FBI could potentially get a second spinoff, which would expand Dick Wolf’s CBS franchise to the same number of shows as One Chicago.
Speaking to Deadline on Tuesday, CBS executive Kelly Kahl did not say that Wolf was actively developing a second FBI spinoff, but that the network was “always talking to Dick, and Dick is always bouncing ideas off us.”
That means nothing is actually happening yet, but the fact that the topic has come up is major information for fans of the FBI shows—and fans of Wolf’s One Chicago series on NBC.
But after the cancellation of Chicago Justice in May 2017, Wolf hasn’t developed any other Chicago-related series.
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Instead, he’s developed two Law & Order projects (Law & Order: Hate Crimes and the upcoming Elliot Stabler spinoff) and been focused on launching FBI, which was planned as a franchise from the moment that CBS picked it up in September 2017.
A second spinoff would mean that the CBS franchise would be as big as One Chicago and with the same logistical setup—each having three shows, and those shows capable of crossing over every season.
It’s possible that FBI could become just as prominent, if not bigger than, One Chicago and end up becoming Wolf’s most popular franchise. Live TV ratings for the original FBI have regularly been in the 9 million range, which was often better than any of the Chicago shows until NBC consolidated them on Wednesday nights.
Of course, there’s also the potential for more crossover events between the two properties, too, but hopefully this wouldn’t result in the Chicago series getting left behind or getting less attention creatively. All three were recently renewed for three more seasons, which guarantees that Fire and PD will reach double digits by the time FBI is at half that.
The older shows get, they usually get less attention and more expensive to make, but if anyone can pull off that balancing act it’s Dick Wolf, who has a little show called Law & Order: SVU.
The Deadline article isn’t saying anything concrete—talking about ideas is a far cry from seriously having a good concept for a third show, and even farther from having it made—but the possibility is well worth keeping an eye on, no matter which one (or both) you watch.
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