At today’s Chicago Med panel at TCA , creator Dick Wolf gave an update on his quest to have NBC’s Chicago franchise submitted as one entry for awards consideration. “I don’t think SAG would be upset to have me state that I have literally petitioned them to allow all the Chicago shows to be nominated or put up as one ensemble,” he said. “I think it would be fascinating. It’s a universe that has no supporting players. All these people on all the shows are capable of carrying storylines on their own. I think it will be really cool to have them recognized as one Chicago.”
Wolf said he was advised by SAG to submit the petition and is “waiting for an answer.”
The veteran creator/producer was joined onstage today at the Beverly Hilton by cast Brian Tee, Yaya DaCosta and Colin Donnell to talk Season 2 of the medical drama. During the discussion, Wolf confirmed that Ato Essandoh (Jason Bourne, Vinyl) is joining the upcoming the second season as the new doctor who serves as mentor to Donnell’s character. “He’s fantastic and such a great guy — he’s fit right in with our quirky family,” Donnell said.
Next season also sees the addition of Chicago Justice to the Wolf world and along with occasional appearance of individual characters on certain shows, he said he is planning one big crossover event.
“It’ll be in the second half of the season,” Wolf said, adding, “there’s not much sense in having a four-way until [Chicago] Justice is on and people know who the characters are.” He admitted that the intertwining of shows was not without its complications: “It’s a question of how intensely will a crossover impact on all four shows. It may not be as totally integrated as the SVU crossover was last year,” but “there will definitely be a four-way sometime in the spring.”