What does the writers strike mean for Chicago PD?

CHICAGO P.D. -- "Deadlocked" Episode 1016 -- Pictured: Jason Beghe as Hank Voight -- (Photo by: Lori Allen/NBC)
CHICAGO P.D. -- "Deadlocked" Episode 1016 -- Pictured: Jason Beghe as Hank Voight -- (Photo by: Lori Allen/NBC) /

Chicago PD was renewed for an additional season by NBC. It will be airing its eleventh season, making it the second-longest running show in the One Chicago franchise behind its predecessor, Chicago Fire. All signs point to the season premiering in September, but the writers strike may lead to some delays.

The writers strike has been going on for a month, and is being orchestrated by the Writer’s Guild of America (WGA) as a means of getting better contracts and working conditions from the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP).

When will Chicago PD return?

While a month-long strike is concerning for the industry at large, PD recently wrapped up its tenth season, and a few months before it returns. No problem, right? Well, not exactly. PD starts filming in July, meaning writers need to have at least a handful of scripts ready to go so the show can be ready for its premiere.

If there are no writers to script episodes, then there are no stories, and PD will be forced to delay production. Depending on how long the delay is, the premiere date could also be pushed back to the end of the year. It all depends on how long it takes for the WGA and the AMPTP to reach an agreement, but early signs indicate that there is still a lot of ground to cover.

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Doug Creutz, an analyst at TD Cowen, told CNBC that three plus months is a realistic time table, based on how negotiations have gone so far.

A protracted strike is a definite possibility,” he explained. “Clearly, a significantly extended strike would impact the amount of new shows available to streaming services and linear networks, which eventually could start to drive up both SVOD churn and linear cord-cutting.”

We hope that things get resolved between the WGA and the AMPTP as soon as possible, so that fans can continue to get quality network TV.

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