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‘FBI: International’: Premiere date, cast and everything else we know about the CBS series

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FBI: International is part of CBS’  planned expansion for the upcoming fall TV series of its crime-based universe. The third iteration of the network’s FBI franchise, FBI: International joins NCIS: Hawai’i and CSI: Las Vegas as new shows carrying on the mantle of popular CBS shows. 

Dick Wolf created the FBI franchise, which includes the original FBI and FBI: Most Wanted, but FBI: International will feature a creative team that includes Derek Haas (who wrote the first episode), Matt Olmstead and Michael Katleman. Haas and Olmstead created NBC’s Chicago Fire.

FBI: International will kick off its series run in a big way, but before we get into that, here is everything we know about FBI: International.

What is the premise of ‘FBI: International’?

The FBI is America’s most famous federal law enforcement agency, and the series at CBS are covering a wide range of the things that it deals with. While FBI focuses on the agency’s New York office and FBI: Most Wanted is about capturing the agency’s most dangerous wanted criminals, FBI: International will be, as the name suggests, a globe-trotting series.

FBI: International will focus on an elite team of agents as they travel the world with the mission of protecting American citizens wherever they may be. It should make for some fun episodes in a number of unique locales (it is shot in Budapest, Hungary).

Who is in the ‘FBI: International’ cast?

The actors who make up the FBI: International cast will include Luke Kleintank (The Man in the High Castle) as the head of the team, Heida Reed (Poldark) as his second-in-command and Vinessa Vidotto (Lucifer, Hacks) as another team member.

That trio was announced by TVLine, and are the only three confirmed cast members for the new series; though German actress Christiane Paul is listed by IMDb as being in the pilot. 

When does ‘FBI: International’ air?

Following FBI: International's debut as part of a three episode crossover with FBI and FBI: Most Wanted, starting Sept. 28, FBI: International will move to its regular position in the CBS lineup on Tuesdays at 9 p.m., sandwiched between its two sister shows.

As a new series, FBI: International is getting its chance to air on traditional broadcast rather than being immediately placed on ViacomCBS' streaming service Paramount Plus. Instead, former CBS broadcast series SEAL Team and Evil have made the move over to Paramount Plus.

UPDATE 10/11: FBI: International has been given a full-season order by CBS, per Variety.

Is there an ‘FBI: International’ trailer?

CBS gave fans a big taste of what Tuesdays will be like this year with a promo for all three of its FBI shows. This obviously included the first look at FBI: International. Watch the promo trailer below.

How to watch 'FBI: International'

FBI: International will air on CBS, which as one of the four major broadcast TV networks is available in all U.S. markets and from all cable/satellite pay-TV providers. Even if you do not have a cable/satellite subscription, you can access your local CBS station live either through a TV antenna or a live TV streaming service, including Fubo TVHulu with Live TV and YouTube TV.

Viewers can also stream episodes of FBI: International live if they subscribe to the $9.99 version of Paramount Plus, which provides a subscribers local CBS station. If you subscribe to the $4.99 version, the latest episodes of FBI: International will be available for streaming the next-day after they air on broadcast TV.

Michael Balderston

Michael Balderston is a D.C.-based entertainment writer and content producer for What to Watch. He previously has written for TV Technology and Awards Circuit.