NORTH LAWNDALE — Chicago 'hoods: your TV fame may last longer than the proverbial 15 minutes.
Dick Wolf, creator of the locally-filmed "Chicago Fire," "Chicago P.D." and the upcoming "Chicago Med," predicts the NBC shows could run as long as a decade.
"With the Chicago shows, there's no reason they can't run as long as the 'Law & Orders' did. Let's be conservative and say 10 years," Wolf tells the Hollywood Reporter.
Wolf calls his operation "a well‑oiled creative machine."
"With the Chicago shows, we're doing 46 episodes this year, and we've never missed an airdate and we come in on budget. That takes discipline on everybody's part," he said.
Wolf added, "The wonderful thing about the company is, we don't make Ferraris. We make Mercedes S-class sedans. They're black. They're not flashy. But they run for hundreds of thousands of miles. That's what they're designed to do."
Meanwhile, "Chicago Med" will premier this fall and not as a mid-season replacement as originally thought, says deadline.com.
The site describes "Chicago Med" as "an emotional thrill ride through the day-to-day chaos of the city's most explosive hospital and the courageous team of doctors who hold it together."
The characters will "tackle unique cases inspired by topical events, foraging fiery relationships in the pulse-pounding pandemonium of the emergency room, and through it all, familiar faces from the Chicago police and fire departments will intertwine."
The cast includes S. Epatha Merkerson and Oliver Platt.
The state estimates Wolf's company spent nearly $100 million filming in Illinois last season.
In May, reelchicago.com reported that Cinespace Chicago, 2621 W. 15th Pl., built four new soundstages at its near west location, "most likely" for "Chicago Med."