They don’t bring justice to the most wanted, they bring the most wanted to justice. That is the main objective of the FBI’s special task force in the brand-new series FBI: Most Wanted, which adds the thrill of the chase to Wednesday night viewing from 16 September on M-Net (DStv 101) at 21:00.
FBI: Most Wanted comes from the mind of TV franchise king Dick Wolf (who brought us the Law & Order and Chicago series). It’s a spin-off series from the flagship show FBI, which has captivated audiences with their single-case, action-packed episodes since 2018.
In Most Wanted, the primary focus is catching the criminals on the FBI’s Most Wanted list. These are the most dangerous, the most elusive, and the most high-profile criminals in the US. In order to find them, you need a strong leader – and they don’t come more intuitive than Agent Jess LaCroix (Julian McMahon), who has the ability to see things others don’t and connect the dots by forming a mental profile of their target.
It’s all in the detail
“He is a fascinating individual and character to play,” says Australian-born actor Julian, best known for his role as Dr Christian Troy in the medical drama Nip/Tuck. “He’s a bit of a genius with the ability to calculate circumstances, situations and people, to see crime scenes, put things together and, most of all, see things that other agents don’t.”
The devil is in the details, and Agent LaCroix isn’t scared to meet the devil head on. His job is to draw a big red X across a criminal’s face on the Most Wanted list after apprehending them and moving on to the next criminal. There’s no such thing as resting between cases and that’s evident from episode 1 when Jess hustles his team at every step of the way, from prepping his agents, through to interrogating their suspect and finally cuffing them.
A single father
Behind these extraordinary investigative abilities, Jess is also a single father to his daughter, Tali (Yaya Gosselin). While she understands the importance of her father’s job, she’s still mourning the death of her mother two years previously – she was in the US Army and serving military tours in Afghanistan. Jess loves Tali very much, but “he too is struggling to find a balance between raising an 11-year-old and doing his job with the FBI,” explains Julian. But there is progress in finding that balance as the episodes play out. “There are a few great elements in this show, and one of them which I really enjoyed is the development of the relationship between Jess and his daughter, even though their scenes together are quite short, there is still a huge impact that they have on one another,” adds Julian.
“When you get the opportunity to slip into shoes that aren’t yours, it’s a lot of fun because you’re being consistently challenged,” says Julian. And going from delicate surgeon Dr Troy, to pulling on Agent LaCroix’s heavy work boots and strapping on his badge and gun has been one of the greatest challenges of Julian’s career.
“Jess is a great character to portray,” says Julian. But he wouldn’t be anything without the support of his team that includes Special Agents Sheryll Barnes (Roxy Sternberg), Kenny Crosby (Kellan Lutz), Clinton Skye (Nathaniel Arcand) and FBI Analyst Hana Gibson (Keisha Castle-Hughes). “They are a family, and as the show evolves, the five agents also grow and go on a journey where relationships are built and tested.”
Besides the importance of the team and having each other’s back, viewers can also look forward to some knock-out action scenes, especially when Kenny gets involved – he’s a Marine suffering post-traumatic stress disorder and he can get a little “too” rough in stopping the team’s targets.
Watch FBI: Most Wanted S1, Wednesdays from 16 September on M-Net (DStv 101) at 21:00 or on Catch Up