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

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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