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Posted Thursday 9/13/18 at 4:01PM EDT
Dick Wolf is getting into crime podcasts
Source: Ad Week
The Law & Order honcho is partnering with audio storytelling company Endeaver Audio and production company Magical Elves to develop a series of dramatized crime podcasts. “The crime genre transcends all platforms,” Wolf said in a statement. “Partnering with Endeavor Audio and Magical Elves allows us to develop new ways to tell crime stories, and I am looking forward to producing true crime drama for a new and diverse audience.”
Posted Thursday 9/06/18 at 1:41AM EDT
Can Law & Order: Hate Crimes work while being apolitical?
Dick Wolf is proud that his Law & Order shows avoid politics. But can his new NBC show based on the NYPD's Hate Crimes unit work in an era where hate is politicized?
Posted Tuesday 9/04/18 at 3:42PM EDT
NBC orders Law & Order: Hate Crimes as a spinoff of Law & Order: SVU
NBC announced the 13-episode series from Law & Order creator Dick Wolf and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit showrunner Warren Leight that will be introduced on SVU later this season. The NYPD's actual Hate Crime Task Force, the second-oldest bias-based task force in the U.S., works under the real Special Victims Unit and often borrows SVU detectives to assist in their investigations. “As with all of my crime shows, I want to depict what’s really going on in our cities and shine a light on the wide-ranging victims and show that justice can prevail,” Wolf said in a statement. “Twenty years ago when SVU began, very few people felt comfortable coming forward and reporting these crimes, but when you bring the stories into people’s living rooms – with characters as empathetic as Olivia Benson – a real dialogue can begin. That’s what I hope we can do with this new show in a world where hate crimes have reached an egregious level.” Leight added: “I’m extremely impressed by the actual men and women investigating these cases in a city as complicated and diverse as New York. The work they are doing puts them on the front lines in a battle for the soul of our city and nation. I’m thrilled about the chance to reunite with Dick and NBC to portray the reality of this crisis.”
Posted Sunday 8/05/18 at 3:40PM EDT
Dick Wolf loves doing broadcast over streaming because he prefers seasons with 22 to 24 episodes
“I have nothing against the concept of streaming but the math is a little daunting,” he said at the TV press tour, adding that a 22-24-episode season is almost the same work as a streaming show's eight-episode season. “If I had the right show for a streamer, I’d be happy to do it there,” he said. “There is no bias against it, I just love doing more episodes.”
Posted Sunday 8/05/18 at 3:40PM EDT
Why Dick Wolf's FBI ended up on CBS: "There was no more beachfront real estate at NBC"
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Wolf, who has four shows on NBC and one (FBI) on CBS, said it made more sense for NBC and Universal TV to put his newest show on CBS.
Posted Monday 7/23/18 at 11:01PM EDT
FBI hires a new boss: Sela Ward
Ward is joining the Dick Wolf CBS drama as the new head of the New York FBI office, starting with Episode 2. She succeeds Connie Nielsen, departed the series in May after co-starring in the pilot.
Posted Saturday 7/21/18 at 1:37AM EDT
Check out the trailer for Dick Wolf's A&E EMT docuseries Nightwatch Nation
The 10-episode series debuts on Aug. 16, going behind the scenes with EMTs across the country.
Posted Tuesday 6/05/18 at 1:02PM EDT
Dick Wolf: Law & Order: SVU helped pave the way for the #MeToo movement
Wolf and Mariska Hargitay discussed last night their long-running NBC drama, which they credit for helping victims of sex crimes come forward. “I think it’s opened the door into a multitude of conversations over the years. If you look at the #MeToo movement, she founded it, a long time ago,” Wolf said, pointing to Hargitay. “We got to take the onus off the survivor and put it where it belongs, on the perpetrator,” Hargitay added. “It did change and it did give people the courage to come forward and realize ‘Guess what, you’re not alone.’”
Posted Thursday 5/24/18 at 7:14PM EDT
Law & Order: SVU boss: "I don't see any reason why this show will end"
Source: TV Guide
As Law & Order: SVU preps for its 20th season, showrunner Michael Chernuchin says there are so many storylines left to tackle that the series could keep on going for years, especially in wake of the #MeToo movement. Chernuchin tells TV Guide that "we're dealing with things that are on the front page in the papers every day. Now, more than ever." And as long as Mariska Hargitay is aboard, SVU can keep on chugging along. He adds: "This whole #MeToo movement... it's everywhere. Even though we've been touching on it for 19 years, we may do a full-blown episode on that." Chernuchin's primary goal is getting a greenlight for a record-breaking 21st season. But he a had to put a number on when SVU will call it quits, he already has one in mind: "I'd like to get to 500 episodes. That's a nice round number, isn't it?" SVU aired its 434th episode on Wednesday.
Posted Sunday 5/20/18 at 4:34AM EDT
SNL ends the season with a Sopranos finale homage and numerous celebrity cameos
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Saturday Night Live's Season 43 finale was even more star-studded than the Stormy Daniels episode two weeks ago. It began with a cold open homage to The Sopranos' 2007 series finale, featuring Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro reprising their roles as Michael Cohen and Robert Mueller. Then, in a monologue that addressed criticism that the show has become too dependent on celebrity cameos, Tina Fey interacted with Benedict Cumberbatch, Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Fred Armisen, Anne Hathaway, Tracy Morgan and recent host Donald Glover, whom Fey hired to write for 30 Rock. Lin-Manuel Miranda and John Goodman also made cameos. So did Fey's husband Jeff Richmond, who appeared in a "Mean Girls" sketch, and who has worked with his wife as a composer on 30 Rock, SNL and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
- Watch Tina Fey give a 360-degree YouTube tour of the SNL studio
- SNL spoofs Dick Wolf's NBC Chicago shows with "Chicago Improv" sketch
- Fey revived her Sarah Palin impression late in the show
- Watch Nicki Minaj perform with Fey in "Friendship Song" sketch that was cut for time
- Aidy Bryant portrayed the Oakland BBQ woman, who has become an internet meme
Posted Thursday 5/10/18 at 9:39PM EDT
Law & Order: SVU's renewal gives Dick Wolf another chance to break Gunsmoke's record -- thanks to Mariska Hargitay
In 2010, NBC canceled Law & Order after 20 seasons, denying Wolf as shot at breaking Gunsmoke's 20-season TV record. Now Wolf has another chance to break the record following NBC's Season 20 renewal of SVU. Wolf has a better shot because of Hargitay. "As the mastermind behind the Law & Order franchise, Wolf has been instrumental in Law & Order: SVU’s staying power, but a major part of the credit has to go to star Hargitay who plays the show’s iconic Lt. Olivia Benson of the Special Victims Unit of the NYPD, an elite squad of detectives that investigates sexually based crimes," says Nellie Andreeva. "The role has earned her an Emmy Award and eight nominations for Lead Actress in a Drama Series. While the mothership Law & Order series went through multiple lead cast overhauls, with none of the original cast members staying past Season 10, Hargitay has been Law & Order: SVU‘s heart and soul since the pilot, leading the cast for 20 seasons. The last 19 of them she has had Ice-T by her side."
Posted Wednesday 5/09/18 at 10:52PM EDT
NBC picks up Law & Order: SVU for Season 20, renews Dick Wolf's three Chicago series
Wolf's four NBC shows will all return next season -- Chicago Fire for Season 7, Chicago P.D. for Season 6 and Chicago Med for Season 4. Additionally, Wolf's Law & Order franchise will carry on with SVU reaching Season 20. SVU is still one of NBC highest-rated shows, averaging just under six million viewers. The oldest Chicago series, Chicago Fire, is currently the lowest-rated of the Chicago franchise, according to Variety. But it still performs solidly with just under six million viewers. The newest Chicago show, Chicago Med, is the highest-rated of the franchise, averaging 6.7 million viewers. In response to the SVU pickup, Ice-T tweeted: "FYI: SVU has OFFICIALLY been picked up for Season #20 Run and tell that!"
- SVU's renewal means it will match Gunsmoke's 20 seasons as the longest-running live-action series
- Chicago Fire stars Eamonn Walker, Monica Raymund and David Eigenberg aren't signed on for Season 7
- Chicago P.D. boss on season finale surprise: "It was one of the things that just evolved from the storytelling this season"
Posted Monday 4/23/18 at 1:18PM EDT
Oxygen renews Dick Wolf reality shows Cold Justice and Criminal Confessions
Both shows have been part of Oxygen's rebranding as a cable network home for true-crime series.
Posted Thursday 4/05/18 at 12:48AM EDT
TV composer Mike Post recalls trying to talk Steven Bochco out of doing Cop Rock
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Post -- who helped create the theme songs for Law & Order, The A-Team, The Rockford Files, NYPD Blue, Quantum Leap and Hill Street Blues -- remembered Bochco pitching him on the 1990 ABC singing cops series. "Don't" do it, Post recalls telling Bochco. "'No, Steven, I’m telling you this is too hard. This is too f*cking hard!' I said to him, 'America is not ready for the cops singing. They’re not ready for that.'" Reflecting on his work on Cop Rock, Post says: "It was a ballbuster, but in weird ways I was proud of it. People either loved it or hated it."
- L.A. Law's Jill Eikenberry remembers Bochco supporting her when she was diagnosed with breast cancer after filming the pilot
- Dick Wolf recalls meeting Bochco when he was 5 years old -- and working for him 30 years later on Hill Street Blues
- Hill Street Blues star Daniel J. Travanti: "When he hugged you, it was like he was putting a cloak over you"
- Blair Underwood recalls Bochco casting him in his first star vehicle, City of Angels, after L.A. Law
- NYPD Blue's Bill Brochtrup says Bochco was ahead of his time in his portrayal of gay characters
- NYPD Blue's Sharon Lawrence calls Bochco a champion for women: "When Steven saw that there weren’t enough females in the pilot, he shifted the gender"
Posted Friday 3/09/18 at 11:05PM EST
Law & Order vet Jeremy Sisto to reunite with Dick Wolf on CBS' FBI
The Law & Order and Suburgatory alum will play the play FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge on the 13-episode CBS series.