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All the TV networks are getting ready or have already started to announce their new fall lineups to advertisers. With that come the reveals regarding which shows are getting the axe. There have already been some surprising cancellations (Castle!), but amidst all the doom and gloom of the season, there are plenty of new shows that will be added to the schedule. Chicago must be a bumping place because NBC has ordered another show set in Dick Wolf’s Chicago procedural TV universe. Called Chicago Justice, the show will follow a team of lawyers and investigators as they navigate high-profile cases in the pursuit of justice.
Chicago Justice joins the ranks of NBC’s Chicago-based procedural shows, Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D., and Chicago Med. We got a taste of the show in a backdoor pilot during Wednesday night’s episode of Chicago P.D. and the episode did well enough in the ratings that NBC decided to order a new series. According to Entertainment Weekly, the episode drew 6.8 million viewers with a 1.8 in the all-too-important 18-49 demo range. That’s an increase of 8% compared to last week.
The series will follow a team of lawyers and investigators with "an unwavering passion for the law." They'll have to solve high profile cases while under the microscope of a hungry media and deal with "heated city politics" like only Chicago can provide. I'm fine with all these Chicago-based shows, but I wish someone would make a really serious Wolfian drama in a really low-key town like Stone Mountain, Georgia. Where's my Stone Mountain Justice TV show?
As introduced in the backdoor pilot, the series will star, Carl Weathers (Predator), Joelle Carter (Justified), Philip Winchester (Strike Back), Nazneen Contractor (Heroes Reborn), and Ryan-James Hatanaka (Eye Candy). Dick Wolf will serve as an executive producer for the series. It's surprising that it took this long for them to do a law drama considering this is Dick Wolf, but that just means it'll probably be good. Fingers crossed someone in the pilot says, "now that's what I call Chicago justice," and then cue the title card. That's a free one for you, Dick Wolf.
While the Chicago franchise is thriving (here’s hoping for a big four-way crossover episode some day), NBC and the other networks have gotten to work cancelling other shows. So far NBC has cancelled Heroes Reborn, The Player, You, Me and The Apocalypse, and Truth Be Told. It’s also been a bit of a bloodbath over at ABC where Agent Carter, Galavant, Blood & Oil, The Muppets, and Nashville are just some of the shows that have gotten the axe. Stick with us here at CinemaBlend for more updates on all cancelled, returning, and new series for this upcoming fall season.