Scripted television shows often nod to real-life current events — notably, “Glee” recently did a school shooting episode in the wake of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School. But don’t expect NBC’s “Chicago Fire” to address or incorporate the Boston Marathon bombing into its storylines for Season 2.
When asked whether he’d put his Chicago firefighters in a similar situation or try to pay homage to the Boston FD, Executive Producer Dick Wolf — flanked by stars Taylor Kinney and Jesse Spencer — said he had no plans for such an episode. “It’s tough,” he tells the press at NBC’s Summer Press Day on Monday. “Dealing with terrorism is very very tough. The last thing we want to do is exploit a tragedy, and that is so specific, that it would be difficult.”
He is, however, planning other stories for Season 2, though NBC has yet to officially announce a pickup. “This show is growing,” he says. “Hopefully it’s coming back. And hopefully
it will be doing better next year. This has been an incredibly positive
experience this season, for everyone involved in the show.”
As for rumors of a potential spinoff, Wolf declines to comment. “There is always talk about every possible permutation of what could happen, but again, those of you who have known me for a long time, I never talk about development. I’m always optimistic.” There are reports, however, that NBC is developing a spinoff with Wolf about Chicago police, and that the initial seeds for such a series will be planted in the upcoming May 15 Season 1 finale.
Spencer chimes in, “I think it’s a good idea.”