Friday, June 14, 2024

Extraordinary TV History: Dick Wolf Shows Occupy Three Full Nights Of Prime Time Spread Over CBS, NBC


I can’t think of anything like this in TV history.

Dick Wolf, as I told you last week, has two full nights in a row on NBC with his “Law & Order” and “Chicago” shows.

Now he also has a third full night on CBS with his “FBI” shows.

Wolf commands all of Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday basically, from 8 to 11pm on America’s top form of communication.

Tuesdays bring “FBI,” “FBI Most Wanted,” and “FBI International” on CBS.

Wednesday is the “Chicago Med,” “Fire,” and “PD, on NBC.

Thursday is “Law & Order” “For the Defense,” “SVU,” and “Organized Crime.”

That’s NINE hours of prime time. And who knows what’s next? The whole thing has become a lesson in branding, that’s for sure.

CBS is so conscious of Wolf’s supremacy that they’re moving old war horse “NCIS” to Mondays and following it up with a new “NCIS,” set in Hawaii. Or Hawai’i, as it’s being called. (I don’t know what its pronouns are. Lai or laid?)

Well kudos to Mr. Wolf. I said this last week and I’ll say it again. If he has 9 successful hours of prime time TV, the Emmy Awards cannot ignore him. At least celebrate him in some way. There’s obviously an audience for him.




Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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