Typically on TV, crossover episodes are treated as big deals — characters from one series show up on another in sweeps stunts or special story arcs.
That’s not how “Chicago Fire” and its spinoff, “Chicago PD,” plan to operate. They’re already part of the same world, and executive producer Dick Wolf says it’s natural that characters from each show would cross paths with the other.
“In actual fact, the police station, the exterior of the district — which is the same exterior used in ‘Hill Street [Blues]’ — is a block and a half from Fire House 51 in Chicago,” Wolf said Sunday (Jan. 19) at the TCA winter press tour. “The fact that these people intermingle is hardly surprising.”
Crossovers may be something as simple as “Fire” star David Eigenberg‘s brief appearance in the “Chicago PD” premiere or as involved as a something Wolf teased for the end of the season: “There’s going to be a major crossover at the end of the season — a story that is so big it involves everybody,” he says. “That is going to be really interesting, because it does feature that sort of seamless integration that I would love to be able to pull off with these two shows.”
NBC also teased Sunday a coming story in which Severide (Taylor Kinney) from “Chicago Fire” turns to the “PD” intelligence unit for help when his sister goes missing.
The two “Chicago” shows are also part of the fictional world that also encompasses “Law & Order: SVU,” Wolf says. The first “Chicago PD” after the Winter Olympics will feature guest appearances by “SVU’s” Ice-T and Kelli Giddish, and Sophia Bush is on her way to New York to shoot an “SVU” scene with Mariska Hargitay for a future episode.
“We’re looking at all aspects of this in terms of how these shows can cross-pollinate each other,” Wolf says. “It’s really fun.”