‘Chicago Law’: Fourth Installment of NBC Drama Franchise Officially in Development

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Update, Jan. 21: “Chicago Law” is now officially in development, eyeing a midseason debut in the 2016-17 season. As first reported by Variety in the story below, the title for the potential series is in fact “Chicago Law,” and characters for the new legal drama will be introduced this season during “Chicago P.D.”

Original Story, Jan. 13:

NBC is considering a fourth installment of its increasingly successful franchise of Chicago-set procedural dramas.

Network execs have had early conversations with exec producer Dick Wolf about the possibility of launching “Chicago Law” set in the legal realm. A show focused on courts and lawyers would complement the existing series: “Chicago Fire,” which bowed in 2012, “Chicago P.D.,” now in its third season, and “Chicago Med,” which bowed in the fall.

NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke emphasized that the discussions are still in the conceptual stage and there is no script or writer attached for the spinoff. But the idea is that key characters for “Chicago Law” could be introduced in “Chicago P.D.,” much as the other spinoffs came from planted episodes of mothership “Chicago Fire.”

“We could plant the seeds for some characters who could live within the world of ‘P.D.’,” Salke told Variety on Wednesday during NBC’s winter Television Critics Association press tour presentation.

The Universal TV-produced “Chicago” shows have become vital anchors of NBC’s schedule on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Greenblatt noted that “Chicago P.D.” has lately started to win the Wednesday 10 p.m. hour in the adults 18-49 demo. During his exec Q&A session, Greenblatt praised Wolf for crafting a franchise that features characters and storylines that can be “seamlessly interwoven” among three hit drama series.

“Now we have a ‘Chicago’ zeitgeist,” he said. “I think it’s innovative and fresh and we’re seeing more (viewership) building as the weeks go on.”

Following this report being published, Wolf spoke on a panel for his current “Chicago” franchise, confirming talks of “Chicago Law.” To see what he said, click here.

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  1. Judy says:

    Absolutely. This concept of integrating several shows is entertainment at its best on TV. It is such a treat to see quality television, keep it going, you cannot go wrong.

  2. Love Dick Wolfs shows, PD is #1, Fire 2.
    The idea of another show sounds good;
    I think 4 are enough.

  3. bigjonnyko says:

    HERE IS THE PILOT EPISODE SCRIPT FOR THE NEW CHICAGO SHOW I AM RECOMMENDING: When the Chicago MED doctors are tending to lil Billy’s broken arm they call the Chicago PD suspecting abuse, but lil Billy tells them he was just trying to save his kittie cat so the PD guys call, the Chicago FD to help get the cat out of the tree… but really don’t we all want to know what happens to that cat??? Well we can now FIND OUT on Chicago Animal Control, Chicago’s finest!!

  4. Wow ! There’s a lack of creativity there… with the Chicago stuff…. You should arrange problems with Chicago Med before going on other series. How about CHICAGO HOOKERS… that could be interesting…. undecover policewoman goes undercover as hookers……Please stop before viewers goes beserk.

  5. Dunstan says:

    Oh, no. Please spare us from this pedestrian standard-issue network drivel.

    What’s next? Chicago Janitorial?

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