LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 08: Dick Wolf attends a basketball game between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on March 08, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)
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Dick Wolf appeared in the Season 11 episode, "Ratings Guy," which aired in October 2012, where the Griffin family was selected to become a Nielsen Family. Naturally, this leads Peter to try and "improve" existing TV shows with all kinds of idiotic suggestions, turning the TV landscape into a "vast wasteland," as Quagmire puts it, and ratings plummet.
As Peter assembles the leading TV producers of 2012 to come up with more traditional TV shows to win back the viewing public, he enlists Dick Wolf. Peter instructs Wolf to marry "Mad Men" creator Matt Weiner, so that his name will be "Dick Weiner," and make "the same 'Law & Order’” six times, and Wolf eagerly agrees.
The joke is in reference to the Law & Order fatigue phenomenon Wolf created when he had several "Law &Order" series simultaneously airing, with "Special Victims Unit” being the last show standing by 2012. However, Wolf would go on to repeat the "Law & Order" saturation feat by spawning the three "One Chicago" shows that now dominate Wednesday nights on NBC.