According to a new report from Variety, producing guru Dick Wolf revealed at the Monte Carlo TV Festival that he is trying to plot out a way in which the cross over his CBS franchise, which includes FBI and FBI: Most Wanted, with one of his other shows from NBC. More than likely, the chosen show would be either SVU or Chicago PD. It doesn’t seem like one is deciding just yet. While it’s possible that Wolf goes with FBI: Most Wanted over the flagship for the crossover, we’d personally go with the flagship show — more name recognition.
In general, the idea of this actually working out would be shocking. We’re talking about the idea of a crossover between shows on two different networks, and if there’s one thing we know, it’s that networks don’t really like supporting other networks all that much. Yet, Dick Wolf is one of those few producers who is really bigger than any individual network in a lot of ways. He has the clout to be able to pull something like this out, and he claims that both NBC and CBS are open to the idea. That doesn’t mean that it’s going to happen, but it’s at least something that they’re listening and thinking about.
If this does actually come about, we would be surprised if it happens in the early going. We’re feeling more is that this is a crossover event that could happen during February sweeps or some other point in which all of the shows would need that extra boost of ratings. For FBI, the reason to want to do this is pretty simple: We’re talking about a show here that is very much in the early stages, and teaming it up with something like SVU could lead to a tremendous rating bump. (It makes more sense, from our view, for it to be SVU — both shows film in New York.)
From the NBC vantage point, we don’t actually think there’s as big of a need. SVU is already in season 21, so it’s not like it really needs any support from another show or a crossover in order to get attention for itself. Yet, if SVU is bringing us another 24 episodes for season 21, it’s hard to be opposed to the idea of putting one or two of them in a slightly different world. That still means that we’re going to get more than 20 episode of the show we know and love.
Since this is far from confirmed, it’s not something that we’re going to spend too much more time speculating about. Yet, it’s something the certainly keep in mind over the course of the next several weeks as we get closer to productions starting up.
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