Shantel VanSanten joins ‘FBI: Most Wanted’ Season 5

Shantel VanSanten will be starring in ‘FBI: Most Wanted’ for Season 5
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The fifth season of the much-loved crime drama television series created by René Balcer is scheduled to premiere next year on Tuesday, February 13, 2024 (10-11 p.m., ET/PT) on CBS. Since the official release date has been confirmed, loyal viewers are ready to explore the next chapter in order to relentlessly track and capture the notorious and dangerous criminals on the FBI’s Most Wanted list, with a focus on their work with the FBI’s New York Fugitive Task Force. 

This team has created a separate fan base for themselves within the “FBI” franchise, and it looks like another member will soon be joining the team from its mothership series. New reports have confirmed that the network has decided to move Shantel VanSanten from FBI to FBI: Most Wanted for the latter show’s fifth season. VanSanten, 38, actress and model, will make her official return to the series as she is all set to reprise the role of Special Agent Nina Chase. 

For being the first spin-off from Dick Wolf’s drama FBI, Nina Chase will grace the television screens by being the much-loved FBI Special Agent who temporarily fills in for Maggie after she is exposed to sarin gas in the line of duty. She is also an undercover agent and, as of FBI Season 5, is in a relationship with fellow FBI agent Stuart Scola (John Boyd) as they raise their infant son Douglas together.

In addition to this, VanSanten will be joining the cast following Alexa Davalos’ as Special Agent Kristin Gaines, exit from FBI: Most Wanted, which Deadline reported exclusively back in August. According to many inside sources, Davalos’ departure from the show was amicable. However, it is pretty much unclear how her exit will be explained in the upcoming fifth season. Many fans still speculate that her character would be invited back to wrap up her character’s arc with a proper concluding arc.

The series also stars 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. On the other hand, Dick Wolf, David Hudgins, Ken Girotti, Terry Miller, Dylan McDermott, Arthur W. Forney, and Peter Jankowski are executive producers of the series, with David Hudgins as the showrunner.

FBI: Most Wanted is produced by Wolf Entertainment and Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group, in association with CBS Studios. 

The official synopsis of the series reads as follows: 

“From Emmy Award winner Dick Wolf and the team behind “FBI” and the “Law & Order” franchise, “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.”

All the new episodes will air on CBS every Tuesday at the same time slot of (10-11 p.m., ET/PT), just like the prior seasons. The viewers can also catch up with all the four 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.

If you don’t have access to the content because of geo-blocking, we recommend trying out any suitable VPN to stream the series.