Chicago Med showrunners stepping down after season 9: 'It's time'

A seismic change has occurred for the show ahead of its tenth season.
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Chicago Med has had lots of changes in season 9, but this one change we didn't see coming. Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider, the longtime showrunners of Med, have decided to step down from their roles following the conclusion of the current season. The upcoming finale will serve as their showrunner swan song.

Frolov and Schneider have been the showrunners of Chicago Med since the show's inception, and have been the primacy forces behind its continued success alongside Chicago Fire and Chicago PD. They are, effectively, to credit with every great story arc or casting decision that has happened in the show's history, and it will be sad to see them go.

Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider have run Med since S1

Andrew Schneider, Diane Frolov
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The duo issued a statement to Variety following their announcement, in which they made it clear that they loved their nearly decade-long run on the show.

"We were honored to be chosen by Dick Wolf to run Chicago Med and have tremendously enjoyed our association with Wolf Entertainment and Universal Television," they wrote. We love Chicago Med and have devoted all our creative energies to it, but after nine seasons we feel it’s time for us to move on and explore other possibilities."

Frolov and Scheinder concluded their statement with a heartfelt thanks to the cast, crew and everyone else who contributed to Med over the last nine seasons:

"We’ve been privileged to work with a great writing staff, production team and a brilliant cast of actors. We will miss them all."

A replacement showrunner has yet to be announced

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A replacement for Frolov and Schneider has not been announced. This is the first time that NBC has had to find a new showrunner (or showrunning duo) for Med, so it will likely not be a process they want to rush. Whoever steps into the role next will have big shoes to fill.

This was not lost on Dick Wolf, who issued a statement praising the duo for their longevity:

"We’re grateful to Diane and Andy for nine fabulous seasons of Chicago Med. They helped us give NBC a No. 1 bonafide hit for almost a decade."

We're excited to see how Frolov and Schneider wrap up their tenure on the show, and what will become of the Gaffney Medical Staff under new leadership in season 10!

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