Starting on Tuesday, November 11, the network is going to kick off a three-part crossover spectacular that covers “Chicago Fire,” “Law & Order: SVU,” and “Chicago PD.” All three shows will air in their standard timeslots, so there won’t be anything else special about this other than the characters all coming together in some jumble.
How do we feel about this? Right now, we are personally somewhat torn. The great news about this, clearly, is that it marks an opportunity to see more beloved characters across multiple shows. However, at the same time we are not that big of a fan of forcing people to watch three separate shows, especially since an “SVU” viewer may not be a fan of the other two. Our personal preference is to make the episodes standalone, and do it in a way that what happens on one show does not impact the other. Therefore, you get fan service without consequences for those who don’t want to devote three hours of their week to one series of shows.
Programming-wise, the move totally makes sense. This is a chance for NBC to massively cross-pollinate across many of their popular programs, so can you really be that surprised that they would want to make the most of this? The ratings for all three will probably be higher as a result.
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