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On top of tons more Dick Wolf, NBC is sticking to its guns — J.Lo's guns, that is. The network has renewed Jennifer Lopez's surprisingly good cop show Shades of Blue for season two, which means somehow, some way, the superhuman formerly known as Jenny from the Block will have to fit more cop corruption into her already-busy schedule of American Idol, a Las Vegas residency, red-carpet domination, and countless other boss things the world will never know about. And you thought TV would be without its favorite Puerto Rican queen post-Idol, ha! (If they decide to kill her off, this post never happened.) »
- Dee Lockett
Not so long ago, January was literally full of drama.
Network TV development execs typically spent the December holidays reading 60-plus scripts for prospective drama series. The following month would be dedicated to debating and strategizing on the best dozen or so to order to pilot. And then, as Groundhog Day approached, they’d do it all over again with comedies.
This year, the broadcast networks were nearly done handing out all of their pilot orders before January wrapped. They have no choice: The chase for top talent and material is now so fierce that the pilot-season timetable might as well be measured in warp factors. No one can afford to dawdle: The traditional broadcast development cycle has to barrel into a marketplace already humming year-round with deal-making for cable and digital shows.
“All the networks are just trying to get out in front of each other — basically, everyone is racing, »
- Cynthia Littleton and Elizabeth Wagmeister
CBS topped Tuesday thanks to a strong “Super Bowl’s Greatest Commercials.” NBC was the runner-up in primetime with a pair of Dick Wolf‘s “Chicago” shows. The Les Moonves-led broadcaster was first in ratings with a 1.7 rating/6 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 10.1 million, according to preliminary numbers. At 8 p.m. Et, the big game commercial roundup earned a 2.0/6 and 11.4 million viewers. A rerun followed. NBC was second in ratings with a 1.5/5 and in viewers with 6.7 million. “Hollywood Game Night” at 8 p.m. Et had a 1.1/4 and 4.3 »
- Tony Maglio
NBC and executive producer Dick Wolf have three successful TV dramas based in the windy city (Chicago Fire, Chicago Pd, and Chicago Med) but they haven't forgotten about Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. The venerable crime drama has been renewed for an 18th season for the 2016-17 season.
Law & Order: Svu follows an elite squad of detectives who investigate sexually based crimes in New York City. This season, the cast includes Mariska Hargitay, Ice-t, Kelli Giddish, Peter Scanavino, and Raul Esparza.
Despite being in its 17th season, Svu remains one of NBC's highest-rated scripted series. It's currently the network's fourth-highest rated scripted series with an average of a 1.68 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 7.18 million viewers.
Wolf has signed a new deal that will keep him with NBC through 2020. The network also renewed Wolf's Chicago Med today, »
Sitting atop a gilded throne bedecked by hundreds of ivory peacocks and accompanied by a procession of 32 virgins ages 18 to 49, Dick Wolf was proclaimed the god-king of the NBC universe on Monday, as the network extended his production deal for four more autumn harvests. The deal also extended the run of Wolf's crowd-pleasing sagas Law & Order: Svu and Chicago Med. With the addition of the already-renewed Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D., as well as the potential arrival of Chicago Law and Law & Order: You the Jury foretold by flocks of crows, Wolf could have a half-dozen shows on the air before the moon has turned ten times. "[The god-king] has been a defining voice of NBC for over a generation," the network's Robert Greenblatt proclaimed in a statement. "He is most welcome at this company forever." »
- Nate Jones
Law & Order: Svu isn't going anywhere. NBC has renewed the long-running drama for a landmark season 18 as part of a new deal with mega producer Dick Wolf. Svu is currently the longest-running scripted drama on TV. Chicago Med, Wolf's newest Chicago series, has also been renewed. Chicago Pd and Chicago Fire were renewed earlier this year. Chicago Law, a fourth Chicago series, is also in the works. "Dick Wolf is a without a doubt one of the greatest producers in the history of dramatic television," Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment, said in a statement. "The Law & Order legacy would have been enough to set him apart from all the rest, but the Chicago franchise now kicks »
Dick Wolf’s empire remains intact at NBC.
The network on Monday announced the renewals of fledgeling drama Chicago Med and the long-running Law & Order: Svu (now in its 17th season).
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The renewals come as part of the extension of Wolf’s overall deal with NBC.
Svu opened its 17th season with 8.3 mil and a 1.8, and since then has averaged 7.2 mil/1.7, hitting a 14-month demo high on Jan. 13. Meanwhile, Chicago Med premiered in November to 8.6 million total viewers and a 2.2 demo rating, and season-to-date »
Thirty years into his tenure at Universal Television, Dick Wolf continues to be the studio’s top drama producer. And now Wolf, who accomplished the rare feat of creating two hugely successful drama franchises — Law & Order and Chicago — is extending his stay with a new blockbuster deal. The five-year pact with NBCUniversal, which will keep Wolf at the company through 2020, came after months of negotiations, which is understandable given Wolf’s stature of an uber producer… »
Dick Wolf has set a mammoth new pact with NBCUniversal that will keep him in the Peacock family through 2020 and includes renewals of “Law & Order: Svu” for season 18 and a sophomore season nod for “Chicago Med.”
The deal was finalized some nine months after the expiration of his previous overall agreement with NBCU. The sides worked on a series of month-to-month short-term extensions while Wolf’s lawyer hammered out myriad details, stemming from the success that Wolf Entertainment has had during the past four seasons with the Chicago-set procedurals. The run started in 2012 with “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago P.D.” in 2014. “Chicago Med” joined this year and a fourth, “Chicago Law,” is in the pipeline as a planted spinoff to air as an episode of “P.D.” later this season.
As a result, Wolf now boasts “the best deal and the best (profit) definition in all of television,” one knowledgable source said. »
- Cynthia Littleton
NBC has renewed “Law & Order: Svu” for an 18th season and picked up the second season of “Chicago Med,” TheWrap has learned. In addition, Universal Television has renewed its deal with the creator of both shows, Dick Wolf, through 2020. Two other Wolf-created series, “Chicago Pd”and “Chicago Fire,” had previously been renewed. Wolf is also in active development for the latest incarnation of the Chicago franchise, “Chicago Law,” as well as the reality series “Law & Order: You the Jury,” where the audience will decide the binding result of a live court case. Also Read: Dick Wolf's New 'Chicago' Law Series Has. »
- Joe Otterson
NBC is staying firmly in the Dick Wolf business. The network has renewed two of the prolific producer's series, Law & Order: Svu and Chicago Med, and extended his overall deal through 2020, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The deal continues one of the network's longest-running and most fruitful relationships. In addition to the Chicago franchise, which also includes the already renewed Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D, Wolf created Law & Order. The legal drama ran for 20 seasons and spawned two long-running spinoffs, Svu as well as Criminal Intent. Now that Svu will definitely make it
- Kate Stanhope
NBC topped Tuesday’s primetime in the key 18-49 demographic thanks to a pair of Dick Wolf‘s “Chicago” shows. The network finished second among total viewers to CBS. For ABC, the season premiere of “What Would You Do” was even with its last airing in the time slot, which took place way back in December 2013. That said, “Wwyd” was down 30 percent from its prior premiere. Thanks to “The Flash,” the CW pushed ABC all the way to fifth place in the main demographic. To be fair to the Disney broadcast network, ABC did have some repeats on its own schedule. »
- Tony Maglio
The Paley Center for Media has added two more shows to this year’s PaleyFest La lineup — ABC’s “Scandal” and AMC’s “Better Call Saul.”
The cast of “Better Call Saul” will make their PaleyFest debut on Saturday, March 12 at 2:00 p.m., while “Scandal” will return to the stage on Tuesday, March 15 at 7:30 p.m.
This year’s PaleyFest La will run from Friday, March 11 to Sunday, March 20 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.
“The Paley Center for Media is pleased to present an outstanding and diverse group of events at this year’s PaleyFest La, welcoming the talented actors and creative forces that define excellence in front of and behind the camera,” said Maureen J. Reidy, President and CEO at The Paley Center for Media. »
- Laura Prudom
PaleyFest 2016 has it handled, thanks to Olivia Pope.
The Paley Center for Media’s annual celebration of TV will host a panel for Scandal on March 15.
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Additionally, the event — which once again takes place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood — will honor AMC’s Breaking Bad prequel series Better Call Saul on March 12.
Previously announced shows for the fête include black-ish, The Big Bang Theory, Supergirl, Empire and Scream Queens, among others.
Ticket info can be found at paleyfest.org. The current PaleyFest lineup is below.
Friday, March 11: Empire (7:30)
NBC has ordered two drama pilots, both hailing from sister studio Universal Television, Variety has learned.
“Miranda’s Rights” is a one-hour legal soap about an idealistic group of lawyers who not only work together but live together at their start-up firm. Lovejoy penned the script and will serve as a co-exec producer on the pilot, marking the newcomer’s first producer credit on a series. John Glenn will exec produce through his John Glenn Entertainment banner.
“Midnight Texas,” written by Monica Owusu-Breen (“Agents of Shield,” “Brothers & Sisters,” “Alias”) is a supernatural project described as “Twins Peaks” meets “True Blood.” Based on the novels of the same name from author Charlaine Harris who wrote the books that inspired HBO’s vampire hit, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
NBC has set the premiere dates for midseason series “Crowded,” “Heartbeat” and “Game of Silence.” “The Carmichael Show’s” Season 2 premiere date has also been scheduled for March 13 at 9 p.m. with two back-to-back episodes. “Crowded,” starring Patrick Warburton and Carrie Preston as empty-nesters whose entire family moves back in, will premiere on Sunday, March 20 at 9:30 p.m. Also read: Dick Wolf's New 'Chicago' Law Series Has Exactly the Title You'd Expect “Heartbeat,” starring Melissa George as a boundary-pushing heart surgeon, will premiere Wednesday, March 23 at 8 p.m. “Game of Silence,” starring David Lyons, Michael Raymond James, Larenz »
- Reid Nakamura
NBC has had enormous success with its trio of "Chicago"-branded shows, so why not throw a fourth one onto the (seemingly ever-growing) pile? That's exactly what execs have in mind, as network brass announced this week that a fourth series, tentatively titled "Chicago Law," is currently in active development.
Dick Wolf, the super-producer behind current NBC Windy City-set hits "Chicago Fire," "Chicago P.D.," and freshman drama "Chicago Med," had teased a possible fourth, courtroom-centric series while speaking on a panel at the Television Critics Association winter press tour last week. And now, NBC has confirmed that it's interested in making the show.
Citing Wolf's stellar record behind "some of the biggest hits in NBC history," (including the storied "Law & Order" franchise and its still-kicking spinoff, "Svu"), NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke said in a statement, "The 'Chicago' universe will continue to grow as we are in active development »
- Katie Roberts
First put into development this past August with a hefty pilot production commitment, “Time” had been at the center of a bidding war between the Big Four networks. Following a slew of comedy pilot pickups at NBC, “Time” marks the network’s first original drama pilot order in contention for 2016-17.
Described as a high-octane drama, “Time” follows an unlikely trio who travel through time to battle a master criminal intent on altering the fabric of human history with potentially catastrophic results.
Kripke, who created “Supernatural,” and Ryan, who created “The Shield,” are co-writers on the project. They’ll also serve as exec producers, along with “The Blacklist’s” John Davis and John Fox, plus Marney Hochman.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
In the Chicago television system, the people are entertained by three separate, but equally important, shows: Chicago P.D., which investigates crime; Chicago Med, which saves lives; and Chicago Fire, which puts out fires. But now — chung-chung — it looks like Dick Wolf's stable of Windy City dramas may be getting a fourth installment. Ripped from the headlines of THR comes news that NBC is currently developing Chicago Law (it's a working title, but come on), thus bringing balance to the procedural universe. The news comes a week after Wolf told the TCA tour that it would "be obviously short-sighted ... not to be kicking the tires" on another Chicago show (tires he would continue to kick even while being questioned by a homicide detective). If Chicago Law ends up going to series, expect the ultimate four-part crossover event: A deep-dish pizza oven catches fire and burns a restaurant to the ground, »
- Nate Jones
NBC's Chicago trilogy but may soon become a quartet. A fourth installment in the growing drama franchise is officially in development at the network, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. "Dick Wolf has been responsible for some of the biggest hits in NBC history, including Svu and the current three Chicago dramas, Fire, P.D. and Med," NBC's president of entertainment Jennifer Salke said Thursday in a statement. "The Chicago universe will continue to grow as we are in active development on Chicago Law (working title)." The news comes a week after Wolf confirmed "there have been discussions" about a
- Kate Stanhope
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