The further on that “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago PD,” and “Chicago Med” have continued into their run, one thing has become more and more clear: These are all shows that are a part of one giant universe, and they are basically designed now in a way where if you don’t watch all of them, you’re going to have a harder time understand what is going on.
When you consider this, can you really be surprised that the executive producer in Dick Wolf is looking to have the show recognized almost as a single ensemble than an individual one? This is something that he stressed during the TCA Winter Press Tour, and something he elaborated on to Deadline recently as he is beginning a push to have all of the shows recognized as the same ensemble for future SAG Awards voting:
“I’d like the cast of all the Chicago shows to be entered as one ensemble because it is truly an ensemble … Everybody transits effortlessly between the shows, there are full-scale crossovers that involve everybody on all the casts, the entire cast, but basically the fun ones are people just showing up as part of their normal life; we’re are going to have the first wedding on the two shows, Mouch marrying Platt. That is basically the way we look at it, that they can be used interchangeably so I think they should be celebrated as a group.”
Wolf admits that he has very little chance at this working, and he’s right since this could open all sorts of doors regarding other shows that are part of a franchise, and there will need to be special rules about how much of a crossover is enough to have the rules apply.
The crazy thing is that if there is a “Chicago Law” series coming in the future, that would have the entire franchise up to four.
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