Chicago PD season 7 recruits Prison Break’s Paul Adelstein

NBCUNIVERSAL EVENTS: NBC & Vanity Fair NBC Primetime Party at The Henry in Los Angeles, November 15th, 2018 -- Pictured: Paul Adelstein, "I Feel Bad" -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)
NBCUNIVERSAL EVENTS: NBC & Vanity Fair NBC Primetime Party at The Henry in Los Angeles, November 15th, 2018 -- Pictured: Paul Adelstein, "I Feel Bad" -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC) /

Prison Break alum Paul Adelstein has joined Chicago PD in an important recurring role for multiple Chicago PD season 7 episodes.

Fans of Chicago PD now have an answer to the biggest question from last season’s ominous finale: who’s going to be the next Superintendent?

There will be a new leader of police in the Windy City when Chicago PD season 7 premieres this fall, as TV veteran Paul Adelstein has been hired to play interim Superintendent Jason Crawford.

Adelstein’s recurring role will fill the void left by John C. McGinley’s character, Superintendent Brian Kelton, who was murdered during the sixth season finale—shortly after getting himself elected as the next Mayor of Chicago.

Fans had been asking who would step into Kelton’s office next season, since not only was he killed but his right-hand woman Katherine Brennan (recurring guest star Anne Heche) was made to take the fall for him earlier in the season.

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The producers have found another actor who will be incredibly familiar to TV fans.

Adelstein is well-known for his Prison Break role as Paul Kellerman, a Secret Service agent involved in a major conspiracy. He starred in the first two seasons and the final season, while being credited as a special guest star during season 4.

Former Chicago PD showrunner Matt Olmstead was an executive producer on Prison Break, which also cast several future One Chicago actors like Christian Stolte, DuShon Monique Brown, and Titus Welliver.

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More recently, Paul Adelstein starred as David Sweetzer, the husband of the main character, on NBC‘s short-lived sitcom I Feel Bad. Before that, he portrayed the lead’s ex-husband on Bravo‘s hit Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce, as a series regular for the first two seasons before recurring in season 3 and season 5.

The actor is also a veteran of ABC‘s Shondaland universe. He starred as Cooper Freedman in the first Grey’s Anatomy spin-off Private Practice and recurred as Leo Bergen on Scandal.

While it’s unclear how many Chicago PD episodes he’ll appear in, it’s obvious that the show has nabbed a very strong replacement for McGinley. Adelstein knows TV, and he particularly knows how to play characters who shake things up—whether they’re out-and-out antagonists or they just tend to make things more complicated.

The question for fans is if Crawford will be yet another high-ranking official who makes things difficult for the Intelligence Unit, or if he could be a more affable boss for the team to play off of. The latter would be an excellent change of pace, but there’s a lot on the line when the seventh season starts, too.

Adelstein’s casting is even more interesting because the actor is from Chicago. Check out his recent Instagram post in Crawford’s dress uniform below, then be on the lookout for him when Chicago PD season 7 premieres on Sept. 25.

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