He’s a legend in the TV business and we had the pleasure of welcoming the creator/producer of iconic crime dramas including Law & Order, Chicago Fire and Cold Justice, Dick Wolf, in studio this morning.
For nearly 20 years, Dick has been the mastermind behind the long-running Law & Order series and its spinoffs, which together calculates to nearly 1,500 hours of television. Dick is still keeping extra busy these days with three shows currently running on air, with another show premiering mid-season this year.
His newest show, Chicago Fire, has picked up loyal viewership over its debut season last year and returns tonight (Sept. 24) for the season 2 premiere at 10 p.m. on NBC. The show has been doing so well in fact, that Dick tells us there will be a spinoff, Chicago PD, premiering mid-season this year.
“Luckily [Chicago Fire] grew during the year,” he said. “It is very gratifying to see it doing well enough to get us another one.”
He tells us that Chicago PD will star some of the stars that have been in Chicago Fire, including Jason Beghe and John Seda. But will Dick be keeping Chicago Fire‘s hunky star Taylor Kinney where he’s at?
“Oh yeah,” he chuckled, adding that Kinney’s superstar girlfriend, Lady Gaga, is a frequent visitor to the show’s set.
“She has come frequently. She is very supportive, and she has tweeted for us,” Dick revealed, noting that a Gaga cameo is a possibility in the future.
“That would be a dream come true,” he said on a possible Gaga cameo. “We’ve discussed certain cameos that she might make, but I can’t say them on a family radio show.”
As a big-time TV producer, Dick said that he’s also a huge fan of TV in general and even watches reality TV. He developed his own reality-crime series Cold Justice, which also premieres its new season tonight at 10 p.m. on TNT.
This show features real-life prosecutor Kelly Sielger and CSI expert Yolanda McCreary cracking open cold cases. The show has been so effective in solving these unsolved cases that after the very first episode aired, the suspect in question confessed to killing his girlfriend after it was ruled a suicide 12 years ago.
“Our women went in and looked at the case again and said ‘no this doesn’t look like a suicide, the boyfriend we think did it,’ ” explained Dick. “They got the DA to go back to the grand jury and represent the case…the trial started five days…after the episode aired, and the guy stood up in court and said ‘all the jurors saw ‘Cold Justice’ last week, so yeah, I did it. I killed her.’ “
This year, Law & Order: SVU, celebrates its 15th season premiere tomorrow night. Dick tells us that he’s hoping the SVU spinoff will break the original series record of 20 years on the air.
“Law & Order is now within telescope view, which was twenty,” he said “This is a terrifying this to say, but I used to say this about Law & Order, I loved that, I now love SVU to break 20 years, because right now we’re tied with Gunsmoke as longest running drama in the history of television.”
According to him, breaking the original series’ record is a viable goal for the show.
“There’s definitely another five years in SVU,” he said. “I can the regular viewers that I think tomorrow night’s episode is the best episode within memory…it’s amazing.”
You can catch the premieres of all three of Dick Wolf’s hit shows this week: Chicago Fire airs Tuesday, Sept. 24th at 10 p.m. on NBC; Cold Justice premieres Tuesday, Sept. 24th at 10 p.m. on TNT; and Law And Order: SVU makes its season 15 premiere Wednesday, Sept. 25th at 9 p.m. on NBC.
Listen to our complete interview with Dick Wolf to hear more behind the scenes stories from the set of his shows in the clip below.