The episodes, to air Nov. 11 and Nov. 12, will share a story line about a child pornography ring that will begin on Chicago Fire (Tuesday, 10/9c) that then teams the P.D. squad to the New York City-based SVU investigators the following night (9/8c). Then, the SVU team travels to Chicago for the final hour of the event at 10/9c.
"It's really representative of what we're finding happening in the country more and more, that these organizations that we want to dismantle move across borders, they move state-to-state, and it takes a lot of people to cut off all the heads on this particular monster," Sophia Bush told TVGuide.com Monday. "It's a very personal story for Lindsay because it taps into her family and her childhood in a way that I don't think the audience will expect."
Bush's character, Lindsay, along with Halstead (Jesse Lee Soffer) and Voight (Jason Beghe), will appear on SVU. Rollins (Kelli Giddish), Amaro (Danny Pino) and Benson (Mariska Hargitay) will appear on P.D. However, no one from SVU will appear on Fire.
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"It's a crazy collaboration process because it's one thing to cross over two shows. It's a whole other thing when you add SVU into it too," Chicago Fire and P.D. executive producer Michael Brandt said. Also making things complicated is the fact that the Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. writers rooms are based in Los Angeles, while the SVU writers room is based in New York. "The logistics of making this work have been tough, but SVU sent a writer to Los Angeles to sit with us for awhile, and we all broke the stories together," Brandt said.
Although this is the first three-parter, this is hardly the first crossover between the three shows. SVU and P.D. crossed over twice last season when Det. Lindsay traveled to New York, and when Rollins and Fin (Ice-T) traveled to Chicago, and P.D. and Fire have crossed over quite a bit.
"We wanted to figure out a way to create a crime that connects all three shows. Warren Leight (SVU), Matt Olmstead (Chicago Fire and P.D.) and I came up with a story that was big and unique enough to transit to all three," Dick Wolf, who executive-produces all three series, said in a statement.
Brandt said that NBC first came calling about new possible crossovers after last April's successful Chicago Fire and P.D. two-parter, which revolved around the bombing of a hospital, and the subsequent investigation of who was behind it. "NBC was asking for more ideas on how another one might work, and Dick, of course, was pushing really hard on figuring out with NBC how to make it work for all the shows, and financially, and all those kind of details," Brandt said. "Dick is always looking for ways to cross over the shows, to promote the shows, to make everything bigger. These truly are his children, and we take his guidance. He's always thinking outside the box, and this is another example of that."
And it definitely won't be the last. Brandt said talks of another major crossover event for next year are already in the works. "For all I know, there might be a C.P.D-SVU crossover again so we'll see but there's definitely going to be a Fire-C.P.D. crossover in the second half of the year," Brandt said.
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Reporting by Kate Stanhope
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