Chicago PD (TV series)

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Chicago PD
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GenreDrama
Created by
Developed by
Starring
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes5 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Production company(s)
DistributorNBCUniversal Television Distribution
Broadcast
Original channelNBC
Original runJanuary 8, 2014 (2014-01-08) – present
Chronology
Related shows
External links
Official website
 
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Chicago PD
Title Card for Chicago P.D.jpg
GenreDrama
Created by
Developed by
Starring
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes5 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Production company(s)
DistributorNBCUniversal Television Distribution
Broadcast
Original channelNBC
Original runJanuary 8, 2014 (2014-01-08) – present
Chronology
Related shows
External links
Official website

Chicago PD is an American drama television show on NBC spun-off from Chicago Fire.

On March 27, 2013, it was reported that NBC was considering plans for a spin-off of Chicago Fire. Deadline revealed that the proposed spin-off would involve the Chicago Police Department, and would be created and executive produced by Dick Wolf, Derek Haas, Michael Brandt, and Matt Olmstead.[1][2]

On May 10, 2013, NBC picked up the show for the 2013–14 United States network television schedule.[3] On May 12, 2013, the show was announced as an unscheduled midseason replacement.[4] The show is shot entirely in Chicago.[3] The show will focus on uniformed police patrol and the Intelligence Unit that pursues the perpetrators of the city's major street offenses.[5] On October 18, 2013, NBC has announced that it would premiere on January 8, 2014, at 10:00 pm EST, after Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.[6]

It has been reported that Chicago PD will have a crossover with Law & Order: Special Victims Unit involving a rape case that begins in New York and ends in Chicago. The episode is scheduled to air in February 2014 after the Winter Olympics.[7][8]

On January 31, 2014, it was announced that NBC ordered two additional episodes of Chicago PD, bringing the total episodes for the first season to 15.[9]

Cast[edit]

Main cast[edit]

Recurring[edit]

Casting[edit]

Tania Raymonde has been cast in the planned series as a police officer named Nicole. Disney XD's Aaron Stone star Kelly Blatz has also been cast as a young but seasoned Officer Elam.[10] The new characters were introduced in the penultimate episode of Chicago Fire's first season, which aired on May 15, 2013.[3] Scott Eastwood is set to portray Officer Jim Barnes in the Chicago Fire season finale and the proposed spin-off. Eastwood also co-starred with Tania Raymonde in Texas Chainsaw 3D.[11] Law & Order: SVU's Melissa Sagemiller will portray Detective Willhite, a member of the Chicago PD Intelligence Unit.[12] However, rather than having a lead role in the regular cast as originally planned, her character was dropped after her initial guest spot on Chicago Fire.[13] Other cast members include Jason Beghe as the Intelligence team Sergeant Hank Voight and Jon Seda as Detective Antonio Dawson.[5] LaRoyce Hawkins was the only Chicago area actor originally cast in May.[14]

As the show went into pre-production, the cast began to change. On June 13, 2013, it was announced that Melissa Sagemiller would no longer be a part of the show and Jesse Lee Soffer officially joined the cast as a series regular. His character was introduced in the second season of Chicago Fire.[15] On August 23, 2013, Patrick Flueger and One Tree Hill star Sophia Bush joined the cast as Detective Adam Ruzek and Erin Lindsay respectively.[16] Marina Squerciati joined the cast on August 28.[17] On August 30, Elias Koteas became a regular.[18] Archie Kao was announced as a regular on September 27.[19] On October 21, Stella Maeve was cast in a recurring role as Nadia, a pretty 18-year-old escort who is addicted to heroin and goes through a very difficult withdrawal.[20] Sydney Tamiia Poitier will guest star in five episodes as a detective, who will eventually crossover on to Chicago Fire.[21] On December 20, it was announced that both Eastwood and Raymonde had departed the series over creative differences.[22]

Production[edit]

The series is filmed entirely in Chicago. The exterior of the station house is the Old Maxwell Street Police Station (943 West Maxwell Street).[citation needed] It is the same location that was used on the series Hill Street Blues.[citation needed] It is located about half a mile from the firehouse location of Chicago Fire at 1360 S. Blue Island Ave.[citation needed]

Series overview[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally airedDVD release date
Season premiereSeason finaleRegion 1Region 2Region 4
115January 8, 2014 (2014-01-08)N/AN/AN/AN/A

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(millions)
1"Stepping Stone"Michael SlovisMatt OlmsteadJanuary 8, 2014 (2014-01-08)8.59[23]
Sergeant Hank Voight of the elite Intelligence Unit at Police District 21 and his team of detectives investigate the brutal slayings by an assassin who is linked to Colombia drug dealers. During a lead, Detective Julia Willhite (Melissa Sagemiller) gets shot and killed. Meanwhile, veteran undercover officer Alvin Olinski recruits Officer Kyle Ruzek from the police academy. After the suspect is in custody, the young son of Detective Antonio Dawson is abducted. 
2"Wrong Side of the Bars"Joe ChappelleMichael Brandt & Derek HaasJanuary 15, 2014 (2014-01-15)5.50[24]
When the kidnappers of Antonio's son, Diego, demand the release of the drug lord, The Intelligence Unit uses all resources to find the boy. Later, the informant Antonio knows reveals the lead where Diego was held and arrested one of the kidnappers, but can't get information. With the blessing of Antonio's wife, Laura, to do what is necessary, Voight and Antonio force out information that leads to Chicago Union Station. Detective Erin Lindsay finds Diego on the bus with the other kidnapper and goes onboard. After secretly trapping the kidnapper on board, the kidnapper tries to use the boy as leverage to get out. But Ruzek drives the other bus into the vehicle, forcing the kidnapper to let go of the boy Antonio kills the kidnapper as Erin saves Diego. The cops later attend to the funeral of Willhite. 
3"Chin Check"Sanford BookstaverDavid HoseltonJanuary 22, 2014 (2014-01-22)6.24[25]
During a stakeout, a dealer was killed and Ruzek shot the shooter. The Intelligence Unit discovers armor-piercing bullets stolen from Canada in the house being sold using insulin boxes to hide them and traced them to several homicides. Olinsky goes undercover to a location went down which results in an intense gunfight. Det. Jay Halstead confronts with some unwelcomed people from the past. Erin consoles Kelly Severide when his sister is missing after his run-in with a criminal. Ruzek is encouraged to see the counselor for his first shooting. Voight and Olinsky confront a gang leader to ensure D'Anthony would not be part of the gang. Meanwhile, Laura wants Antonio to have her meet informant Jasmine. Thinking that Laura is jealous, Antonio sets it up to reassure his wife. Jasmine arrives at the restaurant, originally thinking that the dinner was just for her and Antonio. Shocked and embarrassed, Jasmine tells Laura that she has nothing to worry about. However, Laura just wanted to thank Jasmine personally for her contribution on saving Diego. Elsewhere, Voight's son gets out of jail and Erin goes to pick him up. She is shocked when he kisses her and promises to show her that he is no longer a kid. 
4"Now Is Always Temporary"Mark TinkerDenitria Harris-LawrenceJanuary 29, 2014 (2014-01-29)6.89[26]
The Intelligence Unit handles an intense hostage situation when an artist takes a call girl at gunpoint before taking his own life. The call girl tells Erin about a prostitute named Nadia who reveals the location of another dead body. They learn the artist helped make counterfeit money and track down the counterfeiters with the help of a Secret Service agent who is a friend of Voight's. Officers Kevin Atwater and Kim Burgess are assigned to convince a hoarder to clean her house or face charges. When their first attempt fails, Desk Sergeant Platt reprimands Burgess and Atwater for being too soft, and demands they go back to the house. When they go back, Atwater and Burgess discover a child being held captive in the hoarder's house. Olinsky learns that his daughter, Lexi, was holding a handful of joints for her boyfriend. Halstead reveals his reasons why he holds a grudge against the father and son he accosted before. The son, Lonnie Rodiger, molested and killed a kid who was the brother of Halstead's high school girlfriend, but got off when Lonnie's father, Phil, perjured his son's alibi. Voight's son Justin gets into a bar fight and the problems between father and son worsen. 
5"Thirty Balloons"Karen GaviolaCraig Gore & Tim WalshFebruary 5, 2014 (2014-02-05)6.00[27]
Atwater and Burgess get a new patrol car and Platt tells them that the car has to be the way it is because the district's Commander Ron Perry wants to use it as a show car. Then Burgess and Atwater see a crazed, bloody woman and subdued her, but the car was damaged and they tried to get it fixed with a help of mechanics. The woman has suffered a cocaine-induced psychotic break due a balloon of cocaine hidden inside her stomach. The Intelligence Unit discovers a drug-smuggling operation involving balloons and the woman's three partners also have drug mules. After the mules are kidnapped by two drug dealers, tech expert Sheldon Jin goes through the cellphone records of the dealers and learns an EMT is in league with the dealers. Voight confronts the dealer's uncle to reveal an location and its lead reveals an disemboweled body of one of the mules. Olinsky and Ruzek go on a stakeout and see the dealers taking the other two mules. They later save the mules and arrest the dealers. Erin attempts to keep Justin out of trouble when Voight finds out about the rap sheet of one of Justin's supposed "friends". 
6"Conventions"[28]TBATBAFebruary 26, 2014 (2014-02-26)TBA
In the conclusion of a crossover with Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, detectives Tutuola and Rollins assist Voight and Antonio in the investigation of a serial rapist/murderer. 
7"The Price We Pay"[29]TBATBAMarch 5, 2014 (2014-03-05)TBA

Ratings[edit]

Live + 7 Day (DVR) ratings[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
EpisodeAir dateTime slot (EST)Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions) increase
Total viewers
(millions)
Ref
11"Stepping Stone"January 8, 2014 (2014-01-08)Wednesdays
10:00 P.M.
2.0/62.4111.00[23][30]
22"Wrong Side of the Bars"January 15, 2014 (2014-01-15)1.5/48.5014.00[24][30]
33"Chin Check"January 22, 2014 (2014-01-22)1.6/54.9011.40[25][31]
44"Now Is Always Temporary"January 29, 2014 (2014-01-29)1.7/54.0010.89[26][32]
55"Thirty Balloons"February 5, 2014 (2014-02-05)1.7/55.4011.40[27][33]

Reception[edit]

Since its premiere Chicago PD has received mixed reviews from critics. Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, gives the drama a 50% rating based on 21 reviews, indicating a mixed or average rating.[34] Entertainment Weekly gave the drama a favorable review.[35]

It's hard to imagine the series capturing the compelling, can't-watch-just-one magic that makes the Law & Order franchise so marathonable, but it moves just fast enough to keep you from changing the channel in search of an SVU re-run.

 
— Ray Rahman, Entertainment Weekly

The New York Times also gave the series a positive review when it premiered on January 8.[35]

Chicago P.D. is, in many ways, a throwback to an earlier, male-dominated era of crime shows, yet it carves out room for strong female characters who are good at their jobs and taken seriously by their colleagues.
 

However, other critics expressed their disappointment in the police drama by creator Dick Wolf.[35]

When did Wolf's work, which used to show some grace and wit, become this ugly, plodding and crass?
 

References[edit]

  1. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (March 27, 2013). "NBC Eyes 'Chicago Fire' Spinoff Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 27, 2013. 
  2. ^ Slezak, Michael (March 27, 2013). "Chicago Fire Spreading? NBC Considering Police-Centric Spinoff Series". TV Line. Retrieved March 27, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c Metz, Nina (May 10, 2013). "NBC picks up 'Chicago Fire' spinoff 'Chicago PD'". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved May 11, 2013. 
  4. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (May 12, 2013). "NBC 2013-2014 Schedule: 'Revolution' Goes to Wednesday, 'Grimm' & 'Dracula' Pair for Friday, 'Parenthood' Thursday + 'Biggest Loser' & 'Chicago Fire' to Tuesdays". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 12, 2013. 
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  6. ^ Bibel, Sara (October 18, 2013). "'Ironside' & 'Welcome to the Family' Canceled by NBC; 'Community' to Premiere January 2, 'Chicago P.D.' January 8". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 18, 2013. 
  7. ^ Exclusive: Law & Order: SVU Cops to Guest Star on Chicago PD
  8. ^ Chicago P.D. Sends Sophia Bush to NYC for Law & Order: SVU Crossover
  9. ^ Ausiello, Michael. "TVLine Items: Michael Pitt Devours Key Hannibal Role, Chicago P.D.'s Shift Extended and More". TVLine. Retrieved January 31, 2014. 
  10. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (April 10, 2013). "Kelly Blatz Cast In 'Chicago Fire' Spinoff". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 16, 2013. 
  11. ^ Ausiello, Michael (April 9, 2013). "Chicago Fire Exclusive: Scott Eastwood (aka Clint's Son) Joins Police-Focused Spin-Off". TV Line. Retrieved April 9, 2013. 
  12. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (April 10, 2013). "Melissa Sagemiller To Star In NBC's 'Chicago Fire' Spinoff". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 21, 2013. 
  13. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (August 23, 2013). "Sophia Bush & Patrick Flueger Join NBC’s ‘Chicago PD’ As Series Regulars". Deadline.com. Retrieved November 19, 2013. 
  14. ^ Rackl, Lori (May 14, 2013). "The personal lives of police at the heart of ‘Chicago Fire’ spinoff". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved October 17, 2103. 
  15. ^ Ausiello, Michael (June 13, 2013). "Exclusive: NBC's Chicago Fire Spin-Off Drops Melissa Sagemiller, Adds Jesse Lee Soffer". TV Line. 
  16. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (August 23, 2013). "Sophia Bush, Patrick Flueger Join NBC's 'Chicago PD'". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  17. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (August 28, 2013). "NBC’s ‘Chicago PD’ Adds Another Regular". Deadline.com. Retrieved October 17, 2013. 
  18. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (August 30, 2013). "'The Killing's' Elias Koteas Boards 'Chicago PD' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 17, 2013. 
  19. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (September 27, 2013). "Archie Kao Joins ‘Chicago PD’ As Regular; Genevieve Angelson In ‘House Of Lies’". Deadline.com. Retrieved October 17, 2013. 
  20. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "Stella Maeve Joins ‘Chicago PD’; Nick Tarabay Cast In ‘Believe’; ‘Gang Related’ & ‘Twisted’ Also Add Recurring". Deadline. Retrieved November 3, 2013. 
  21. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (December 2, 2013). "Sydney T. Poitier Gets 'Chicago PD'/ 'Chicago Fire' Role, Tim Daly Joins 'Hot In Cleveland'". Deadline. Retrieved December 4, 2013. 
  22. ^ Ausiello, Michael (December 20, 2013). "Exclusive: Chicago Fire Spin-Off Cuts Two Actors". TV Line. Retrieved December 21, 2013. 
  23. ^ a b Bibel, Sara (January 9, 2014). "Wednesday Final Ratings: 'People's Choice Awards' Adjusted Up; 'Revolution' & 'Super Fun Night' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved January 9, 2014. 
  24. ^ a b Kondolojy, Amanda (January 16, 2014). "Wednesday Final Ratings: 'American Idol' Adjusted Up; 'Law and Order: SVU', 'The Tomorrow People' & 'Super Fun Night' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved January 16, 2014. 
  25. ^ a b Bibel, Sara (January 23, 2014). "Wednesday Final Ratings: 'Arrow' & 'The Middle' Adjusted Up; 'Modern Family' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved January 23, 2014. 
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  27. ^ a b Bibel, Sara (February 6, 2014). "Wednesday Final Ratings: 'Super Fun NIght' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved February 6, 2014. 
  28. ^ "Chicago PD : Conventions". Zap2It. Retrieved February 5, 2014. 
  29. ^ "Chicago PD : The Price We Pay". Zap2It. Retrieved February 5, 2014. 
  30. ^ a b http://instagram.com/p/jSD3JgjiJZ/
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  32. ^ http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2014/02/03/live7-dvr-ratings-modern-family-has-biggest-18-49-ratings-beauty-the-beast-tops-percentage-gains-the-blacklist-leads-in-total-viewer-increase-in-week-17/233895/
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  34. ^ "Chicago P.D. : Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved January 19, 2014. 
  35. ^ a b c http://www.rottentomatoes.com/tv/chicago-pd/reviews/

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