There will be some changes following the completion of Chicago PD season 4 — based on some of the current news that is out there, showrunner Matt Olmstead is going to be stepping down once we get to the end of the road this year.
According to a new report coming in right now courtesy of Deadline, there is no replacement for Olmstead just yet, but this is something that will likely be sorted out over the next couple of months. The Dick Wolf universe is known for switching around showrunners every now and then — Chicago Med swapped showrunners before it even premieres, and Law & Order: SVU transitioned from Warren Leight to Rick Eid recently. Olmstead serves as an executive producer across the franchise, and we imagine he will remain in that role.
Of course, NBC has not technically renewed Chicago PD, or any of the other shows in the franchise, for that matter. However, it feels almost like a lock that said renewals are coming given that these shows are among some of the most-popular on the network, and they have potential to do huge crossover events multiple times a season. There’s really not another set of shows on the air right now that are as fluid as these — even with the DC Comics universe over on The CW, it’s a little more challenging logistically for the four of them to do things on a regular basis.
Given the likely Chicago PD renewal, we expect season 5 with a new showrunner to premiere in September. Before getting around to that, there are still many other emotional episodes coming up. For example, be prepared to check out a big installment of the show on Wednesday night where the Kim Burgess character (played by Marina Squerciati) will be thrust into the spotlight. In the event that you want some other news about that, including a video preview, you can do so over at the link here.
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