‘FBI’ & ‘Most Wanted’ EP on the Dos & Don’ts of the First Crossover
DO meld the casts
Fans want to see their favorite characters “interact and start to coalesce into a family,” says Jankowski. In this instance, Most Wanted‘s Fugitive Task Force leader Jess LaCroix (Julian McMahon) gets on the case with the FBI’s New York City office because the suspect is a white supremacist he captured years earlier.
In the second hour, FBI special agent OA (Zeeko Zaki, above right, with McMahon) assists the task force as they try to rescue Jess’s daughter Tali (YaYa Gosselin), who is inexplicably taken away by ICE.
DON’T shortchange anyone
“You have to give both shows their due and, like with Lego, [make sure] the pieces fit exactly right.”
DO use what you know
DO allow the writers input on both shows
This is crucial when it comes to dialogue and remaining true to characters. For example, “the voice of Jess from the second hour needs to be the same voice that it is in the first hour,” the exec producer explains. “That gets tricky.”
DON’T go to that well too often
“When you do crossovers, you’ve got to make them count,” Jankowski emphasizes. “This may sound strange coming from us, but you can do too many of them.” Fans, however, might disagree.
FBI–FBI: Most Wanted Crossover, Tuesday, March 24, 9/8c, CBS