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FBI’s Zeeko Zaki and Katherine Renee Kane Reflect on the Three-Season Pickup

June 4, 2024 by  

FBI three season pickup

“No One Left Behind” – The team is thrown into a highly political case after four members of the Taliban are shot and one is kidnapped in New York with no record of their entrance into the country. Having served in the U.S. Army, this case hits close to home for OA, who struggles to open up to Gemma about his past in Afghanistan, on FBI, Tuesday, May 7 (8:00-9:00 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): John Boyd as Special Agent Stuart Scola, Katherine Renee Kane as Special Agent Tiffany Wallace, and Zeeko Zaki as Special Agent Omar Adom ‘OA’ Zidan. Photo: Bennett Raglin/CBS ©2024 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

After an unconventional network television season—dual strikes delaying the start of production and most shows airing between 10-13 installments—FBI got a big vote of confidence for its future: The series got a three-season pickup, taking its run through (at least) season 9. 

“Oh my God, I couldn’t believe it,” Zeeko Zaki, who plays OA on the CBS drama, tells Give Me My Remote, still sounding shell-shocked. “I honestly was just…you know, to me, it validates every single person that is involved’s hard work, and it validates the audience—just everybody that’s a part of it because you can’t get a three-season pick up alone. We have definitely tried to create a familiar show, a crime procedural, and do it in a way that we feel elevated. And just to get that validation for everybody that wakes up super early and stands outside in the freezing cold every day [to make the episodes], it’s just been such a gift.”

“It’s really fantastic,” Katherine Renee Kane, who plays Tiffany, adds. “I think I often have to let it sink in what that means—that people really love the show. When I walk down the street and I see somebody who is like, ‘Hey, Tiffany,’ I’m like, oh, right, people watch the show and I’m on the show. So it’s a really good feeling. It’s really humbling. And it absolutely makes me want to go and dig deeper every time.”

Zaki, who has been with the show since the first episode, also acknowledges some of his joy over the show’s continued success is extremely personal. “I’m just so excited because our show has an Arab American lead—an Arab American Muslim lead,” he points out. “And just getting to show that that works, getting to show that the audience and the viewers can relate to somebody from a different religious background has been, I think, the biggest thing that I’ve been proud of the show. And so getting the three-season pickup is just showing us all that it’s working, whatever we’re doing.”

FBI, Tuesdays, 8/7c, CBS


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