'FBI' EP Says Dick Wolf Series Tells a Very Different Story From 'Law & Order'

Ileane Rudolph
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Dick Wolf is highlighting his next group of heroes. The überproducer who’s chronicled the lives of police and prosecutors (the Law & Order franchise, Chicago P.D.), first responders (Chicago Fire), and doctors (Chicago Med) turns his focus to the New York office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in FBI.

"FBI is the biggest show we’ve done. It’s more timely, fast-moving and very impactful," notes executive producer Peter Jankowski, Wolf’s longtime collaborator. "It’s not the local police, so stories will be dealing with more global issues. Dick said, 'If we can tell the story on a Law & Order, we don’t want to tell it here.'"

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The series kicks off with a bang — literally — as the Feds hunt for the culprit behind a brownstone explosion that results in a heartbreaking fatality. Among the good guys fighting against terrorism: special agents Maggie Bell (Missy Peregrym) and Omar Adom “OA” Zidan (Zeeko Zaki).

Bell, a widow, comes from a family of law enforcement officers, while Zidan is a West Point graduate and former DEA agent who happens to be Muslim. As on Wolf’s other series, the Feds’ rich personal stories will also be explored when they get down to business.

FBI, Series Premiere, Tuesday, September 25, 9/8c, CBS

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