Sept. 29, 2014 — Dick Wolf’s Universal Television/NBC series “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago P.D.” and “Law & Order: SVU” will be united during a major three-part crossover airing Nov. 11-12.
The three series will share a storyline about a child pornography ring that stretches from Chicago to New York and will arc over three episodes, beginning with “Chicago Fire” (Tuesday, Nov. 11, 10 p.m. ET/PT) and continuing on “Law & Order: SVU” and “Chicago P.D.” (Wednesday, Nov. 12, 9 and 10 p.m., respectively).
“Warren Leight (“SVU” showrunner) and Matt Olmstead (“Chicago Fire”/“Chicago P.D.” showrunner) are two of the best writers in the business. We wanted to figure out a way to create a crime that connects all three shows. Warren, Matt and I came up with a story that was big and unique enough to transit to all three,” Wolf explained.
Each of the three shows opened their seasons to strong ratings, with “Chicago Fire” averaging a 2.6 rating, 8 share in adults 18-49 and 9.1 million viewers overall Tuesday, Sept. 23 to match its second-highest rating ever in 18-49 and deliver its #2 total-viewer result to date. “Law & Order: SVU” debuted Wednesday, Sept. 24 with a 2.2/6 in 18-49 and 10.1 million viewers overall, making it the show’s most-watched season premiere since 2007. “Chicago P.D.” followed with a 1.9/6 in 18-49 and 8.5 million viewers overall to win the hour among ABC, CBS and NBC in total viewers with the show’s biggest overall audience since its series premiere on Jan. 8.
All three shows are produced by Wolf Films in association with Universal Television. Dick Wolf, Matt Olmstead, Michael Brandt, Derek Haas, Danielle Gelber and Peter Jankowski are executive producers of both “Chicago” series. Dick Wolf, Warren Leight, Julie Martin, Jonathan Starch and Peter Jankowski are executive producers of “Law & Order: SVU.”
1 Law & Order: SVU has been on the air since 1999. Why do you think it’s still going strong?
It’s sad to say, but there’s so much bad stuff happening out there that we’ll never run out of material. But also, people love these characters. Like, you know exactly what’s going to come out of Ice-T’s mouth [as Detective Fin Tutuola]. You’ve been watching him for 14 seasons, you know? But you still can’t wait to see it.
2 Do the dark story lines, which routinely involve sexually depraved criminals, ever get to you?
My dreams were so screwed up when I first started working on SVU. I dreamed that I got chloroformed and got thrown in the back of a pickup truck. Waking up from that, I was like, “OK, that was different!”
3 How are you able to embrace story lines that give you nightmares?
At least those nightmares never really happened to me. But they have to a lot of people — and it means a lot to them to be able to talk about these things. So as hard as it is to deal with, at least we’re shining a light on it. It’s good being on the show that rips from the headlines and explores these things in a fictitious way.
4 Sometimes the show actually anticipates what the next big headline might be, don’t you agree?
I talked to my mom about that. She’s a longtime fan of SVU. She was like, “Kelli, I’m always looking at SVU to see what’s going to happen next in the headlines.” Like, the Jerry Sandusky case. Last year, there was an episode with a story line that was very similar to what ended up actually happening in Pennsylvania. And my character said, “Men are where women were 50 years ago about coming forward with the abuse they’ve suffered.” It’s important to explore that. Just to be able to come forward and talk about it.
5 What do you think of the fact that your character also has issues, which include a gambling problem and a drug-addicted younger sister?
One of the joys of playing a character like that is you get to play someone who gets to fight back, who gets to rise from whatever her troubles are. You start from the bottom and kind of come up to the top.
I’ve added another batch of photos to the gallery of Kelly at the 52nd Monte Carlo TV Festival.
Kelli Giddish Fan Gallery > Events > 2012 > 06-13: 52nd Monte Carlo TV Festival – Cocktail At Monaco Palace
Kelli Giddish Fan Gallery > Events > 2012 > 06-14: 52nd Monte Carlo TV Festival Closing Ceremony
Big Big thanks to Mariska Online we’ve got the HQ version of the new SVU Promo.
Kelli Giddish Online Gallery > Law and Order SVU > Season 13 > Promo Photos
Kelli Giddish Online Gallery > Law and Order SVU > Season 13 > 13×09 “Lost Traveler”
I’ve added 43 MQ photos from a shoot Kelli did last year to the gallery.
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Kelli Giddish Online Gallery > Law and Order SVU > 13×04 Double Strands