Franchises like ‘Black-ish,’ ’911,’ ‘Chicago P.D.’ building bigger TV universes

Franchises like ‘Black-ish,’ ’911,' ‘Chicago P.D.’ building bigger TV universes

By Amber Dowling, Variety

Tribune Content Agency |
Aug 12, 2019 | 2:46 PM


"Mixed-ish" is a spinoff of ABC's "Black-ish," which aired a flashback episode of Bow and her siblings back in May. (Handout / ABC)


Expanded universes, travelling characters, major crossover events — network television is banking on bigger franchise series across the board in the wake of overall creative deals and bolstered ratings, resulting in a new wave of storytelling and audience investment.

In the 2019-20 television season, at least one franchise series punctuates each major net’s schedule, from Dick Wolf’s “Chicago” series on NBC and his upcoming “FBI” expansion at CBS, to the DC Universe on the CW, and the “9-1-1” spinoff “9-1-1 Lone Star,” come midseason at Fox. Meanwhile at ABC, “Grey’s Anatomy” showrunner Krista Vernoff was also handed reins at “Station 19” to help expand and unify those universes, while a “Black-ish” spinoff — “Mixed-ish” — is coming (the second overall but first for the Alphabet; “Grown-ish” airs on Freeform), and “The Goldbergs” offshoot “Schooled” has been renewed for a second season.


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