If you’re a fan of cop drams, detective stories or anything to do with legendary television producer Dick Wolf, then you’re going to want to park yourself in front of your television on Wednesday night for the two-hour Chicago P.D./Law & Order SVU crossover event.
(That’s W, for Wednesday.)
It all kicked off Tuesday night on Chicago Fire, when an unsolved rape and murder case (dating back 10 years) surfaced. Naturally, the case is a personal one for Law & Order SVU‘s Det. Benson (Mariska Hargitay), and so it leads to the SVU and Chicago P.D. teams working together on Wednesday night to finally get their man. But as we’ve seen on past crossovers of these two series, these are two very different teams. And that opens up the door to problems.
“When the two shows come together, sometimes they collide,” Chicago P.D. showrunner Matt Olmstead said on a recent conference call. “There are different philosophies. One of the things I love about these crossovers is the interaction between Voight (Jason Beghe) and Benson. She knows how to wrangle him and she lets Voight know he can’t screw this up in case it ever goes to trial.”
“I like that moment a lot,” SVU showrunner Warren Leight added. “We try to write to the differences in the way both squads deal with criminals. It’s kind of fun to watch the conflict manifest itself!”
Those won’t be the only fun Easter eggs for fans during the crossover event. Since the Chicago team is headed to New York, watch for special opening credits with a little Windy City flair when SVU airs at 10. And of course we can’t forget Sophia Bush’s Erin Lindsay, who is going to go through something completely traumatic, setting her up for a bit of a downfall as P.D. ends its second season run.
“That becomes one of our cliffhangers for the season. It’s the proverbial fork in the road for her in terms of continue to be a cop or to hang it up and get the party started again,” Olmstead said.
We kind of can’t wait.
The Chicago P.D./Law & Order SVU crossover event begins Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET. on NBC and CTV (SVU only).