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FBI: MOST WANTED: Edwin Hodge Previews Ray’s Relationship with His Father

February 20, 2024 by  


“Footsteps” – The Fugitive Task Force launches into full gear after multiple bombings appear to be targeting retired NYPD officers. Also, Ray decides he’s ready to take the next step in his relationship with Cora, on FBI: MOST WANTED, Tuesday, Feb. 20 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and streaming on Paramount+ (live and on demand for Paramount+ with SHOWTIME subscribers, or on demand for Paramount+ Essential subscribers the day after the episode airs). Pictured (L-R): Edwin Hodge as Special Agent Ray Cannon and Steven Williams as Ray Cannon Sr. Photo: Mark Schafer/CBS ©2023 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

FBI: MOST WANTED viewers will meet Ray’s (Edwin Hodge) father, Ray Sr. (Steven Williams), on the Tuesday, February 20 hour, “Footsteps”…as the older man gets entangled in the Fugitive Task Force’s case. 

“The relationship between Ray and his father…Ray idolizes his dad,” Hodge tells Give Me My Remote. “He wanted to follow in his footsteps. His father was a field agent in New Orleans and that’s where Ray spent most of his time as a police officer…the relationship is one of respect and admiration.”

And though it’s a case that brings them together on-screen, it was extremely important to Hodge that the duo have a positive relationship beyond that.

“I wanted to make sure that that was the foundation when I sat down in the writers’ room [to talk about this]—I wanted to change the image of the Black father and his Black son,” Hodge says. “We don’t really get a lot of those positive stories and I didn’t even want to sniff at anything negative. My father wasn’t present in my life, but he’s still very much a positive image and figure, no matter what happened. So I wanted to keep it in that realm.”

“Obviously, there’s gonna be some conflict—you can’t have a relationship and not have conflict, but the foundation needed to be strong,” he continues. “So that was the first important part for me. And then what is it about his father that really inspired him? And in the first season that Ray was here, I wanted to show that he was very dedicated to his work, dedicated to the mission, dedicated to his team, to team leader Remy; that at all costs, he was going to get the job done. But then the writers throw a monkey wrench in and here comes Cora. So now we got to show the softer side of Ray and how he does deal with his personal life outside of the business.”

Hodge points out that by establishing strength in both Ray’s relationship with his father and his girlfriend, it also allows them to more naturally showcase moments of weakness, too. “Within this episode, Ray has two weak moments: one with Cora and one with his father,” he previews. “And it’s nice to see how he deals with both of them. He has to deal with Cora from a very personal standpoint, just he and her.”

“With his father it’s personal, but it’s also very much business,” he continues. “And how do you ride that line with your dad, who you’ve admired all these years? We’re now involved with a case where he may have done something wrong. How does that change Junior’s perspective about his father? And does that change anything within him as far as why he’s still doing what he’s doing? So there’s a lot of different layers that we’re able to play with. We’re gonna get to see obviously Cora and my father a lot more throughout the season. But it’s gonna be an interesting story to develop within this world here.”

Off-screen, Hodge is delighted to be sharing the screen with Williams. “I was happy, I’m not gonna lie,” he says with a grin overtaking his face. “When I heard Steven Williams, I looked him up real quick because there’s a lot of Steven Williams in the world…and then immediately when I saw his face, I was excited. I had watched this man’s career all my life.”

“You can get somebody’s vibes sometimes from the characters that they play,” he continues. “I’ve never really seen too many interviews with him, but you can kind of get the intensity, what did he do with his eyes, his body, things of that nature [from his performances]. And within that, I was just very excited because I knew we’d be able to play. I knew we’d be able to just go for some things [on-screen].”

FBI: MOST WANTED, Tuesdays, 10/9c, CBS


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