NEW YORK — Hours before last week's premiere of his new series, "Chicago P.D.," Dick Wolf acknowledged he was nervous.
Actually, "terrified" was the word he used.
This from a TV impresario whose credits include the hydra-headed "Law & Order" franchise and whose shows have been a prime-time mainstay every season for a quarter-century — a feat likely unmatched by any other producer.
Wolf's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" is in its 15th season, airing Wednesdays at 8 p.m. CST on NBC.
"Cold Justice," a reality series where a former prosecutor and a former crime-scene investigator bring fresh eyes to moribund cases, returns on TNT for its second season on Friday at 7 p.m. CST. (This debut episode revisits the 2001 disappearance of an Altus, Okla., woman whose ex-husband, long a suspect, was arrested only last month with help from the show, then led officials to the woman's buried remains.)
"Chicago Fire," an action drama about big-city firefighters, is midway through its second robust season on NBC, airing Tuesdays at 9 p.m. CST.
And now on NBC at 9 p.m. CST on Wednesdays is "Chicago P.D.," a "Fire" spinoff that could spark a new franchise for Wolf: a "Chicago"-branded portfolio.
Why not? The morning after it premiered, Wolf would learn that a solid 8.6 million viewers had tuned in.
Centered on the Chicago Police Department's scrappy Intelligence Unit, the series pits Detective Sgt. Hank Voight and his team against the worst killers, drug traffickers and mobsters the Windy City can deliver.
A righteous cop who plays dirty when he needs to, Voight is in good hands with series star Jason Beghe in a portrayal that began on last season's "Chicago Fire."