With executive producer Dick Wolf holding court in the middle, actors from the two Midwestern franchises in the Wolf empire, Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D., sat on the same panel today at TCA. The topic was series crossover.

Wolf — wearing flame-orange socks with his black ensemble — confirmed that the two NBC shows will continue to have crossover episodes. “Two or three times a season, it’s happening,”   he said.

Wolf said that crossover of his series began some 20 years ago with Law & Order and Homicide. “And the two years that we did them they were the highest-rated episodes of each show”, he said. ”Whenever you can do this on a rational basis, it’s synergistic.”

Chicago Fire PD TCA castActors from the two Windy City series on the panel included Fire’s Eamonn Walker, Taylor Kinney and Jesse Spencer and P.D.’s Sophia Bush and Jesse Lee Soffer. Spencer said that mixing cops and firefighters reflects a real-life synergy in Chicago. As first responders, they often socialize and drink together, he said.

Said Bush, “When the two shows are together, it feels like a fraternity house.”

After the session, Wolf was asked about another crossover of sorts: the Bill Cosby scandal crossing over into Law & Order’s story lines. Wolf confirmed that there is an episode about an older comedian and date rape that is scheduled to air, but “as I’ve said for 25 years … Law & Orders are fiction. But it’s low-lying fruit.”

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