Chicago Justice is an outlier in the One Chicago franchise. While the other three shows have either crossed the ten season mark, or are about to (fingers crossed for Chicago Med), Justice was taken off the air after only one season.
This was pretty surprising, given the pedigree of the people involved, and the fact that it had faces from other, established One Chicago shows like Jon Seda. In an era where television is looking back at the past, and reviving short-lived shows, however, is there a chance that we could get a Chicago Justice reboot?
Why did Chicago Justice get cancelled?
First, let’s look at why Chicago Justice failed to connect to viewers. The similarity the show had to the Law & Order franchise was something that was quickly pointed out, especially given that the two franchises are in the same television universe. Dick Wolf, the creator of both, tried to create distance between them in the promotional rollout.
“I didn’t want them compared directly because there is not the bifurcated structure of Law & Order,” Wolf told Observer in 2017. “I’ve described to other people that the four shows are a joy because it’s kind of like the human body: Fire is the crotch, PD is the muscle, Med is the heart, and [Justice] is the brain.”
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NBC Chairman Robert Blatt told Deadline that the show was ultimately scrapped because it was deemed the most expendable. He did state, however, that the cancellation was not a reflection of the show’s quality. “It wasn’t because the show wasn’t good, it was really because a lot of other factors,” he added.
What then, of the show’s future? Unfortunately, the window to bring back Chicago Justice has likely closed. The fact that the original Law & Order has been revived, coupled with the fact that it’s had multiple crossovers with One Chicago in the years since Chicago Justice was cancelled, only furthers the belief that it’s an inessential piece of the franchise.
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