Chicago PD star confirms season 11 production delay

CHICAGO P.D. -- "Trapped" Episode 1014 -- Pictured: LaRoyce Hawkins as Kevin Atwater -- (Photo by: Lori Allen/NBC)
CHICAGO P.D. -- "Trapped" Episode 1014 -- Pictured: LaRoyce Hawkins as Kevin Atwater -- (Photo by: Lori Allen/NBC) /

Chicago PD was renewed for another season by NBC, but recent events have made it so that the season will be arriving later than originally planned. SAG-AFTRA, otherwise known as the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, have gone on strike for better working conditions, effectively bringing a halt to all mainstream film and TV productions.

While Chicago PD just wrapped its tenth season a months ago, the show generally reconvenes in late July to start planning out and working on the next season. Due to the joined efforts of actors and writers (who are also on strike), however, this will not be a deadline that’s met in 2023.

Is Chicago PD going to be delayed?

LaRoyce Hawkins, who plays Kevin Atwater on PD, discussed the strike during a recent master class lecture at LSU. He not only confirmed that he was in support of the strike, but that the strike would be causing a delay to the production of season 11.

“Naturally, after the writers strike, it’s going to take the writers a while to start warming up their rooms again and starting to conceptualize stories again,” he told the LSU audience. “So we might need like a three-week buffer.” The actor went on to weigh in on the strikes themselves, and how long he feels they will go on before an agreement is reached.

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The bad news? It’s not going to be soon, and PD will be delayed. The good news? Hawkins doesn’t think the delay will as long as some people are fearing it will be. “From my personal research, we have a big hill to climb before we can find an agreement,” he explained. “I’m faithful and optimistic that it will only be a couple more months, if that, that we’re off.”

NBC hasn’t yet confirmed its scheduling plans for the fall, but based on what Hawkins said, and the actions taken by peer networks like ABC, we imagine an official announcement will be made soon. In the meantime, let’s binge those earlier Chicago PD seasons.

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