According to a report from Deadline, the Person of Interest alum, who more recently worked on Taken, is now set to be the showrunner on CBS’ much-anticipated crime series FBI from Dick Wolf. Craig Turk has stepped down from his post as showrunner / executive producer over creative differences. Filming on FBI is slated to begin next week in New York and all early indications are that this is not going to play a significant role in production.
Basically, what this move shows more than anything else is that CBS, as a network, is reasonably committed to a very specific vision that they have for this show and they, in part with other producers, feel like Plageman can deliver that. It’s no slight on Turk as it just is a difference of opinion. CBS also likely knows that they do have a lot on the line with this series, given that it is coming on after NCIS on the schedule and that is one of the best lead-ins that is out there. What is interesting to us about this show is that, on paper, it’s not exactly giving you the biggest twist on the crime-show format in the world. It’s yet another series about an organization bent on stopping crime. Yet, we know that Dick Wolf has been eager to do an FBI series for some time set at the New York office and that his production company has done a lot of research there — they even released a docu-series in the past that looked into the office’s inner workings! This is a show that, in the end, feels right up Wolf Films’ alley and should be a perfect fit at CBS. Whether or not it actually turns out to be remains to be seen.
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