New Year’s Resolution: Have a reason for an FBI/Chicago PD crossover

There are talks of a crossover between Chicago PD and FBI since they’re Dick Wolf properties. If that happens, there needs to be a genuine reason.

We’re looking ahead at potential plans for the FBI and Chicago PD franchises. As Dick Wolf properties, there are talks of the two crossing over. While it’s possible from a production point of view, it’s going to be trickier from a network point of view.

However, before this is even considered seriously, there is one important thing to do. The teams need to make sure there is a genuine storyline. This cannot just be for fan service.

As we get closer to ending the month, we’re using today’s New Year’s Resolution post to look ahead at a potential FBI/Chicago PD crossover. What exactly does it need?

The shows: FBI, FBI: Most Wantedand Chicago PD

The resolution: Ensure a genuine storyline to crossover everything

Why it needs to be made: While many would love to see the FBI teams and Intelligence team up, there needs to be a reason for something like this to happen. It cannot just be fan service, which some shows have been guilty of in the past. In fact, there are times when some of the One Chicago crossovers have felt more like fan service than a genuine reason to cross the stories over.

Considering the way the networks have their shows airing right now, starting the story in New York makes more sense right now. It would allow the story to start on Tuesday night, running two episodes back to back, as the FBI: Most Wanted team comes in to assist.

During that second hour, the team is taken to Chicago, allowing the story to pick up on Wednesday night in the Chicago PD hour. This would prevent too long of a break between the episodes, so fans are more likely to tune in. Of course, then there needs to be a reason to pull in Intelligence. While this is a separate division in the CPD, it’s still certainly not on the level of the FBI.

And this is why a story needs to be thought of in full. Including everyone into the episodes needs to feel natural and necessary. Why does Intelligence need to be pulled in when the two FBI teams have been so adept at handling cases by themselves?

FBI Season 2

“Payback” – When the son of a well-known retired FBI agent is taken just blocks from their home in what appears to be a revenge kidnapping, the team must uncover if it’s tied to the agent’s past or trouble the son has gotten into on his own. Also, Isobel must make a hard call when information from the past comes to light, on FBI, Tuesday, Jan. 21 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network Pictured (L-R) Missy Peregrym as Special Agent Maggie Bell, John Boyd as Stuart Scola, Zeeko Zaki as Special Agent Omar Adom ‘OA’ Zidan and Catherine Haena Kim as Emily Ryder Photo: Mark Schafer/CBS ©2019 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

A fully fleshed-out storyline also offers something exciting for fans. We get to piece the different parts of the puzzle together throughout the episodes. There’s a chance to see each of the teams working together.

One thing about the 2019 One Chicago crossover that I loved was how it didn’t feel like three separate shows at any point. This time, the writers managed to combine everything thoroughly, giving us a real feel of a three-hour movie event. This required plenty of planning and working together among the three different teams, but it paid off. It’s something that would need to happen for a Chicago PD and FBI crossover.

Dick Wolf has hinted at the potential crossover, but we’re still waiting to see if it will happen.

Next: FBI crossover is coming: Here's what we know so far

What would you like to see crossover? How would you make a crossover between the Dick Wolf properties work? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

FBI and FBI: Most Wanted air on Tuesdays starting at 9/8c. Chicago PD airs Wednesdays at 10/9c.

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