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Chicago Med has more clout than most new shows have before premiering, thanks to being a part of an already-successful franchise. The medical drama is a spinoff of both Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. that is expected to hit at midseason. However, recently the show has been dealing with a casting shakeup, and this week we learned Chicago Med has lost its showrunner, as well. It’s pretty late in the game for this stuff to be happening, but on the bright side Med is already looking for a new showrunner.
This week, NBC and Universal TV confirmed that showrunner Andrew Dettmann is out on the series. Like so many other ousted showrunners, Dettmann is leaving due to “creative differences” on the medical drama. Since the show isn’t premiering until midseason, Chicago Med isn’t even in production yet, and there should be a little time to find a replacement. Here’s the statement the network gave to TV Line regarding the loss of Andrew Dettmann.
Andrew Dettmann won’t be continuing as an executive producer on Chicago Med. The network and studio value their relationship with Andy and plan to continue to work on other projects together.
The news comes just a few days after Chicago Med lost one of its lead actresses. Earlier in August, Laurie Holden announced that she was leaving the drama for “family reasons.” At that time, the network also made a statement, mentioning that new roles are currently being cast, so we should be hearing about who will be replacing the actress sooner rather than later.
Chicago Med was originally pitched last winter. We later got a feel for the cast and the premise of the ensemble medical drama during a planted episode that featured Oliver Platt, Yaya DeCosta, S. Epatha Merkerson, Nick Gehlfuss and the recently displaced Holden. This spring, NBC decided to move forward with the project, albeit at midseason.
It’s not uncommon for shows to do a little bit of retooling before they air. ABC also has a midseason drama The Catch that has undergone some casting changes and the loss of a showrunner in recent weeks, so it’s not as if Chicago Med is alone in terms of problems this TV season. Still, it’s hard enough to get a TV show on the air without major changes, and Chicago Med has seen a lot. We’ll let you know if the show runs into any more problems on the way to production.
In the meantime, if you’d like to see what NBC has coming up this fall, head here.