter. Moreover, Dick Wolf, Arthur W. Forney, Peter Jankowski, and Turk serve as executive producers.

There can be some new additions and removals from the cast if the show creators want to expand the plotlines, which will be confirmed later once the release date for the new season is disclosed by the CBS network. Until then, everything relating to the casting announcement is a rumor until verified by official sources. 

FBI Season 6 Official Episode Count: How many will be there, and where to stream them?

When renewed, the series was given a standard 21 to 22 episode count with an average duration of approximately 44 minutes, premiering on a weekly basis. Due to cost-cutting or ongoing 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 sixth season earlier rather than stretching the plot unnecessarily just for the sake of premiering the episodes. 

So, the chances of the official episode count decreasing aren’t far-fetched, as the network might decide to air a shorter season which will be a direct result of the ongoing strikes. After all, there is no chance that any major network like CBS will rush to produce all the episodes in such a short time frame when the scripts are not even completed, which can cause major chaos on the sets. 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, FBI is also available for renting or purchase on Amazon Instant Video and Vudu, with a vast number of membership plans according to user preferences. The program also airs on Global on Tuesday nights in Canada. Moreover, the series is also shown on Sky Witness in the UK. In Southeast Asia, the show airs on Thursdays at 9:45 p.m. on AXN Asia.

FBI Season 6: Will it arrive in January 2024?

FBI Season 6 Frequently Asked Questions

When was the series renewed for FBI Season 6?

Back in May 2022, CBS renewed the series for a fifth and sixth season. The fifth season premiered all the episodes on September 20, 2022, and concluded its run on May 23, 2023.

Is there any promo available for FBI Season 6?

As of writing this, 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 in the month of August if the series wants 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 status is neither here nor there. Due to this, the network hasn’t released any new promos for the seventh season as filming hasn’t commenced, leaving a lot of time for the official marketing to begin. 

Moreover, in the recent meeting, the AMPTP released details of what it calls a “comprehensive package” to address scribes’ concerns, which 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.” 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.

Is the FBI available on Netflix?

The series is not now available on Netflix, so anybody hoping for it on the streaming giant is sure to be let down. But on the bright side, Hulu + Live TV offers live streaming of the most recent “FBI” episodes, which is ideal for international audiences who have access to Hulu.

While you wait for more FBI Season 6 updates, catch up on previous seasons to recall all the plotlines that have happened so far.