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Edwin Hodge Teases ‘FBI: Most Wanted’ Wedding as First Photos from Celebration Are Revealed

EXCLUSIVE: Wedding bells will ring in CBS’ Season 5 finale FBI: Most Wanted and everyone is invited. Deadline has a first look at the festivities, which will air on May 21, as well as teasers from series star Edwin Hodge and showrunner David Hudgins below.

In the episode titled “Powderfinger,” written by Hudgins and Wendy West, the Fugitive Task Force attempts to catch the perpetrator who is threatening Manhattan with a dirty bomb. Meanwhile, Ray (Hodge) prepares to celebrate a major milestone in his life as his wedding to Cora (Caroline Harris) approaches.

This season, the show was about who Ray is and where he comes from, with the addition of his father Ray Cannon Sr., played by the legendary Steven Williams, who will return for the wedding. We also learn that Cannon Sr. will have a very special surprise for the bride and groom with ties to their roots.

“We love doing Remy [Dylan McDermott] stories and Dylan always blows them away, but yes, we made a conscious effort to have meatier stories for other characters this season,” Hudgins said via email. “The wedding is fun because everyone except Barnes [Roxy Sternberg] has a plus and it’s great to see the team together outside of work. Cannon’s surprise for Ray at the end is one of my favorite moments in the series so far.”

Hudgins also shared a very important detail about Cannon Sr.’s future: “Steve Williams is so good and absolutely yes – we want him back next season” and about who could potentially walk down the aisle next: “Me bet on Hana.” [Keisha Castle-Hughes] but don’t count Nina [Shantel VanSanten] out of.”

We toast to that!

(L-R): Caroline Harris as Cora Love, Adrienne D. Williams as Esther and Edwin Hodge as Special Agent Ray Cannon.

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Hodge spoke to Deadline on Wednesday about finding out new things about Ray this season, what it was like celebrating the milestone with his co-stars and what planning his upcoming wedding is like in real life Matlock Star Skye P. Marshall helped him prepare for his on-screen “I do.”

DEADLINE: We learned so much more about Ray this season. What was it like getting to know him better?

EDWIN HODGE: As far as Ray’s overall story goes, I was very, very happy with the writers and the direction they took him. We delve a little more into his family life, we get a little more of his father this season and his relationship with Cora and Caleb, their son. In these types of shows, it is very important to limit yourself to showing the cases, crimes, etc. But it’s really, really nice when we can immerse ourselves in the life stories of these characters.

We had Barnes [Roxy Sternberg] shot and on the way to divorce. Remy takes care of his nephew and then maybe finds love himself. We have Hana, who now Perhaps has a new love interest and Nina, who is involved with Scola [John Boyd] and her child. It’s nice to be able to get into the flesh and blood of these people when they don’t have a weapon in their hands.

And when it comes to Ray, we stayed true to our goal of establishing him as both a family man and a law enforcement protector. It was a great season and we had some great episodes. The preparation for the final was spot on; It will take us into next season.

(L-R): Michael Raymond-James as Ethan McPherson, Keisha Castle-Hughes as Special Agent Hana Gibson, Caroline Harris as Cora Love, Edwin Hodge as Special Agent Ray Cannon, Roxy Sternberg as Special Agent Sheryll Barnes, Shantel VanSanten as Special Agent Nina Chase, Dylan McDermott as Supervisory Special Agent Remy Scott and Susan Misner as Abby Deaver.

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DEADLINE: Your wedding is just around the corner. So was the wedding in the series some kind of rehearsal?

EH: I wouldn’t call it practice. [Laughs] My real life and the person I play on screen is completely different. What we do on stage is dictated and curated, we have to follow some guidelines and rules. You play the emotions when everything leading up to my actual wedding was really, really emotional. We did everything together, from the venue and food to the tuxedos and wedding dress. If anything, I think my real life has been practicing for this moment and then preparing for the even bigger moment later.

(L-R): Shantel VanSanten as Special Agent Nina Chase, Ja’Siah Young as Caleb, Roxy Sternberg as Special Agent Sheryll Barnes, Caroline Harris as Cora Love, Edwin Hodge as Special Agent Ray Cannon and Dylan McDermott as Supervisory Special Agent Remy Scott

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DEADLINE: What does it mean to you to portray a character who is on a similar path?

EH: The similarities definitely make the job easier. The cool thing about my performance FBI is that I get to learn a lot about the world of federal agents, which is a plus for real life experiences. Ray is a man who wants to do the right thing. He is a man who is a perfectionist. When it comes to his family, especially his father, he wants to make sure they are proud of the work he does. And that’s how I am with my real family. Every day when I wake up I try to follow in the footsteps of someone who will be a hard worker and a family man. This marriage and my new phase of life will make that possible for me.

DEADLINE: What did working with Steven mean to you?

EH: Steven is a joker in the best sense of the word. When you see him on set, he is always joking and laughing. He always puts great emphasis on the work, the words and the performance value he brings to the scene and the show. I love his whole personality, Steven as a person. I’ve looked at his work in the past, particularly as one of the best African-American actors of his time. So it would be difficult not to identify with him as an artist. Who he is contributed a lot to the character of Ray, which is one of the benefits I gained personally and professionally from working with Steven.

This is a sweet story that we rarely get as far with as we do with the African American image of a father. I stood firm with the show’s creators on this; I wanted to represent something more positive and that was the case all season long. Personally, I’m tired of seeing my people in despair on television. However, there are some great roles for African-American actors, including leading men, so I’m not saying there is a disparity in opportunity. But at the same time, stereotypes are stereotypes. We know what we have seen and experienced in the industry and I wanted to avoid all of that. And yes, we have flaws, but within those flaws there is still a lot of love and compassion and respect and admiration for one another.

(L-R): Ja’Siah Young as Caleb, Steven Williams as Ray Cannon Sr., Dylan McDermott as Supervisory Special Agent Remy Scott, Edwin Hodge as Special Agent Ray Cannon, Shantel VanSanten as Special Agent Nina Chase and Keisha Castle-Hughes as Special Agent Hana Gibson

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DEADLINE: What can you tell us about what went on behind the scenes of such a fun and celebratory episode?

EH: Looking behind the scenes was a lot of fun. As much as it was a very long day of photographing different setups and so on, the energy and vibe was there. Everyone looked amazing! We get to see Hana in color, you know? We don’t often see them in color. I love Hana’s storyline this season, it’s one of my favorites to be honest. Dylan was crazy, he was great. [Laughs]

But yeah, the episode was a lot of fun and is in some ways a visualization of what my wedding could be or could be like in terms of mood and feeling.

DEADLINE: Was Otis there?

EH: Sadly, no. I would have loved to have Otis as the ring bearer, but unfortunately we couldn’t make that happen. However, I think the audience will enjoy the ride and also fall in love with the wedding.

This interview has been edited and condensed for length and clarity.

See more first look photos from the episode below.

(L-R): Caroline Harris as Cora Love and Edwin Hodge as Special Agent Ray Cannon

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(L-R): Steven Williams as Ray Cannon Sr. and Edwin Hodge as Special Agent Ray Cannon

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(L-R): Edwin Hodge as Special Agent Ray Cannon, Ken Girotti, Shantel VanSanten as Special Agent Nina Chase, Dylan McDermott as Supervisory Special Agent Remy Scott, David Hudgins and Keisha Castle-Hughes as Special Agent Hana Gibson

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