Clearly, NBC did not want to waste a whole lot of time before lifting the veil on the future of the “One Chicago” franchise. Less than 24 hours after its backdoor pilot aired in primetime, the “Chicago PD” spin-off “Chicago Justice” featuring Philip Winchester and Carl Weathers is a go over at NBC.
This move is not even remotely a surprise, mostly because of the fact that the ratings for “Chicago PD” last night were fairly solid, and the same goes for some of the reviews. We also feel like legal drama is something that network TV will be sorely lacking in the fall, given that “The Good Wife” is over and “Suits,” our other favorite show in the genre, is a cable program that airs for the most part in the summer.
Now that “Chicago Justice” has cleared this hurdle, the next order of business is going to be securing the rest of the cast (Nazneen Contractor and “Justified” alum Joelle Carter are also currently on board), a premiere date, and so much more. We would not be shocked if this is held to midseason, mostly because “Chicago PD” initially was and the plan was for “Chicago Med” to do the same before Melissa George’s pregnancy on “Heartbeat” pushed that show back from its original premiere date. That should give the series plenty of time to incubate, and figure out precisely the sort of stories and people they want to include.
Of course, we also imagine that we’re going to get a chance to get a few other crossovers throughout the course of its first season. We’re super-excited to see what happens from here on out.
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