‘Chicago Med’ showrunner departs before season 1 production begins

Bad news for anyone out there hoping to see some stability over at “Chicago Med.” Only a few days after losing one of its stars in Laurie Holden (Walking Dead), the NBC series has also now lost a showrunner. Andrew Dettmann is departing due to creative differences, and this leaves NBC and Universal TV in a position where they have to find someone new to steer the ship in a very short amount of time.

In a joint statement today, the network confirmed this news with the following message:

“Andrew Dettmann won’t be continuing as an executive producer on Chicago Med … The network and studio value their relationship with Andy and plan to continue to work on other projects together.”

We should say here that there is no reason to press the panic button when it comes to the future of the series just yet. After all, we have seen more than a few examples over the years of a show that manages to have things come together after a few unexpected surprises. This show has a number of familiar executive producers (including Matt Olmstead and Dick Wolf) to go along with many successful sister shows to help support it, so we really aren’t too worried about it.

Still, it is a bad sign for there to be this much creative strife before production really even gets going. The series itself is going to premiere in November, so there really isn’t much time to get things in order. Originally, there was going to be a little more time before its premiere, but it was bumped up a few months after another NBC show in “Heartbreaker” was pushed to midseason.

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