NBC in early talks for a new Dick Wolf franchise

By Natalie Abrams
August 02, 2016 at 05:15 PM EDT
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Chicago Fire begat Chicago P.D., which begat Chicago Med. And now, coming to NBC this midseason is Chicago Justice. Is there more Chicago on the way?

In short, NBC is open to it, but it’s not likely. “Every time I think Dick Wolf has kind of finished what he started, he comes up with a new idea and I usually go, ‘Well, is that a good idea?’ and, more often than not, he proves me to be wrong,” NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt told reporters at the Television Critics Association’s press tour on Tuesday. “Conventional wisdom would probably say, if you have one spinoff, you’re probably in the 98th, 99th percentile of success, but to have three spinoffs, I probably think we’re gilding the lily if we go beyond that.”

Still, the network isn’t ruling it out entirely. “I will never never count Dick Wolf out if he has a great idea and great execution,” Greenblatt added. “That’s a longwinded way of saying I don’t know.”

The Chicago shows are Wolf’s second major franchise after Law & Order, which was succeeded by Special Victims Unit, Criminal Intent, Trial by Jury, Los Angeles, and the upcoming Law & Order: True Crime, an anthology series that will first tackle the Menendez brothers, and Law & Order: You the Jury, which let’s the audience decide the verdict.

With that in mind, NBC is already looking to expand the Wolf empire. “I’d love to see Chicago stabilize and… look to New York for possibly another crime franchise down the line,” NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke said. After the panel, Salke revealed it would be an entirely new franchise: “Maybe something totally different in the world of FBI,” she said. “We have [had conversations]. We don’t have writers or anything, but we’ve had general conversations about that being an area that Dick is very interested in and that we would be very supportive in exploring.”      

The Chicago franchise, which does exist in the same universe as SVU, will also likely crossover for a big event around the launch of Chicago Justice. “The scheduling of all these shows is so critical when you’re contemplating the crossovers,” Salke said. “It’s like a finely tuned thread. As we still figure out launch dates and things, those convos are ongoing, but you can certainly look forward to more big events coming out of Dick Wolf and the world of Chicago.”

For more news out of NBC’s day at TCA, click here.

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