Dick Wolf’s ‘FBI’ Spinoff Finds Its Lead in Julian McMahon

“Runaways” star will appear in an “FBI” episode this spring

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Dick Wolf’s spinoff of “FBI” has found its lead in Julian McMahon.

The potential series, titled “FBI: Most Wanted,” will get a backdoor pilot during an upcoming episode of “FBI” this spring. The spinoff is centered around the division of the FBI tasked with tracking and capturing the notorious criminals on the FBI’s Most Wanted list.

McMahon will play Jess LaCroix, an “agent’s agent” who is at the top of his game, and oversees the team from the FBI’s Most Wanted Unit, which is assigned the most extreme and egregious cases. McMahon most recently appeared in “Marvel’s Runaways” on Hulu where he played the villainous alien Jonah.

“Most Wanted” was given a series commitment, which means that CBS would have to pay out a large sum to Wolf and Universal TV if the series is not picked up.

Wolf will write the script with Rene Balcer, with Arthur W. Forney and Peter Jankowski serving as executive producers. Fred Berner will direct. As with “FBI,” the spinoff will be a co-production between Universal Television and CBS Television Studios. Wolf has an overall deal with Universal TV, which produces his “Chicago” franchise and “Law & Order: SVU” for NBC.

“Most Wanted” won’t even be the only Wolf-produced spinoff to get a backdoor pilot this season. Wolf is also developing a new “Law & Order” that will follow the Hate Crimes unit, which will get its own launch pad during an episode of “SVU” this year.