11:00am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'FBI': Dick Wolf's CBS Drama Changes Showrunners Again
Dick Wolf's FBI has aired as many episodes as it has changed showrunners.
Greg Plageman is departing as showrunner on the CBS rookie procedural. Chicago duo Rick Eid and Derek Haas have replaced Plageman, who took over the drama from original showrunner Craig Turk.
Plageman was brought in to right the ship following Turk's departure in late July. Turk, who wrote the pilot, stepped down after creative differences on the procedural, which also underwent some recasting after the pilot. Person of Interest's Plageman returned to CBS to get the Universal Television-produced series back on track and has now exited so he may focus on his own development for the studio. Eid and Haas will serve as co-showrunners on FBI in addition to running NBC's Wolf-produced Chicago PD and Chicago Fire, respectively.
Haas and Eid are veteran Wolf Entertainment showrunners. Haas has worked on all four of Wolf's Chicago procedurals, including the since-canceled Chicago Justice. Eid's credits also include Wolf's Law & Order: SVU, Law & Order and Law & Order: Trial by Jury.
FBI, which aired its third episode Tuesday night, has been a respectable performer out of the gate for CBS. The series, which marks Wolf's return to the network after it originally developed and passed on Law & Order, has averaged a 1.2 in the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demo and 9.4 million total viewers through two episodes. FBI retained 93 percent of its premiere week audience and topped NBC juggernaut This Is Us by 7 percent. The series is a co-production between Wolf-based Universal Television and CBS TV Studios.
Eid and Haas are both repped by WME.