The Twitter account for the company of FBI Showrunner and famous producer Dick Wolf just revealed a behind-the-scenes secret about how they pull the set together. FBI is one of the many shows run by Wolf that’s airing this year.
“While prepping this episode of #FBICBS, we had to figure out how to replicate a hospital control room. Our Set Decorator was able to find several Computer Mainframe Towers and an array of monitors and miscellaneous items that we think pulled it all together!” the account for the producer tweeted.
So, do you think they pulled it together? It looks pretty legit to us.
‘FBI’ Franchise is part of a New Era of Broadcast Television
If you’re an FBI fan, you already know that the franchise is airing its shows back to back to back on Tuesday nights. In fact, FBI took over a coveted and long-held NCIS timeslot. It’s all part of a new era of Broadcast TV. That era is ushered in by people like Dick Wolf and CBS President of Entertainment Kelly Kahl.
Wolf explained the “franchise” approach to airing shows in an interview with Deadline.
“We know this works, that there are certain dynamics that are just true when you stack these shows,” Wolf said.
“You can look at research that tells you that everybody talks about binges. People bingeing a series and watching (a season) in three nights. These are streaming series where the average order is 8, and you can get through a whole bunch of episodes. But the average binge is three hours,” he explained.
Each year, more and more people decide to cut their cable plans in favor of streaming networks, leaving TV executives like Wolf in a tough spot. Now, it’s normal for network shows to worsen in ratings each year. Streaming services have proven themselves to be dominating this era of entertainment. But it looks likes networks are trying to find a modern rhythm.
“That seems to be where people are most comfortable if they’re going to sit down and watch something. And after 40 years of doing this, the one thing I know is that if you set the table correctly for an American television audience, they’ll stay,” he said.
The formula also leaves the shows ripe for crossover opportunities, which can draw in more viewers across the series. In fact, the franchise came back on September 21st with a major crossover event. Crossover events like this are typically quite successful. Therefore, we shouldn’t expect to see the last of them any time soon.
Tuesday nights with the FBI franchise start with FBI at 8/7 central. The show is then followed up by the all-new FBI: International and FBI: Most Wanted.