NBC should consider changing its name to DWN. The way producer Dick Wolf keeps making series for the network, it would be a fitting change.
Wolf first dominated the NBC schedule with all of the “Law & Order” variations. It might not have seemed like he was the producing king of the network because many of the shows in the franchise aired in different years.
It’s impossible to miss the dominance of Wolf as come this year, there will be four productions from him in the “Chicago” franchise. In case you lost track, there’s “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago P.D.,” “Chicago Med” and “Chicago Justice.”
One thing Wolf is great at is luring viewers from one franchise to another with crossover stories. Once “Chicago Justice” gets on the air, there are plans to do a story that will cross from show to show to show to show.
Wolf offers an example of how he links his programs.
“An arson case could show up in ‘Justice.’ Obviously, a ‘P.D.’ case that’s resolved could show up in ‘Justice,’ “ Wolf says.
The one thing you will never see is the team from “Chicago Justice” involved in any malpractice suits on “Chicago Med.” Wolf is quick to point out malpractice is a civil matter and nothing his team would have to handle.
There will be plenty of other stories “ripped from the headlines.” Colin Donnell, who plays Dr. Connor Rhodes on “Chicago Med,” told me that he will shoot an episode and then a few weeks later see stories talking about a similar subject.
Wolf’s not only trying to remain current with is plots but he’s trying to pass on a little knowledge.
“The one thing about ‘Chicago Med’ that’s interesting is that it’s one show that if you watch every week, you will learn something and it will be something that for different people, it will be different things,” Wolf says. “No, we’re not announcing unknown medical breakthroughs, but hopefully and that’s the responsibility that we have, is that we have to get it right.
“Just like it’s their main source of news, television is most people’s main source of medical knowledge, and you don’t want to get a call from 300 cardiologists, ‘Are you crazy? You probably killed 15 people last night with that information.’ It’s a bigger responsibility than we have on the other shows.”
Maybe one of the stories will look at what happens when a television producer makes himself ill trying to juggle four TV shows at the same time.