Chicago Fire’s Olivia Newman has found success in the One Chicago franchise, and now she’ll be directing an upcoming episode of Dick Wolf’s CBS series FBI.
CBS has listed Newman as the director for the FBI episode “Broken Promises,” which is scheduled to air on Tuesday, March 10 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. It will be her FBI debut.
The episode centers on a murder that appears to be politically motivated, but then is revealed to be the first in a series of homicides. Special Agents Maggie Bell and OA Zidan (Missy Peregrym and Zeeko Zaki) and their team must catch the serial killer.
For One Chicago fans, this is great news, because it’s another example of someone’s career taking off after their work in the NBC franchise.
Newman had never directed television before she stepped behind the camera for the Chicago Fire season 7 episode “What Will Define You” as part of NBC’s Female Forward program.
That turned out to be one of the most important episodes of the season, and certainly the most emotional one, as it centered around the funeral of Benny Severide (an unseen Treat Williams), who had died off-screen earlier in the season. It also included the return of Brittany Curran as Katie Nolan after several seasons’ absence.
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Newman’s work in that episode was impressive, and led to her directing three more episodes in the One Chicago universe. Olivia Newman is also credited with the Chicago Fire episodes “Move A Wall” and this season’s “Badlands” and she went on to direct the recent Chicago PD midseason premiere “Mercy.”
She’s the latest example of Dick Wolf’s series recognizing and cultivating talent from one show or franchise to the next. Chicago PD showrunner Rick Eid is also in charge of FBI, which just recruited Chicago Justice showrunner Michael Chernuchin as an executive producer for this season.
Plus, one of the guest stars in Tuesday’s FBI was Vedette Lim, who previously recurred during the second season of Chicago Fire as Leslie Shay’s then-girlfriend Devon.
So not only is next month’s episode a huge accomplishment for Olivia Newman, it’s also wonderful for the entire Dick Wolf universe. Hopefully, though, doing this show won’t take her too far away from return to the One Chicago world—because she’s done wonderful work in the four episodes that she’s delivered so far!
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