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Chicago P.D. and Law & Order: SVU are bringing back a very familiar — and sinister — face for their upcoming crossover.
Dallas Roberts is set to reprise his role as serial killer Greg Yates in the upcoming February two-episode event, Chicago P.D. executive producer Matt Olmstead tells The Hollywood Reporter.
Roberts made his debut in April’s three-way crossover between Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D. and Law & Order: SVU. With the Intelligence Unit hot on his trail for his previous crimes, Yates kidnapped beloved recurring character Nadia (Stella Maeve) and fled to New York, where he killed her. He later was found guilty of her murder and was sent to prison.
Yates popped up again in the two-hour season premiere of Law & Order: SVU when Rollins (Kelli Giddish) visited him in prison to question him about another murder case.
The latest two-hour crossover is tied to Yates’ escape from prison. “He comes back to Chicago, and it all goes down in Chicago,” says Olmstead. “Of course, there’s a personal connection more so than ever, in terms of Lindsay wanting to get this guy. It’s such an intense episode.”
The SVU-P.D. episodes will follow the upcoming three-show crossover between Chicago Fire, Chicago Med and Chicago P.D., which kicks off Tuesday, Jan. 5, at 9 p.m. Despite the added logistical issues that come with collaborating with a show that shoots in another state, Olmstead praises the shared chemistry between the casts.
“It’s invigorating to the actors. It also opens up your eyes; you see the scope of what you’re working on, and you get to work with new people,” says Olmstead. “I’m sure we’ll do more crossovers. They’ve been great to do, they’ve been great to work with over in New York. There’s a real magical quality when they come together.”
However, Olmstead hints that this might be Roberts’ last time reprising his role as Yates. “I don’t like his odds, in terms of escaping one more time the clutches of P.D. — and Lindsay in particular,” he says.
The two-show crossover will air in place of a four-show “jumbo” crossover between all of Dick Wolf’s scripted NBC series that was announced at the Television Critics Association summer press tour. Olmstead says there are no firm plans yet for a four-show crossover. However, with Fire and P.D. already renewed for next season and Chicago Med recently picked up for a full first season, there is plenty of time for a four-way down the road.
“We’re tossing ideas around. Nothing is concrete,” says Olmstead. “We only want to do it when it’s right. I don’t do it to fill a schedule, and we didn’t really have it together in terms of what the four-way could be yet. What jumped out was the culmination of the Yates storyline, so we did that, which is so well worth it in terms of storytelling, and when we find the right way to do a four-way, we’ll do it.”
Law & Order: SVU and Chicago P.D. air Wednesdays at 9 p.m. and 10 p.m., respectively, on NBC.
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