Dick Wolf’s empire at NBC continues to expand.
In addition to four (soon-to-be-five) current scripted shows on the network, news broke Tuesday that the prolific producer is also developing an FBI drama for his longtime network.
“We are developing programming that could be another franchise out of New York,” Wolf told reporters Tuesday at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour. “Luckily, we have an ongoing relationship with the FBI.”
Wolf said he has already been in contact with FBI director James Comey, whom he called “one of the most interesting people I’ve met in the last 10 years.”
“I am big fan of the FBI,” he said. “I think they do an impossible job remarkably well. The acceptance rate is one percent. The average agent is 30 years old; it’s a world that is very rich. The New York field office is the biggest FBI office in the country. It’s kind of a natural for us.”
If it moves forward, the franchise would be Wolf’s third at NBC, following the Law & Order franchise that spanned five series and the Chicago series, which expands to four shows this winter with Chicago Justice.
In addition, NBC recently greenlighted an eight-part anthology series, Law & Order — True Crime, that will focus on the Menendez brothers who were found guilty of killing their parents in the early 1990s.
Wolf’s comments came hours after NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt said he would be open to a potential fifth Chicago series if the idea is right. “Every time I think Dick Wolf has kind of finished what he started, he comes up with a new idea,” he said.
Wolf will next launch Chicago Justice on NBC sometime midseason, the fourth entry in the Chicago franchise.
The projects are part of his rich overall deal with the network, which extends through 2020. Wolf has been at NBC since 1990, when Law & Order began its 20-year, Emmy-winning run. In addition to his several scripted series, he also has a reality show, You the Jury, at NBC with Magical Elves (Top Chef).