Veteran TV producer Dick Wolf, best known for creating the "Law & Order" franchise, is considering what he believes will be the very first cross-over cross-network.
The crossover would take place between his procedural "FBI" freshman CBS or his derivative "FBI: Most Wanted" and one of his NBC broadcasts, such as "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" or "Chicago PD ".
The decision to accept the "FBI" or its fallout, and the association of the NBC series with "it depends on the winning story," he said. Variety at the Monte-Carlo Television Festival on Saturday.
Wolf said cross-cross-networking was his idea, and that CBS and NBC were open to it, although that remains to be confirmed. "Both CBS and NBC want to do it – if they can know that their salary is higher than my salary class," he said.
"To my knowledge, this has never been done," he said, although he acknowledged that someone might intervene to fix it.
Crossing would be quite natural given the FBI's real collaborations with various law enforcement agencies. Wolf gave an example. "SVU deals a lot with the FBI because there is a group within the FBI that calls Innocent Images, which is child pornography and is obviously very much on the same page. "
Wolf also spoke about his decision to create the first-ever Arab-American Muslim character as a hero of a network show: Special Agent Omar Adom "O.A. Zidan in the FBI ". Originally, the character was written as Hispanic. Wolf's decision to change ethnicity was purely attributable to the strong impression that the Egyptian-American actor Zeeko Zaki, who plays O.A., did during the cast of the series.
"Zeeko came in and I thought," Oh, that … an Egyptian six by five feet is a pretty interesting character to have in an FBI show, "Wolf said. Zaki was "remarkable" given his lack of relative experience, Wolf said.
He said his series embraced diversity for decades. "We are never harassed by networks or lobbies to say," Oh, your shows do not have enough ethnic diversity. "We have been doing it for a long time in broadcasts," he said.
"If you think of" Law & Order "in the original, there was always [African Americans] in it, whether Richard Brooks or S. Epatha [Merkerson]; there were always women … I kiss her. The more you diversify, the more you manage to attract people who are not normally in tents in the tent. "
The agreement between Wolf Entertainment and Universal Television of NBCUniversal ends next year, but it is likely that Wolf will stay in the studio. "I do not plan to leave," he said, adding that the pact would probably be overthrown "one way or another".
"I'm sure everyone is eager to solve the problem," he said. "It's a negotiation. But I do not intend to leave. I'm in the same office with the same phone number this month for 34 years. "
Pictured here is Dick Wolf (center), creator of the "FBI", and lead actors Jeremy Sisto, Ebonee Noel, Missy Peregrym and Zeeko Zaki, who attended the Monte Carlo Television Festival on Saturday.