Following another tragic school shooting, CBS decided to not air the season four finale of FBI. The crime drama was scheduled to air in its regular time slot on Tuesday, the same day that Texas Governor Greg Abbott confirmed that a gunman opened fire on students and teachers at Robb Elementary School. Located about 85 miles west of San Antonio, the Uvalde, Texas shooting left at least 19 children and two adults dead, according to local police.
Titled “Prodigal Son,” the FBI season finale contained a premise that mirrored real-life events a little too closely, Deadline reports. Written by showrunner Rick Eid and directed by Alex Chapple, the story followed the team’s investigation of a deadly robbery that garnered a cache of automatic weapons for a group of killers. They soon discover that one of the perpetrators is a classmate of Jubal’s son, who is reluctant to cooperate with the case. All of this culminates in the team racing to prevent a school shooting.
In place of the FBI season finale, CBS broadcast a rerun of episode 12, which originally aired in February. It is still unclear whether the episode will be seen in the future. The pulled episode probably wasn’t noticed by a lot of people, since most were glued to Governor Abbot’s media briefing. Addressing the country, he described the 18-year-old gunman’s terrifying crime, “He shot and killed, horrifically, incomprehensibly, 14 students and killed a teacher,” Abbott said, referencing the death toll at the time. A few weeks before the incident, another gunman killed ten people of color at a supermarket in Buffalo. New York authorities have since termed it a hate crime, The Hollywood Reporter says.
While the FBI season finale was skipped over, CBS still aired the season finales of the popular spin-off series’ – FBI: Most Wanted and FBI: International. Created by Wolf and Craig Turk, the flagship series follows the inner workings of the New York office criminal division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). This elite team combines their talents, intellect, and technical expertise to solve major cases, thereby keeping the city and country safe. The popular, fast-paced drama features an ensemble cast including Missy Peregrym, Zeeko Zaki, Jeremy Sisto, Alana De La Garza, John Boyd, and Katherine Renee Turner.
During its four-season run, FBI has been popular with fans and has managed to attract a large following. The first season still has an approval rating of 63% approval rating on the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes. At the time of its release, the platform’s critical consensus praised the compelling cast and described the show as an adrenaline-spiking spectacle. While some viewers may find the series a little stale due to its overly familiar storylines, others might enjoy it for the same reason. The show hails from Wolf Entertainment and Universal Television, in association with CBS Studios. Wolf, Eid, Chapple, Arthur W. Forney, and Peter Jankowski also serve as executive producers. Before the finale, the series was renewed for a fifth and sixth season.