Chicago PD has been renewed for another season by NBC. It was a no-brainer following the cliffhanger ending of season 9, in which Adam Ruzek (Patrick John Flueger) was on the brink of death following a gunshot wound to the stomach. There’s also the imploding marriage of Upton (Tracy Spiridakos) and Jay Halstead (Jesse Lee Soffer), which feels as though it come to a close in the near future.
The problem is, Chicago PD has been delayed indefinitely. The writers and actors strike have made it so that most scripted dramas have been pushed back to 2024, but depending on how long the strike wears on, there’s a chance that the procedural drama won’t be back until halfway through the year. Is there a chance it will get cancelled before then?
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It’s a possibility, based on the track record of TV shows during strikes. In 2007, several shows were taken off the air following the strike, even if they were long-running, like The CW sitcom Girlfriends. That being said, PD is a strong ratings earner, and its ties with the rest of the One Chicago brand give it an extra layer of security. NBC is well aware that One Chicago is a wildly popular franchise, so it would not be wise to tinker with it.
There are also rumors that the strike may be coming to an end soon. While nothing is set in stone, and outlets are making it very clear that it is all speculative, USA Today reported that the CEOs of Disney, Netflix, Warner Bros. Discovery and NBCUniversal decided to hold meetings with the Writers Guild of America on Thursday.
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While this would be a major step for both sides, there will still need to be some time allotted to the creatives once the strike is resolved (not to mention the fact that the Actors Guild needs to reach a separate agreement). Chicago PD star LaRoyce Hawkins told an LSU audience that there will be at least a several week buffer to allow time for the writers to start drafting episode scripts.
“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,” Hawkins noted. “So we might need like a three-week buffer.” While there’s still no release time for season 11, all signs point to the fact that the show will not be cancelled.
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