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Dick Wolf is having a busy Monday.
Hours after NBC announced another series in the Law & Order franchise, the procedural king has added another show — On Call, a half-hour drama that has been picked up straight to series at Amazon-backed IMDb TV.
On Call follows a pair of police officers on patrol in Long Beach, California. Each episode tracks the duo as they respond to a new radio call, arriving on the scene to resolve an incident. The series is produced by Wolf Entertainment and Universal Television, where Wolf is under a nine-figure overall deal.
Additional details, including an episode count and other writers/producers, are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
On Call becomes Wolf’s latest series. In addition to Law & Order: SVU and L&O: Organized Crime, Wolf also has three Chicago series and the newly ordered L&O: For the Defense at NBC. He’s also behind CBS’ FBI franchise, which will see FBI: International join the flagship and spinoff Most Wanted at the network next season. It’s also worth noting that Wolf’s Chicago Fire and Chicago Med are two of the most popular titles on IMDb TV.
IMDb TV launched in January 2019; the platform’s content team — including programmers Lauren Anderson and Ryan Pirozzi — is housed under Amazon Studios. The service launched its first original scripted series, Alex Rider, last November.
IMDb TV is available on Fire TV, within the Prime Video and IMDb apps and on Roku, Google TV, PlayStation 4 and multiple other smart devices.
IMDb TV has already dipped its toe into the pricey originals business in an effort to draw eyeballs to its free streaming platform that is populated with library content. The service is already home to Alex Rider (previously renewed for a second season), the upcoming Leverage update with Noah Wyle, and a Bosch spinoff, among others, with more on the way.
The news was announced Monday as part of Amazon’s New Fronts presentation, which also saw IMDb TV add five more shows into its development pipeline.
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