CBS is turning to "Law & Order" mastermind Dick Wolf as it searches for its next hit crime drama.The network has given a series production commitment to a new drama with the working title "F.B.I." about the inner workings of the New York office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Shooting is slated to begin next spring on a pilot, with subsequent episodes set to film in the summer. The series is planned to premiere in the 2018-19 season.Wolf and...
He dislikes the word “franchise,” preferring to call his linked series “brands,” but whatever the terminology, Dick Wolf has made a career out of creating universes where characters can cross over from one series to another, first on “Law & Order” and its many spin-offs and now on Wolf’s Chicago-set series, which was joined by a fourth (albeit short-lived) show, “Chicago Justice,” in 2017. Wolf even petitioned the Screen Actors Guild in 2016 to consider the casts of all four of his Chicago-set dramas as one ensemble for the SAG Awards.
Even before the “Law & Order” era began in 1990, Wolf was a veteran TV writer, working on “Hill Street Blues” and “Miami Vice.” His stated goal with “Law & Order” wasn’t to produce cutting-edge TV, but to establish a series whose format would stand the test of time and weather multiple cast changes. While “Law & Order: SVU” is the last series standing from the “L&O” era (now in its 19th season), Wolf is finding success with “Chicago Fire” and its spin-offs.
He’s reviving the “Law & Order” brand name with a true-crime slant — “The Menendez brothers,” starring Edie Falco, is set to debut in fall 2017 on NBC. He’s also got deals in place for unrelated shows, including one about a boy band (One Direction’s Zayn Malik is involved) and an unscripted FBI series for USA.