It appears as though there are going to be some last-minute changes for “Chicago Med.” While the spin-off to “Chicago Fire” had already made a backdoor pilot and was creating storylines and episodes for the fall, it was confirmed today that it is losing one of its headlining stars in Laurie Holden. The former “Walking Dead” actress is departing the series, with the statement below making it clear the personal reasons serve as the explanation:
“I am so grateful to Dick Wolf, my fellow cast members, NBC and the entire ‘Chicago Med’ team for their understanding. Sometimes we must make tough choices and, for family reasons, not doing ‘Chicago Med’ is one of those for me at this time. I know the show is going to be a huge success and I’ll be watching.”
The show will work immediately to try to bring in some new characters to try and fill this void. It’s going to be hard to replace someone like Holden, especially with so many other big names cast on other shows already. The real objective for the series more than likely is going to be just trying to create some great storylines and characters that have people addicted. Without that, there is no show, and it really does not matter who is aboard.
There is still a little ways to go until “Chicago Med” premieres on November 17, but we will have some further updates all about what is coming as time passes. Holden is already in the promotional material released by NBC, so the network has some work to do behind the scenes.