NBC has ordered more One Chicago. Chicago Fire is renewed through season 11, Chicago PD to season 10, and Chicago Med until season 8.
On Thursday, the network signed franchise creator Dick Wolf to a massive new contract. Part of that deal included renewing all of his current shows for an additional three years.
That will keep the entire Chicago Wednesdays block on the air guaranteed until May 2023, and it doesn’t rule out them being renewed past that, either!
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This isn’t an unprecedented move in television, particularly on NBC, which has previously handed out multi-season renewals to New Amsterdam and This Is Us. But it’s certainly a major move that already has fans everywhere buzzing.
After all, it means that the writers and producers can write with an eye toward the long-term and not come up with short-term cliffhangers and other gimmicks trying to get another season. That’s something many TV shows on many networks struggle with every year.
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And it’s also good business for NBC as the network has locked up its biggest name for the next few years. With Dick Wolf now having success building his FBI franchise at CBS, no doubt NBC was interested in making sure he didn’t continue going other places.
Not only do they rely on him for four shows on NBC alone, he’s also got multiple series on Oxygen and another set up on the new streaming service Peacock. And in the case of Chicago PD, Chicago Med and Chicago Fire, he’s single-handedly winning Wednesday nights for the network in total viewers.
But don’t celebrate too much just yet: all three shows will have to renew contracts of their stars going forward.
Just because the shows have been renewed, doesn’t mean that someone won’t be choosing to leave after this season, next season or two years from now—or that producers won’t write them out. Those are all decisions that will have to be made in the coming days, months and years.
Certainly, now that the showrunners of each show will be looking down the line to make sure their series get to 2023 (and the actors will have to consider signing on for another three seasons), this might be the time we see further shakeups.
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