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‘Chicago Law’ may be next in franchise, NBC execs say

Already following fictional Chicagoans in a firehouse, a cop shop and a hospital, NBC and producer Dick Wolf next may turn their cameras toward lawyers by the lake.

Wolf, the top dog at “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago P.D.” and “Chicago Med,” said Wednesday at a Television Critics Association Q&A that he has begun conversations with the network about a fourth locally based series that “probably would be in the legal system.”

Deadline reports Wolf teased that viewers “may see, the same way they saw the last three years, some people doing legal things [on the other Chicago dramas] that would give an insight into where that would go.”

Wolf, who also oversees “Law & Order: SVU,” was excited about adding a “Chicago Law” series to the three that now routinely share characters and storylines.

“Would I like to do it? Of course! You talk about your dreams being fulfilled,” he said. “This is literally a dream come true. To have these three shows operating this synergistically is beyond my expectations. My instinct always is to double down. In the abstract that would be great. In the specific, it’s a question of how that would operate and what the forum would be. There have been discussions.”

NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke confirmed the conversations to Variety, emphasizing no script or writer exists yet for the proposed spinoff.

“We could plant the seeds for some characters who could live within the world of ‘P.D.’,” Salke said.

NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt told reporters that characters and storylines are being “seamlessly interwoven” among the three hit drama series.

“Now we have a ‘Chicago’ zeitgeist,” he said. “I think it’s innovative and fresh and we’re seeing more [viewership] building as the weeks go on.”