Mixing and Matching Characters from "Chicago P.D.," "Chicago Med," and "Chicago Fire"

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Producer Dick Wolf creates troubled and flawed characters we love.    So, it's brilliant of him to cross-pollinate them on his three Chicago series: "Chicago P.D.," " "Chicago Med," and "Chicago Fire." For example, in one episode of "Chicago P.D.," It's the hospital administrator from "Chicago Med" who gently talks Voigt into ending life support.

Online Dating - "Chicago Fire" Features a Victim

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Producer Dick Wolf's formula is to create plot lines for his dramas "ripped from the headlines."   Last night's episode of the Wednesday "Chicago Fire" featured a woman who had become a victim of the online dating scene.

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"Chicago Med" - I Want a Lawyer

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Producer Dick Wolf created a signature of bringing controversial issues to television dramatic programming.  " Now, it's becoming a part of the Wednesday hit "Chicago Med."

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More "Chicago Med," Less "Court TV," "Shark Tank"

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Producer Dick Wolf, who invented "Chicago Med," would be smart to exploit the surge in popularity about Everything Healthcare. The front lines of heroism during these Coronavirus Times are the selfless and exhausted medical doctors, nurses, physician assistants, and EMTs. 

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Producer Dick Wolf Has Lots of Work Ahead of Him (especially in redefining Hank Voight)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

More to the point is the character of Hank Voigt on "Chicago PD." Much-loved Trudy on the "Chicago P.D." Although "Without a Trace" hasn't been producing new programming in years, the flawed persona of FBI agent Jack Malone continues to get a lot of attention. "The crime genre glorifies police violence, but should we ban such shows, or reappraise them with a critical eye?" 

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"Law & Order SVU" and "Chicago" Mix & Match - Dick Wolf Makes It to Another Season

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Does producer Dick Wolf "own" NBC?  On NBC, both Wolf's long-running Thursday "Law & Order SVU" and his Wednesday Chicago trio (Med, Fire, Police) have been renewed for yet another season.

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"Chicago PD" - But, We Could Be the Ones Pursued/Arrested

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

One thing all "Chicago PD" viewers will agree on is this: How raw the content is. Produced by Dick Wolf, the series is about how the members of that Elite Intelligence Unit on the Chicago Police Department are caught in transition. Surely, Chicago is better off without those lowlifes. The tone, plot action, and scenes mirror what made "Reservoir Dogs" so memorable.

Any Trust in U.S. Healthcare System - Let Dick Wolf Episode on "Chicago P.D." Blow that Out of the Water

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Meanwhile, since television producer Dick Wolf rips episode plots from the headlines, expect to see some of the Husel type story on a program like "Chicago P.D." If medical personnel at Mount Carmel Health System knew there could be an undercover agent in their midst there might not be the current allegation about William Husel M.D. The possibility of a spy in some form - doctor, nurse, aide, administrator - could deter crime against patients. 

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Dick Wolf - On and Off

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

It's a brilliant tactic by iconic producer David Wolf. An example had been the murders and burnings of female nurses, first in New York, then in Chicago. Law enforcement from "Chicago PD" and "Law & Order SVU" come together to find out who the bad guy is. But they aren't able to do that before one of their own - Nadia who works with the Chicago police but isn't a police officer - also becomes his victim.

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Dick Wolf Sure Knows How to Orchestrate Finales

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Last night's three Chicago series produced by Dick Wolf had their finales.  For "Chicago P.D." In "Chicago Fire," both the firefighters and many workers are trapped in a burning mattress factory.   Meanwhile on "Chicago Med," there are plenty of loose ends. One doctor is killed in a retaliation scheme involving her lover who is also a doctor at Chicago Med.

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Dick Wolf - Will He Wind Up Too Boxed In?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Those brilliant fictional characters in law enforcement producer Dick Wolf created don't fit well with the BLM ethos. Wolf became a brandname and wealthy through catchy police crime shows, ranging from "Law and Order SVU" to "Chicago PD."

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The 3-Hour Special: Dick Wolf Off His Game

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

A charming technique producer Dick Wolf uses is mixing and matching characters from his long list of shows. The three are:  "Chicago Med" "Chicago Fire"  "Chicago PD." For his Wednesday evening three shows he has been doing that on a regular basis. " Tonight, that tactic took the format of a three-hour special, actually combining all three shows.

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"TV" No Longer Means "Network"

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  Now, even the heavy hitters such as producer Dick Wolf (creator of the "Law & Order" franchise) seem to be running low on creativity. It's the end of an era: Free network TV.

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Olivia Benson + Hank Voigt = Dick Wolf Ratings Formula (and extreme treat for audiences)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Part of the genius of television producer Dick Wolf is his ability to create complex characters. Hank Voight is corrupt on "Chicago P.D." We love it when Benson and some of her team show up in Chicago to help Voight out with ridding the city of a sexual sadist. I would recommend that to establish more of moat protecting gambler Amanda Rollins on "SVU" from herself that she be transferred to "Chicago P.D."

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Christopher Meloni (who played Elliot Stabler) Coming Back to NBC

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

There's plenty of that mixing on Wednesday night with his three Chicago productions - Med, Fire, and Police.    This new series is the first Wolf is producing as part of a five-year contract with Universal Television.

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Bill Murray: How Art Can Change Your Life.

Presentation Zen

People often ask great storytellers—writers, producers, directors, authors, etc.—where Right from the beginning, we hear of a traumatic failing that sends Murray out onto the streets of Chicago for a long walk. He continues to walk, not feeling especially hopeful, until he stumbles upon the Art Institute of Chicago. Bill Murray is a wonderful storyteller. A couple of years ago, I linked to this wonderful interview with Bill Murray by Howard Stern.

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Shemar Moore, As Hondo in "SWAT," Back for 3rd Season on CBS

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Overall, the plot lines, writing, and acting aren't as strong as those in the recent Chicago programming produced by Dick Wolf who had been the mastermind for "Law & Order." " The most powerful of Wolf's three Chicago franchise is "Chicago P.D." Shermar Moore took a big risk leaving the role of Derek Morgan on "Criminal Minds."  "  But, it is paying off, at least right now.

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June 4, 2019 - Boston Lost Some Brand Equity

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  But, the things could get bad enough in the city to have "Law & Order" producer Dick Wolf consider launching "Boston P.D." " Currently he has in production the popular series "Chicago P.D." Boston isn't the kind of urban area we associate with mean streets and crime. After all, the lawyers in "Boston Legal" were genteel. And it was on Milk Street that Ben Franklin had his startup print shop. 

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Traditional Concept of "Police Department" in Play

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Executive producer Warren Leight of the longest running network TV crime drama "Law & Order SVU" said that future programming would feature George Floyd issues. On "Chicago PD," Hank Voigt might not be able to play so fast and loose with the rules.

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Bill Murray on Art & Life

Presentation Zen

People often ask great storytellers—writers, producers, directors, authors, etc.—where Right from the beginning, we hear of a traumatic failing that sends Murray out onto the streets of Chicago for a long walk. He continues to walk, not feeling especially hopeful, until he stumbles upon the Art Institute of Chicago. Embed from Getty Images. Bill Murray is a wonderful storyteller. A couple of years ago, I linked to this wonderful interview with Bill Murray by Howard Stern.

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Extreme Volatility of Brand Equity - The Matter of the Ninth Circuit

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  After the allegations about Roger Ailes' sexual bullying broke in the media, Fox News producers I talked with worried if they should begin a job hunt. One former producer deleted it. He operates a communications boutique in Manhattan, with a branch in Chicago. Being a clerk on the Ninth Circuit is a plum opportunity. Or was. According to Kathryn Rubino and Elie Mystal at Abovethelaw , sources report that three clerks have exited. That has not yet been confirmed. 

Pop Culture (and many courts) Addicted to AA Meetings

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

It's a lazy producer's standard trick: Panning the camera on Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings to signal that character X or Y is troubled.    Tonight the camera doing the AA meeting panning was on "Chicago P.D." It would be a public service if producers begin showcasing other kinds of recovery models.

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America-phile – Life Across the Pond

Pro Humorist

I am also in negotiations with The University of Chicago to go and teach a presentation skills workshop for them. It’s one of the top 3 Universities in Chicago. It’s fun as I get on well with the other comedy performers who are quickly establishing themselves on the Chicago comedy scene. I also took classes at iO, Chicago’s famed improvisation training centre, for two terms. So the show will mark my Chicago theatrical debut.

The Forever Nostalgia of The First Real Apartment (i.e. the fire-trap with desk in hall, w/o roommates)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Walking around the desk to get in always produced belly laughs. Bohemian living was far better than bunking in a garden apartment box in a Detroit or Chicago suburb.  The ultimate rite of passage had been to be able to afford our own apartment. That is, the one without roommates.

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The Oddball Romantic Attraction to Murderers Behind Bars - Ted Bundy, Menendez Bros, Jodi Arias, Now Lee Boyd Malvo

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Pop culture programming like "Criminal Minds" and "Chicago P.D." When in their heads, human beings are the producer, director, and scriptwriter shaping an ideal fantasy.  Prison bars not only can't keep out love - the old-fashioned married kind.

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Will #MeToo Give "Law & Order SVU" 22nd Season?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The plot for that one focused on an actual film producer. They range from "FBI" to "Chicago P.D." The 21st season of iconic "Law & Order SVU" is not off to a promising start. The first episode was the  second  ripped from the headlines play-out of the Harvey Weinstein allegations of sexual misconduct. The earlier one on an airline pilot. In addition, the characterization of Olivia Benson was filled with excessive close-ups of empathy.

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May Their Service Be Celebrated, Their Souls Rest in Peace: Joe Calabrese and Steven Silks

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Genius producer Dick Wolf captures the complex psyches of police in "Chicago P.D." " Each member of that elite unit has his or her demons. The most complex case of suffering is played out by the leader Hank Voight. Audiences feel for this antihero. In real life we are encountering the kind of mental disquiet which the police officers were not able to endure. In the New York Police Department this week there have been 2 suicides. Here is the coverage in the media.

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America-phile – Life Across the Pond

Pro Humorist

I am also in negotiations with The University of Chicago to go and teach a presentation skills workshop for them. It’s one of the top 3 Universities in Chicago. It’s fun as I get on well with the other comedy performers who are quickly establishing themselves on the Chicago comedy scene. I also took classes at iO, Chicago’s famed improvisation training centre, for two terms. So the show will mark my Chicago theatrical debut.

2019, So Far - 2,400 Layoffs in Media (that brutal moment of clarity)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

A recent re-run of "Chicago PD" refers to the field of journalism as over. The producer Dick Wolf creates plot lines ripped from real-life headlines.  On the one hand, former bigwig at The New York Times Jill Abramson laments that commentary is replacing facts in media. That's her rant in "Merchants of Truth." " However, as every college freshman learns, journalism, because it is created by human beings, will never have 100% objectivity.

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Courtroom v. Street

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Those coming of age in machine cities such as Jersey City, New Jersey or Chicago, Illinois, often only know how to survive via the underground. But don't produce on the favors and there will be not only the loss of that job but broken car windshields and unplowed streets during wicked snow storms. Pop culture couldn't keep putting out there content about the U.S. official legal system unless the subject was marketable. And that it is.

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"Law & Order SVU" - The Troubled Guru

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Producer of the "Law & Order" series Dick Wolf established the signature of having plots ripped from the headlines. Currently, his "baby" is the Wednesday three hours of linked "Chicago Med," "Chicago Fire," and "Chicago P.D." That used to be provocative. Viewers enjoyed the parallels to real life. Now, it seems a force fit, at least on the aging series "Law & Order SVU."

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More 3-part lists and a touch of management speak from Obama on Egypt

Max Atkinson

I say 'yet another' because I've commented before on Obama's frequent use of three-part lists, of which there were 29 in his ten minute victory speech in Chicago. From his five minute speech yesterday, it was yet another three-part list was singled out from President Obama's statement about Egypt to become the most widely quoted line in the news headlines: "An orderly transition must be meaningful, it must be peaceful and it must begin now."

Sexual Harassment in the Meetings Industry

PCMA Convene

Time announced its Person of the Year just two short months after The New York Times broke its story investigating the sexual misconduct of Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. She fell into hospitality after that, and several years ago she became part of the pre-opening team for a Chicago hotel, working as the assistant director of sales. Photo Credit Mike Reddy/Rusty Elliott/SYLV1ROB1/Adobe Stock.

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When "um" became a dirty word

The Eloquent Woman

So there was ample opportunity -- there are decades between the invention of phonography and rise of commercial radio -- for the seeds of a vague discomfort to be planted in small groups who both produced speech and listened to it, and who would ultimately create the standards at the same time they were adapting their own speech production. (Editor's note: You have just a few days left to sign up for next week's workshop--links at the end of this post.

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Designing Choreographies for the New Economy of Attention

http://delicious.com/akarrer/prospeaker

According to Jonathan Crary, "modern distraction was not a disruption of stable or natural kinds of sustained, value-laden perception that had existed for centuries, but was an effect — and in many cases a constituent element — of the many attempts to produce attentiveness in human subjects" [ Crary 1999 , 49]. The successful choreography of attention, therefore, considers how architectural space, digital channels and screens combine to produce a situation that is inclusive and expansive.

When did "um" become a dirty word?

The Eloquent Woman

So there was ample opportunity -- there are decades between the invention of phonography and rise of commercial radio -- for the seeds of a vague discomfort to be planted in small groups who both produced speech and listened to it, and who would ultimately create the standards at the same time they were adapting their own speech production. You’ve probably heard that it’s best to ban “um” and “uh” from your public speaking, but those dreaded pause fillers weren’t always forbidden words.

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Rhetoric & imagery in Obama's victory speech

Max Atkinson

THE ART OF ORATORY Barack Obama’s speech in Chicago following his victory in the US election was a fine example of the rhetorical brilliance that helped him defeat Hillary Clinton and John McCain. This speech in an impressive example of how they can be used to get across almost every single point you want to make -- and, in this case, had the effect of moving many who heard it, both live in Chicago and around the world, to tears).

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BLOG INDEX: Sept 2008-June 2009

Max Atkinson

A prime minister who openly refused to answer an interviewer’s questions • UK Speechwriters' Guild • Gordon Brown's interview technique: the tip of a tedious iceberg • Eye contact, public speaking and the case of President Zuma • Chicago! This is a list of everything posted since the blog started in September 2008. It's updated at the end of each month, and you can access direct links to each post by clicking HERE or from the monthly lists on the left. JUNE 2009 ?

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BLOG INDEX: Sept 2008-May 2009

Max Atkinson

A prime minister who openly refused to answer an interviewer’s questions • UK Speechwriters' Guild • Gordon Brown's interview technique: the tip of a tedious iceberg • Eye contact, public speaking and the case of President Zuma • Chicago! This is a list of everything posted since the blog started in September 2008. It's updated at the end of each month, and you can access direct links to each one by clicking HERE or from the monthly lists on the left.

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BLOG INDEX: Sept 2008-August 2009

Max Atkinson

A prime minister who openly refused to answer an interviewer’s questions • UK Speechwriters' Guild • Gordon Brown's interview technique: the tip of a tedious iceberg • Eye contact, public speaking and the case of President Zuma • Chicago! This is a list of everything posted since the blog started in September 2008. It's updated at the end of each month, and you can access direct links to each post by clicking HERE or from the monthly lists on the left. AUGUST 2009 ?

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BLOG INDEX: Sept 2008-July 2009

Max Atkinson

A prime minister who openly refused to answer an interviewer’s questions • UK Speechwriters' Guild • Gordon Brown's interview technique: the tip of a tedious iceberg • Eye contact, public speaking and the case of President Zuma • Chicago! This is a list of everything posted since the blog started in September 2008. It's updated at the end of each month, and you can access direct links to each post by clicking HERE or from the monthly lists on the left.

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