Dick Wolf is pretty much running prime time TV.
A hundred years ago, he just had “Law & Order” on NBC. We used to run into him at Elaine’s celebrating his success.
Now with the new NBC schedule, the network has turned over ALL of Wednesday and Thursday to him.
On Wednesday he has three “Chicago” shows, albeit without Bob Fosse. They are Police, Fire, and Med.
On Thursday, Wolf has three “Law & Order” shows: SVU. Organized Crime, and For the Defense.
And that’s not all– on CBS Wolf has three “FBI” shows. Three. That’s NINE hours of prime time.
Are there more? I’m sure they’re coming. And the thing is, they are all entertaining and engaging. Wolf’s teams know how to do these shows, whether they’re police procedurals or set in a hospital.
But to own so much “real estate” in prime time. No one’s done it before, I don’t think, not even Quinn Martin (may he rest in peace). At this point, Wolf is the biggest employer in “Hollywood”– even though his shows aren’t shot there.
The Emmys should really take note of that this year and do something special for him.
NBC FALL 2021-22 SCHEDULE
(New programs in UPPER CASE; all times ET)
8-10 PM — The Voice
10-11 PM — ORDINARY JOE
8-9 PM — The Voice
9-10 PM — LA BREA
10-11 PM — New Amsterdam
8-9 PM — Chicago Med
9-10 PM — Chicago Fire
10-11 PM — Chicago P.D.
8-9 PM — LAW & ORDER: FOR THE DEFENSE
9-10 PM — Law & Order: SVU
10-11 PM — Law & Order: Organized Crime
8-9 PM – The Blacklist
9-11 PM — Dateline NBC
8-9 PM — Drama Encores
9-10 PM — Dateline Weekend Mystery
10-11 PM – SNL Vintage
7-8:20 PM — Football Night in America
8:20-11 PM — NBC Sunday Night Football