CBS spinoff series spends much of its time on location
Q: The latest of executive producer Dick Wolf’s drama series, “FBI: Most Wanted” has performed strongly since its January debut. Did you expect the show to be so successful?
A: I don’t think there is any guarantee of success in this world, but Dick’s pretty close to the type of guarantee that you can get in this business, so I’m very proud to be a part of it. This cast is fantastic, and I mean it sincerely. I know that’s kind of cliche and we hear that a lot, but we have a pretty extraordinary cast here that invest themselves every day in this product, and it’s pretty impressive.
It’s a challenging environment to work out in New York City, particularly if you’re a Californian. It’s either hot and sweaty or freezing cold, and (even then,) you’re still sweaty because you’ve got so much on. It’s a road show on the screen, but it’s also a road show as actors. We kind of truck into places and take them over for a little bit. All these environments that we work in are pretty extraordinary and extreme in some kind of circumstance, whether it’s weather or location, so it’s challenging … and I can’t imagine having a better group of guys and girls to do it with.
Q: Have any experiences particularly stood out for you in working outdoors for the series?
A: I don’t know if you’ve ever been in a squall, but they’re super-fun. It looks pretty spectacular on camera, because we had this whole SWAT team come in. We’re coming into this house, and the whole thing is covered in this kind of snowy, windy, squally thing that would cost $100 million anywhere else. So, it kind of adds to the element of why it is that we’re doing it. It is challenging as an actor and, therefore, challenging for the character.
Jay Bobbin has decades of experience covering the television and movie businesses, winning Tribune Media Services’ Crown Jewel Award in 2008 for his performance in the company. Over those many years of interviewing and writing, he has spoken with everyone from Robert De Niro and John Travolta to Paul McCartney and Tony Bennett … from Meryl Streep and Julie Andrews to Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.