Tags: wolf | timing | dramas | TV

Dick Wolf Relies on Timing, Reality to Make Hit TV Dramas

Wednesday, 08 Jan 2014 02:20 PM

By Bill Hoffmann and John Bachman

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Timing is everything, especially when you're in the business of creating gritty, ripped-from-the-headlines TV dramas.

Just ask Dick Wolf, the award-winning creator of TV's "Law & Order," franchise, who was set to begin work on an ambitious miniseries called "Terror" — but had to drop it when real-life interfered.

"On 9/11, we were two weeks away from doing a five-hour miniseries called 'Terror' for NBC which started in an al-Qaida training camp in Afghanistan with 10-year-olds saying death to America," Wolf told Newsmax TV.

Story continues below video.



"The brother of one of them … was going to America to become a great hero. Cut to him and three other guys driving across the Canadian border where they came into Manhattan, set off a bomb under the shuttle, killed 2,500 people and then released anthrax two days later.

"As I said, on 9/11, we were supposed to start shooting on 9/25 — a story that incorporated all three 'Law and Order' casts and was a huge undertaking, but since that period, the miniseries went away. So the ability to do a story of that scope really didn't exist on television."

Wolf, who has been involved with such groundbreaking cop shows as "Hill Street Blues," "Miami Vice" and New York Undercover," is out with a new TV series, "Chicago PD," a spinoff of "Chicago Fire," and a new novel, "The Execution."

He says the Windy City is a great place to film in because of the "fantastic" cooperation there.

"The mayor and the fire department ... literally rolled out the red carpet for both shows and we've gotten unbelievable cooperation and help," he said.

"For example, whenever you see firefighters who are not our firefighters, they're actually off-duty Chicago firefighters ... These guys actually look like they know how to take a hose off the truck, which is hard to find in extras."

Reality is something Wolf strives for in his shows.

"It's one of the things that actually we're really proud of, that we're using most of the firefighting techniques and what happens on that show are incredibly accurate," Wolf said.

"There's an episode coming up where somebody has fallen down a chimney on top of a building because they were trying to take picture of the skyline and got up too high and fell into the thing

"The way they got him out, several firefighters said, wow, that is exactly right and I'd never seen it anywhere before."

To keep things real, Wolf relies on locals who know the score.

"The technical adviser on [fires] is a battalion chief named Chick ... who has been on the fire department for 35 years," he said.

Wolf emphasizes that all the elements have to be in place and the timing just right to create a successful show.

"It's hair-trigger," he said.

"You can get burned or you can be anticipatory and do things [where people say]'how did they know that was going to happen?''' he said.

Asked what his favorite front-page newspaper headline is, Wolf points to the 1983 New York Post story of a maniac who fatally shot the owner of a strip joint and forced a patron to cut off his head.

The New York Post headline was "Headless Body in Topless Bar."

"Can't do better than that!" he said.


© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Doctor: Ebola Risks Higher in Winter, Taxing Quarantine Rules

Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 10:22 AM

The United States will face a greater threat from Ebola this winter, as the epidemic in West Africa turns into a potenti . . .

Morici: Electing a GOP Senate Won't Fix What's Broken

Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 10:20 AM

Voter discontent will give the GOP control of the Senate, but Americans quickly will become as unenamored with a new cas . . .

Calif. Sets 'Flexible' Ebola Quarantine Screening Policy

Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 10:04 AM

California has joined a growing list of states to set its own Ebola quarantine policy, the Los Angeles Times reported.  . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved