Executive producer Dick Wolf’s Windy City-based NBC drama series feature actors from one show on the other regularly, and soon, a third “staff” may get in on the action. An upcoming “Fire” episode also will serve as the pilot for a proposed “Chicago Med” show that would star S. Epatha Merkerson (formerly of Wolf’s “Law & Order”), Oliver Platt, Laurie Holden (“The Walking Dead”) and Yaya DaCosta, seen recently as Whitney Houston in a Lifetime movie.
Introduced in this week’s Tuesday “Fire” episode, DaCosta’s nurse character is expected to become romantically involved with Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney). Wolf recalls to Zap2it that many years ago, “Law & Order” did crossovers with NBC’s “Homicide: Life on the Street,” noting “they were the highest-rated episodes for each show that season, so it’s always been in the back of my mind that whenever you can do this on a rational basis, it’s synergistic.
“Actually, strangely enough, there are people – just like there were, or have been, in the (fan base of the) ‘Law & Orders’ — that love ‘Law & Order’ or love ‘SVU,’ and there are people that love ‘Fire’ and others that love ‘PD.’ And when you bring them together, you get both sides exposed to new characters, so I just think it’s a win-win. You can’t do it too often.”
Sophia Bush, alias Detective Erin Lindsay on the Wednesday “PD,” recently was part of a story that also involved Wolf’s (and NBC’s) “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” She maintains doing multiple shows simultaneously isn’t that much extra work: “Every once in a while in that case, we work a Saturday. When our two shows are together, it’s kind of like being in a fraternity house. We’re having a pretty good time. I think it’s worth a sixth day here and there.”
Jesse Spencer, who plays “Fire’s” Matthew Casey, cites a real basis for the fictional Chicago firefighters and cops frequently sharing time.
“There’s a place called The Diversity Yacht Club, (at) which a lot of firemen hang out, and there’s always cops there as well,” he says. “The 100 Club in Chicago, which supports families of fallen firefighters and cops, they have gala events. NBC has supported them. They came to my birthday (party). We all support them, and it really is one community. And they do work side by side, so these shows coming together is absolutely part of reality.”