3. Is it going to make crossovers any easier?
Lest you think we’re all doom and gloom over here, there is one obvious perk to NBC’s new plan: it’s going to make crossovers a lot easier. Not on the production side, but when it comes to seeing them, we’ll now be able to watch the beginning and end of crossovers right away. No waiting to see how it turns out!
You might have noticed that we were light on crossovers this season. The only crossover in the entire season was the two-part crossover between Chicago Fire and Chicago PD in March, that was also Chicago PD‘s 100th episode. Fans love the crossovers, and both NBC and all of the production teams know that, despite how logistically difficult they are to make. Having all of the shows together creates a natural organization for crossovers and may inspire producers and/or the network to look for more crossover opportunities.
After all, why create a whole programming night around a single brand if you’re not going to use the entire brand? It’d be like having a dinner party and then kicking everyone out after you served the appetizers.
But it does pose the question: now does every crossover have to include all three shows? They haven’t always, and the fact that Chicago Fire is now the lead-in for Chicago PD is a convenient set-up for the ever-popular matchup between those shows. Yet how weird will it be if there’s a Fire and PD crossover with a lead-in that’s a random episode of Chicago Med? We’ll see how this plays out, but there are ways NBC can have some fun with this.