CBS ANNOUNCES NOVEMBER AIRDATES AND LOGLINES FOR NEW SERIES OF CASES FOR "FBI TRUE," TO AIR BEGINNING TUESDAY, NOV. 7
Cases Spotlighted Include the Ruby Ridge Standoff with Never-Before-Seen Footage, the Hunt for Spy Robert Hanssen, the Times Square Bomber, Operation Knockout, the Disappearance of Chyenne Kircher and More
Docuseries' New 10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT Timeslot Begins Tuesday, Nov. 14
CBS today announced the November airdates and loglines for the first four never-before-seen episodes of FBI TRUE, a docuseries that takes viewers into some of the most significant and astonishing cases in FBI history through the eyes of the agents who were there. FBI TRUE will begin airing the original episodes on Tuesday, Nov. 7 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)*. The Nov. 7 episode will be broadcast 9:01-10:00 PM, ET/PT; as of Nov. 14, the docuseries' new airtime each Tuesday is 10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT.
FBI TRUE pulls no punches as the agents share emotional stories with each other. They relive the heart-stopping moments of their biggest cases, revealing new details of how they foiled major criminal and terrorist plots. Each week, FBI TRUE will introduce audiences to courageous agents who took great personal risks in the line of duty. Each episode will either focus on a single case or two cases where agents had to make hair-trigger decisions when lives hung in the balance.
FBI TRUE's format features legendary FBI Special Agents, who sit down with their fellow agents to share their stories over coffee or beer. Loglines and airdates for the never-before-seen November episodes of FBI TRUE follow:
TUESDAY, NOV. 7 (9:01-10:00 PM, ET/PT)**Two Back-to-Back Cases Comprise the Full Hour
"Operation Knockout: The Biggest Takedown" - After a Deputy Sheriff is murdered in 2005 by a Latino gang (Varrio Hawaiian Gardens), the FBI leads a task force made up of over 40 federal, state and local enforcement agencies in Operation Knockout, the biggest anti-gang operation in U.S. history. The street gang was known for drug dealing, extortion and hate-motivated attacks against African Americans, and by the early 2000s they had been terrorizing the California city of Hawaiian Gardens for decades. Former Special Agent Maureen O'Connell (25-year veteran who worked white collar crimes, violent street gangs and major narcotics), Gary Sloan (homicide investigator and gang detective for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department for 11 years) and Michael S. Lowe (prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney's offices in Eastern Pennsylvania and Central District of California in Los Angeles for 25 years) sit down with fellow agent Kristy Kottis to recall their work as part of the biggest anti-gang operation in U.S. history.
"Terror in Times Square: Chasing a Madman" - On May 1, 2010, a T-shirt vendor in Times Square notices a man lighting a truck on fire, and it soon becomes clear the vehicle contains a massive bomb. Panic sets in as tourists flee the area and the NYPD bomb squad gets called in. When the bomb is rendered inert the manhunt begins. The FBI soon determines that the elusive bomber has ties to the Pakistani Taliban, and embarks on a high-speed, high-stakes hunt to catch the bomber before he can flee the country or strike again. Peter Licata (one of the FBI's top bomb experts who dealt with more than 300 Improvised Explosive Devices on missions to Iraq and led the Weapons of Mass Destruction Squad for New York City in 2010), former Supervisory Special Agent for the New York Domestic Terrorism Squad Greg Ehrie (recruited from the U.S. Air Force to join the FBI working organized crime and intelligence cases) and Richard Frankel (got his start in the FBI investigating the infamous Gambino crime family, moved into national security after the 9/11 attacks, and by 2009 was responsible for working domestic terrorist threat cases for the Bureau's New York field office) dive deep with fellow agent Kristy Kottis into the hunt to find the terrorist behind this attack.
TUESDAY, NOV. 14 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT)
"Ruby Ridge: The Real Story" - When a U.S. Deputy Marshal is shot and killed in 1992 while staking out wanted fugitive Randy Weaver on a remote mountaintop in Northern Idaho, the FBI's Hostage Rescue Team (HRT) is called in to arrest the perpetrators. With Weaver and his family holed up inside their cabin, an 11-day armed standoff ensues - with deadly consequences. Former members of the Hostage Rescue Team, Charlie Rasner (an FBI Special Agent who worked domestic terrorism and civil rights cases before joining the HRT where he was awarded the FBI's Shield of Bravery), Jim McGee (who received the Medal of Valor for Exceptional Heroism as a member of the HRT) and Dale Monroe (a former Marine Corps pilot and retired FBI Special Agent who was also awarded the Shield of Bravery) sit down with fellow agent Kristy Kottis to go on the record for the very first time about the tragic siege.
TUESDAY, NOV. 21 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT)
"Hunting Hanssen: America's Deadliest Traitor" - When Debra Smith (34-year FBI veteran who was the head of the Russian Counterintelligence Squad in Washington, D.C.) discovers the identity of a mole within the ranks of the FBI in 2001, Eric O'Neill, an FBI investigative specialist, is sent undercover - inside FBI Headquarters - to unearth information on Robert Hanssen, who would be revealed as the most damaging spy in FBI history, having sold vital national secrets to the Russians for decades. O'Neill had to win Hanssen's trust to find out the extent of the damage done and help the FBI catch him in the act so they could bring him to justice for his years of espionage and betrayal. The assignment soon becomes dangerous with life-and-death stakes. O'Neill and his undercover supervisor, Rich Garcia, (an FBI Special Agent for 25 years who went undercover with a Colombian drug cartel and a legendary section chief at FBI Headquarters) open up to fellow agent Kristy Kottis about their first-hand experience with Hanssen.
TUESDAY, NOV. 28 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT)
"The Disappearance of Chyenne Kircher" - In October 2011, 14-year-old Chyenne Kircher disappears from her small-town Illinois home and a runaway note is found. When the FBI joins forces with police to help find her, they discover a winding trail that leads from Chyenne's own home to a shocking YouTube video that suggests horrific foul play. As investigators turn their attention to Chyenne's family, they suddenly find themselves face-to-face with the prime suspect in her disappearance. Casey Folks (a 29-year veteran of the Jo Daviess County Sheriff's Office who investigates everything from fraud to crimes against children to murder), Wayne Jackowski (an accountant-turned-agent stationed at the FBI's Rockford, Ill., office for 10 years investigating financial crimes, bank robberies, human trafficking and murder) and Kim Castro (a second-generation agent who spent her first decade in the Bureau working international terrorism before joining the Violent Crimes Against Children Task Force for the FBI's Chicago office) dive deep with fellow agent Kristy Kottis about their work on this emotional case.
About FBI TRUE
FBI TRUE is from executive producers Craig Turk's Thinking Hat Productions, Anne Beagan's Anne Beagan Productions and Shawn Efran's Efran Films Canada. Turk is co-creator of CBS' hit drama FBI, Beagan is a veteran FBI Special Agent-turned-producer and Efran is an award-winning former 60 MINUTES producer. Twelve-time Emmy winner Solly Granatstein is the showrunner and, along with Azadeh De Leon, an executive producer. The docuseries is being made in association with CBS and Paramount Global's SEE IT NOW STUDIOS. Susan Zirinsky is president and Terence Wrong is senior executive producer.
About See It Now Studios
See It Now Studios develops and produces original documentaries and docuseries for Paramount+, CBS, the Paramount Global television networks, international providers and third-party platforms. Since launching in September 2021, See It Now Studios has produced the highly acclaimed Sean Penn-directed documentary on the Ukraine: SUPERPOWER and such projects as News and Documentary Emmy nominees 11 MINUTES and WATERGATE: HIGH CRIMES IN THE WHITE HOUSE, the Mandy Patinkin-narrated series INDIVISIBLE: HEALING HATE, and FBI TRUE, NEVER SEEN AGAIN, THE GIFT: KINDNESS GOES VIRAL WITH STEVE HARTMAN, RACE AGAINST TIME: THE CIA AND 9/11, THE 26th STREET GARAGE: THE FBI'S UNTOLD STORY OF 9/11, SECRETS OF THE OLIGARCH WIVES, and GHISLAINE: PARTNER IN CRIME, and interview specials with Halle Berry, Chris Rock and Prince Harry. Susan Zirinsky is the president of See It Now Studios. Susan Zirinsky, and Terence Wrong are the executive producers.
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About Efran Films Canada Inc
Efran Films Canada produces FBI TRUE and NEVER SEEN AGAIN, the top two docuseries on Paramount+. Solly Granatstein is the showrunner and an executive producer. Azadeh de Leon is an executive producer and the general manager.
*Paramount+ with SHOWTIME subscribers will have access to stream live via the live feed of their local CBS affiliate on the service, as well as on demand. Paramount+ Essential subscribers will not have the option to stream live, but will have access to on-demand the day after the episode airs.