CHICAGO FIRE, PD Renewed

CHICAGO FIRE, PD Renewed

NBC gave some early good news to Chicago this week, renewing the two locally-produced programs CHICAGO FIRE and CHICAGO PD for new seasons.

It will be the third season for Dick Wolf's CHICAGO FIRE and the second season for its spin-off, CHICAGO PD.

CHICAGO FIRE is currently a star for NBC, consistently winning the most viewers in its 10 p.m. EST 9 p.m. CST Tuesday time slot with an average of 10.6 million viewers.

CHICAGO PD's opened with the second highest drama debut on all networks this season at its time slot and has stayed consistently strong, averaging 8.9 million total viewers. It has also paired well with its lead-in, LAW & ORDER: SVU, retaining over 90 percent of the viewers from the show, most likely benefited by the very successful crossover episode between the two shows, which you watch right here. PD airs on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. Central.

FIRE and PD have also teamed up for a crossover episode, centering on a terrorist attack. The two episodes completed filming earlier this month and the plot line is supposed to begin airing April 29.

On a side note, NBC also renewed the Friday series GRIMM, which will be entering its fourth season. No, it's not shooting in Chicago but it is executive produced by two Chicago natives, Todd Milliner and Sean Hayes (best known for his on-camera work in the popular series WILL & GRACE). Congratulations to Todd, Sean and the rest of the production team!

ABOUT CHICAGO FIRE AND CHICAGO PD

CHICAGO FIRE is shot entirely on location in Chicago. The ensemble cast includes Chicago actors Christian Stolte and Joe Minoso, Naperville native David Eigenberg, Taylor Kinney, Jesse Spencer, Eamonn Walker, and Lauren German. The series was created by Derek Hass and Michael Brandt. They are executive producers with Dick Wolf, Danielle Gelber, Peter Jankowski and Joe Chappelle.

CHICAGO PD is a riveting police drama that follows the men and women of the Chicago Police Department's District 21 who put it all on the line to serve and protect their community. District 21 is made up of two distinctly different groups: the uniformed cops who patrol the beat and go head-to-head with the city's street crimes and the Intelligence Unit that combats the city's major offenses - organized crime, drug trafficking, high profile murders and beyond. The vast responsibilities that these jobs entail extend far beyond the walls of the precinct, often taking an emotional toll on personal lives of these men and women.

Mike McNamara is the Co-Founder of The Midwest Independent Film Festival, www.midwestfilm.org. Mike pays his rent as an actor in Chicago in theatre, commercials, television and film. More from Mac at www.findmac.com.