Good news for fans of the Chicago franchise. NBC has decided to renew dramas Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, and Chicago Med. There has been no word if the freshmen series Chicago Justice will be renewed. It currently is the lowest rated series of the four and is still working on finding an audience on Sunday nights after premiering in early March. Law & Order: SVU, another series created by Dick Wolf, is still awaiting a renewal. Though it would be surprising if NBC did not renew this cult favorite that debuted back in 1999.
There was a lot of speculation if NBC was going to renew Chicago Med for a third season after the move to Thursday nights caused a decline in ratings. Syndication sales which would help a series last through a fourth season have not yet occurred for Chicago Fire (currently in season 5) and Chicago PD (currently in season 4), so it does not look hopeful that a syndication deal would be in the works for Med or Justice.
Earlier this week, NBC made a shocking announcement when they renewed first season drama Taken. This did not bode well for the Chicago shows. Though it was pretty much a given that Chicago Fire and PD would get a renewal, many critics believed that Med or Justice won’t make it to another season. The announcement that Med was granted a third season, may mean that we will soon hear that
If you are worried that Chicago Justice may receive the axe, you may be in luck. Shades of Blue received an early season three renewal by NBC and does not fair as strongly in the ratings as Justice. NBC will unveil their new fall schedule at Upfront on May 15th! Stay tuned to TV Overmind for more renewal/cancellation updates as they become available.
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