Yep, this is happening.
It’s official: NBC is doing a crossover stunt across three different crime dramas: Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D. and Law & Order: SVU. The unusual three-way crossover will have characters from NBC’s Dick Wolf-produced fall procedurals interacting across three epiosdes next month.
Word of the crossover had been making the rounds, but the network officially announced the plan and the event’s premiere date today — Nov. 11-12. NBC staged a crossover between Fire and P.D. last season, but this time is letting SVU in on the action. “We wanted to figure out a way to create a crime that connects all three shows,” Wolf said in a statement. “Warren Leight [SVU showrunner] and Matt Olmstead [Chicago Fire/P.D.] showrunner and I came up with a story that was big and unique enough to transit to all three.”
Oh, I am not excited about this. I should probably start by apologizing to both Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. See, I’m perpetually embarrassed by my city’s childlike enthusiasm for seeing itself on the screen, and I can’t bring myself to watch either of your shows. (In fact, every time someone from Chicago meets someone from Hollywood, they will mention that either A.) they commute through the same train station that Batman rode his Batcycle through, or B.) that Cameron Diaz enters Lake Shore Drive headed northbound, but exits headed Southbound in My Best Friend’s Wedding. You are a world class city, Chicago. Stop behaving like someone starry-eyed, second-rate Vancouver.) And because I’ve never watched your shows, I’m basing my predictions only on the commercials. Also both shows seem legitimately pretty bad. So there’s that.
But, really, tv showrunners, stop trying to make crossovers happen. What was the last good crossover you watched? Let alone a decent three show crossover. And cameos don’t count. Actual crossovers that were any good? I’m not thinking of any either.
I understand why you think it might be a good idea. You find shows that are similar enough, and try to introduce one show’s audience to the other show. The problem is audiences of similar shows are usually already familiar with other similar shows. All you could possibly be doing is trying to shoehorn an entire show’s universe into your show, and still come up with something coherent and entertaining.
SVU, if you really need to punch up your plot lines, let John Mulaney tell you how to do it.
Source: Entertainment Weekly