Just in case you’re curious how NBC is going to be marketing Chicago PD season 5 without Sophia Bush, it’s going to be all about Voight – which makes complete sense since he is the head of his team and a character that fans love.
If you look below (via TVLine), you can see the just-released poster for the upcoming season premiering on Wednesday, September 27 at 10:00 p.m. Eastern. It features Voight seemingly coming into a crime scene, looking every bit as stoic and serious as you would expect from him. He’s ready to do his job, which translates to be “taking down bad guys by any means necessarily”. To further that point, Voight is pulling apart the police tape as a way to say that there are no lines he’s not willing to cross to get the job done. He’s great at getting criminals behind bars, but it’s the methods that makes this crime show stand out from all the others. He’s brutal, he’s blunt, and he often stops at nothing in order to ensure that he gets what he wants. The phrase “not on our watch” seems pretty much appropriate for Voight and his team’s commitment to cleaning up Chicago.
Will marketing the show around Jason Beghe and this character work? We think this is a compelling image, especially since he has such an intimidating-but-expressive face. He’s peering right into your soul, acting almost as though you are the criminal looking back at him. It gives the show some focus in a time of change. Bush is gone, Tracy Spiridakos is on full-time, and Jon Seda is coming back from Chicago Justice.
The challenge for Chicago PD this year is fairly clear: Trying to find a way to keep the show’s ratings and profile the same without Bush around, given her ability to often generate headlines. We do think most diehard fans will stick around, but will some of the casuals? This year is a big one for both Chicago PD and the entire One Chicago franchise in general given the state of flux that we’re seeing for the various series. Remember that Chicago Fire is moving over to Thursdays for the first time while Chicago Med isn’t going to be around until midseason. If you love this franchise as much as we do, we hope that you keep watching. Maybe the showrunners will see all of these different changes as a good thing; with any show, there are always going to be some forks in the road and things that you’re going to have to figure out along the way. This isn’t a roadblock; it’s an incentive for the entire franchise to push harder and bring it to the next level.
What do you think about this new Chicago PD season 5 poster?
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