The show, which is being produced in conjunction with the FBI, is currently in production and has been shooting in New York for quite some time, according to insiders, who say the network is eyeing a six to eight episode order. Wolf and Wolf Reality’s Tom Thayer will serve as executive producers, along with Marc Levin of Brick City TV and Anne Beagan from the FBI New York office of public affairs.
The project brings Wolf to USA Network with an original series, though the cable net is already home to his “Law & Order” franchise, airing upwards of 100 hours of repeats per month, which are very popular with the USA audience.
The unscripted series is a nice companion to Wolf’s scripted FBI series, which is in development at NBC, the big sister network to USA. Should both shows be picked up, the NBCUniversal portfolio will have a double dose of Wolf-produced FBI projects. Earlier this year, Wolf cemented a major five-year deal to stay in the NBCU family.
Wolf Entertainment is currently behind NBC’s “Chicago” franchise: “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago P.D.,” “Chicago Med” and the newest addition, “Chicago Justice,” which debuts in 2017, plus the long-running “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” which heads into Season 18 this fall. He is also developing two other high-profile project at NBC: “Boys,” a scripted boy band drama based on the life of former One Direction member Zayn Malik; and an eight-part anthology series, “Law & Order: True Crime,” which will kick off with a season on the Menendez brothers murder case.
The USA Network FBI series boosts Wolf’s growing slate of unscripted programming. NBC recently greenlit a six-part live courtroom drama, titled “Law & Order: You the Jury.” Though he has prevailed largely in scripted territory, as creator of the mega “Law & Order” franchise, Wolf was also behind TNT’s “Cold Justice,” an unscripted procedural that re-opened unsolved murders and ran for three seasons, plus spawned a “Sex Crime” spinoff.
For USA, the FBI series comes as the cabler has veered away from unscripted programming with a huge push into high-profile scripted dramas with the likes of the critically-acclaimed “Mr. Robot, Carlton Cuse’s “Colony” and “Queen of the South,” plus many more series in development, including the crime thriller “Sinner” with Jessica Biel, which was announced this week. However, the unscripted family docuseries “Chrisley Knows Best” is one of the net’s most successful shows, in the midst of its fourth season.
Wolf is repped by WME.