Drama vet to serve as showrunner on Dick Wolf's latest series
“Chicago Fire” revolves around firefighters and paramedics at a busy Windy City firehouse.
Most recently, Olmstead has been co-creator and exec producer of A&E Network drama “Breakout Kings,” which just wrapped its second season. He co-created and served as exec producer of Fox’s “Prison Break” throughout its four-season run.
Early in his career, Olmstead spent 11 years working on various Steven Bochco series, and was co-creator with Bochco on ABC’s “Blind Justice.”
Haas and Brandt have worked primarily in features, so it was vital that “Fire” recruit a seasoned drama hand to get the show up and running for its fall preem. Wolf has generally worked with a tight-knit circle of showrunners who have circulated through the “Law & Order” universe, which makes Olmstead’s hire notable.
“Fire” marks Wolf’s first non-“Law & Order” branded scripted series since “Conviction” had a short run on NBC in 2006.
In addition to Wolf, Olmstead, Haas and Brandt, Wolf Films’ Danielle Claman Gelber and Peter Jankowski also exec produce.
Olmstead’s repped by WME.