NBC is bringing the heat this week with a three-episode crossover involving your favorite fiery TV shows: “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago P.D.” and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” Does that mean viewers should expect three times the drama during the extremely twisted storyline?
“Two point five,” Warren Leight, executive producer of “SVU," quipped to International Business Times during a press conference. “Two point five times [the drama].”
The integrated crossover, which will kick off with “Chicago Fire” on Tuesday, will keep viewers on edge during the two-day, action-packed event.
“What I’m proud of, because I do think we pulled [the crossover] off, is we sustained it -- sustained the story. If you’re watching at 9, I think you’ll be watching at 10:55. [It’s] a story that really can hold our attention, and it legitimately begins the night before on ‘Fire,’ ” Leight said.
The EP told reporters what inspired him and Matt Olmstead, the executive producer and showrunner of “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago P.D.,” to hold a three-hour event, which he compared to making a movie.
“Matt and I both liked the idea [of a crossover],” he said, adding that they created a storyline that would “legitimately sustain over three episodes” and geographically allow their criminals to bounce back-and-forth between Chicago and New York.
“So, those were things we were thinking of," Leight said. "And then here at ‘SVU’ we’ve been kicking an idea around for a long time about a serial rapist/murderer who in the mode of a Ted Bundy kind of guy -- incredibly charming, incredibly manipulative, able to get away with these crimes for a very, very long time across multiple jurisdictions. And when the idea of a crossover came up, [producer] Dick Wolf suggested I donate that idea to the crossover.”
Bundy was an American serial killer who terrorized the country during the 1970s. He lured young women with his charm and good looks, according to Time, before assaulting and murdering them. After decades of denying the crimes he committed, Bundy confessed to 30 homicides. He was executed in 1989.
When asked what moment the executive producers were most excited for fans to see, they told IBTimes they were anxious for audiences to watch the conclusion of the crossover. "The ending is pretty good.” Leight admitted. “I think it just moves pretty [well]. That moment where the baton is passed is pretty provocative, I think.”
Olmstead revealed that he’s most looking forward to fans catching “Chicago P.D.” on Wednesday.
“In the 10 o’clock [episode] that they did, there’s certain accusations made against Voight (Jason Beghe) that will make you sit up in your chair,” he teased. “I thought that whole thing was done very, very well. ... Your stomach’s in knots because of -- I’ll just say certain allegations are made against Voight. And you can see his jaw set in. And never before have I seen that guy want to jump across a table and do harm than in that thing. So I think that -- I tip my cap for you guys in the 10 o’clock hour for sure.”
What are you most looking forward to during the “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago P.D.” and “SVU” crossover episodes, which will begin on Tuesday at 10 p.m. EDT and continue on Wednesday at 9 p.m. EDT on NBC?