Unfortunately, the future for one Chicago Justice over at NBC now seems over before it really had a chance to see what season 2 could do.
Sources confirm that the network has now canceled the One Chicago offshoot after just one season, which means that the franchise is now down to just three shows with Chicago Med getting a midseason renewal. There is something fairly odd in the way that the network is changing course with the franchise. At this point a year ago, they couldn’t get enough of it; now, they are moving somewhat in a different direction. Some of that may be due to the franchise’s surprising syndication struggles; given that Chicago Fire is somewhat serialized, that has caused it trouble in terms of selling it to cable networks for additional income. Meanwhile, Chicago PD still has not been brought out to market, but could find itself in some similar trouble.
Justice was the lowest-rated of the shows on NBC, but it was a stronger performer than Taken, Timeless, or Shades of Blue, which all got renewals for additional episodes. This mostly shows that this is a network looking to diversify more of its portfolio rather than necessarily one that hated Chicago Justice or what it brought to the table. It did have some compelling cases, and a good cast fronted by Philip Winchester and Joelle Carter. Given that our own Twitter background was taken from the set of the series, so there is a personal connection here that makes the news rather sad.
Given that the entire Dick Wolf brand / One Chicago universe is synonymous with NBC, it’s also close to impossible to fathom a way in which the show ends up getting picked up by another network. It’s just not something likely to happen, so with that, it’s best to tribute the show for what it was. It created some great drama, and it also told some interesting stories and featured very topical and relevant stories.
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