Fresh off an early renewal for the Fox hit series EMPIRE, there's more great news for Chicago as NBC has re-upped CHICAGO FIRE for season four and CHICAGO PD for season three.

According to Deadline, CHICAGO FIRE is "delivering a 2.8 rating, 9 share in adults 18-49 and 10.1 million viewers overall this season, making it NBC's No. 2 drama in both measures (behind THE BLACKLIST)," while CHICAGO PD is "earning a 2.3 rating, 7 share in adults 18-49 and 9.4 million viewers overall this season."

And what's good for CHICAGO FIRE and CHICAGO PD is great for a number of Chicago-based companies, including BAM Studios, which handles all ADR for both series. "It’s just a fantastic thing for all of us in Chicago," said Brian Reed, President of BAM. "It’s obviously great for BAM Studios since we do a lot of work on both shows but it’s really a great thing for the entire community with all the amazing actors we have as well as all the support companies that are hired by NBC/Universal here. It’s really nice to know that the opportunities will be there with the continued success of both of these shows. Everyone we work with is extremely proud and happy about what is happening here in Chicago”

And these early renewals signal that NBC might finally be finding some anchors for its evening lineups after a string of short-lived shows. “The creative vision of the executive producers who’ve guided these outstanding dramas has been nothing short of incredible,” said Jennifer Salke, president, NBC Entertainment. “We’re highly appreciative of the passion they bring to their shows at every step of the creative process and we’re thrilled to reward that dedication with these renewals.”

And right around the corner is the CHICAGO MED spinoff episode, which will air as episode 19 of CHICAGO FIRE in March. If these CHICAGO MED characters gain some traction with viewers, we might have a third Dick Wolf franchise thriving in this city. I'll keep you posted!

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