Hollywood has been put on hold. The SAG-AFTRA, otherwise known as the Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, have decided to cease all work on films and TV shows after failed negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers.
SAG-AFTRA joins the WGA, or the Writers Guild of America, on the picket lines, which marks the first time both have gone on strike in sixty years. It’s unclear how long these respective strikes will go on, but it’s safe to assume that they will cause some production delays for shows like Chicago PD.
Is the Chicago PD cast on strike?
Chicago PD, like the other One Chicago shows, generally starts production in late July, so that it can be ready to go come September. Because the show doesn’t have writers to pen new episodes, or actors to appear in them, however, it’s highly unlikely that they will be able to meet their usual July start date.
In other words, the procedural drama will likely be delayed until 2024. NBC hasn’t announced its plans for the rest of the year, but we anticipate that the network will take a similar approach to ABC, who decided to push back all their scripted dramas until the new year. ABC chose to fill the void of the fall lineup with reality programming, which doesn’t require union writers or actors.
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The issue with a delay, beside the obvious, is that the smaller production window, coupled with the schedule of other seasonal programming, means that we will likely get a condensed season of Chicago PD. If the show doesn’t premiere until mid-season 2024, then we will only be getting half a season of episodes, as opposed to the usual amount of 20-22.
Actors will not be permitted to promote their respective projects, in addition to not working on them. This means that the Chicago PD cast will not be able to tease upcoming events or reveal any major details about season 11 ahead of time. We hope that SAG-AFTRA and AMPTP reach an agreement that’s satisfying for both parties.
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