Chicago P.D. (TV series)

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Chicago P.D.
Title Card for Chicago P.D.jpg
Genre Police procedural
Drama
Created by Dick Wolf
Matt Olmstead
Developed by Michael Brandt
Derek Haas
Starring Jason Beghe
Jon Seda
Sophia Bush
LaRoyce Hawkins
Jesse Lee Soffer
Patrick John Flueger
Marina Squerciati
Archie Kao
Elias Koteas
Amy Morton
Brian Geraghty
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 27 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Michael Brandt
Derek Haas
Danielle Gelber
Peter Jankowski
Matt Olmstead
Dick Wolf
Joe Chappelle
Mark Tinker
Production company(s) Wolf Films
Universal Television
Distributor NBCUniversal Television Distribution
Broadcast
Original channel NBC
Original run January 8, 2014 (2014-01-08) – present
Chronology
Related shows Chicago Fire
External links
Official website

Chicago P.D. is an American police procedural television drama series created by Dick Wolf and Matt Olmstead as a spin-off from Chicago Fire. The series originally premiered on NBC as a mid-season replacement on January 8, 2014. The show focuses on a uniformed police patrol and the Intelligence Unit that pursues the perpetrators of the city's major street offenses.[1]

On January 31, 2014, it was announced that NBC ordered two additional episodes of Chicago P.D., bringing the total episodes for the first season to 15.[2]

On March 19, 2014, NBC renewed the series for a second season.[3] The season premiered on September 24, 2014.

Plot[edit]

Chicago P.D. follows 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, including organized crime, drug trafficking and high-profile murders.[4]

Cast[edit]

Name Portrayed by Position Assignment Seasons
1 2
Henry "Hank" Voight Jason Beghe Sergeant Head of the Chicago Police Department's Intelligence Unit Main
Antonio Dawson Jon Seda Detective Intelligence Unit detective Main
Erin Lindsay Sophia Bush Detective Intelligence Unit detective Main
Jay Halstead Jesse Lee Soffer Detective Intelligence Unit detective Main
Adam Ruzek Patrick John Flueger Officer Intelligence Unit officer Main
Kim Burgess Marina Squerciati Officer Patrol officer Main
Kevin Atwater LaRoyce Hawkins Officer Intelligence Unit officer Main
Alvin Olinsky Elias Koteas Detective Intelligence Unit detective Main
Trudy Platt Amy Morton Sergeant Desk Sergeant Recurring Main
Sean Roman Brian Geraghty Officer Patrol officer Main
Sheldon Jin Archie Kao Detective Tech and surveillance expert Main

Main cast[edit]

  • Jason Beghe as Sergeant Henry "Hank" Voight, a shady yet loyal head of the Chicago P.D.'s Intelligence Unit. He is introduced in Chicago Fire as a dirty cop who clashes with CFD Lt. Matthew Casey after Voight's son Justin paralyzes a teenager while driving drunk. He was arrested by Det. Antonio Dawson for trying to have Casey murdered, but was later released from prison and reinstated to the police force by Internal Affairs in order to work undercover as a "dirty cop" in order to help catch criminals. There is some speculation that he is actually dirty. Prior to taking command of Intelligence, Voight worked in the Gang Unit. Voight is a widower; his wife, Camille, passed away. His son, Justin, is now serving in the Army after unwittingly becoming an accomplice to murder. In Season 2, Voight learns that he is going to be a grandfather when he meets Olive, who got pregnant by Justin before he enlisted. Voight previously served as Erin Lindsay's legal guardian as a teenager. While working a joint case with the NYPD Special Victims Unit, Voight and Sgt. Olivia Benson establish a bond of trust and friendship despite their differing methods.
  • Jon Seda as Detective Antonio Dawson, an Intelligence Unit detective who previously arrested Voight for harassment and now works alongside him. He is a husband and a father, and the older brother of paramedic-turned-firefighter Gabriela Dawson. Before transferring to Intelligence, Antonio worked on the Vice Squad. His previous partner was Detective Julie Willhite until she was killed by drug lord Adres "Pulpo" Diaz in the pilot episode.
  • Sophia Bush as Detective Erin Lindsay, a tough Intelligence Unit detective and former CI whom Voight took under his wing when she was a drug-addicted teenager. Because of this, she is closer with Voight than the other members of the unit. She has a half-brother, Teddy Courtney, who was taken by a pedophilia ring at age 13 and was found turning tricks in New York City 10 years later. In "Called in Dead", Lindsay takes a job with a federal task force, and in "We Don't Work Together Anymore", she is deputized as a DEA task force officer. In "Disco Bob", Lindsay quits the federal job and rejoins the Unit. While on the task force, she consummates her relationship with Jay.
  • Jesse Lee Soffer as Detective Jay Halstead, a brash Intelligence Unit detective who is Detective Lindsay's partner. He is often cocky, but has reason to be confident in his abilities. He is an Army Special Forces Veteran, having served with the 3rd Brigade, 75th Ranger Regiment. In season 2, after Erin joins a federal task force, the two consummate their relationship.
  • Patrick John Flueger as Officer Adam Ruzek, a police cadet recruited by Olinsky to do undercover work. He is often portrayed as an overeager amateur who dives head-first into a situation. However, he has proven on many occasions that listening to his instincts rather than his superiors can save lives. In "Different Mistakes", he is partnered with Burgess to do foot patrol as a uniformed officer at the urging of Olinsky. His father is "Disco Bob" Ruzek (Jack Coleman), a longtime patrol officer with the 26th District.
  • Marina Squerciati as Officer Kim Burgess, a former flight attendant-turned-uniformed patrol officer who was Atwater's partner. Now she is partnered with Sean Roman. Burgess is shot in "Called in Dead" and spends the next episode recovering. In "We Don't Work Together Anymore", Burgess spends a shift as acting Desk Sergeant due to her injuries, and turns down a promotion to Intelligence, deciding to remain on patrol.
  • LaRoyce Hawkins as Officer Kevin Atwater, a uniformed patrol officer who was Burgess' old partner until he was promoted to join the Intelligence Unit.
  • Archie Kao as Detective Sheldon Jin (Season 1), a tech and surveillance expert. He was discovered to be a reluctant mole working for Internal Affairs sergeant Edwin Stillwell, who has leverage to make him cooperate. He was found murdered in the first season finale episode "A Beautiful Friendship".
  • Amy Morton as Desk Sergeant Trudy Platt (Season 2—present; recurring Season 1), a sarcastic desk sergeant of District 21, and the immediate superior of the district's patrol officers. Before taking a desk job, she was a uniformed patrol officer and worked with Det. Dawson. She twice passed the detective's exam.
  • Brian Geraghty as Officer Sean Roman (Season 2), a brash patrol officer who partners with Burgess after transferring to the 2-1 from District 31. He transferred out because he fell in love with his partner, Jenn Cassidy (Spencer Grammer), who is now a K-9 officer. He has his own private security company on the side.
  • Elias Koteas as Detective Alvin Olinsky, a veteran undercover officer and a friend of Voight's who previously worked alongside Voight in the Gang Unit. Olinsky mentions in "Called in Dead" that he has 8 confirmed kills in the line of duty.

Recurring cast[edit]

  • Sydney Tamiia Poitier as Detective Mia Sumner, a new member on the Intelligence team
  • Ian Bohen as Sergeant Edwin Stillwell, Voight's new Internal Affairs handler. He was arrested after it was found out that he was involved in Jin's murder.
  • Josh Segarra as Justin Voight, Voight's son
  • Emily Peterson as Wendy, Ruzek's fiancée who ends their engagement in "My Way".
  • Robin Weigert as Erica Gradishar, Voight's first Internal Affairs handler
  • Robert Wisdom as Commander Ron Perry, the commander of the 21st District
  • Alina Taber as Lexi Olinsky, Alvin Olinsky's daughter
  • America Olivo as Laura Dawson, Antonio's wife
  • Stella Maeve as Nadia Comaneci,[5] an 18-year-old escort and addict whom Lindsay tries to help and later becomes the Intelligence Unit's civilian administrative aide after cleaning her act up

Crossover characters[edit]

  • Taylor Kinney as Kelly Severide, crossover character from Chicago Fire, Lieutenant of Rescue Squad 3 at Firehouse 51 and Erin's ex-boyfriend
  • Monica Raymund as Gabriela Dawson, crossover character from Chicago Fire, a CFD candidate and paramedic, also Antonio's younger sister
  • Jesse Spencer as Matthew Casey, crossover character from Chicago Fire, Lieutenant of Truck Company 81 at Firehouse 51 and Gabby's ex-fiancé
  • Lauren German as Leslie Shay, crossover character from Chicago Fire, a paramedic with Firehouse 51. She is killed in the Chicago Fire Season 3 premiere (Episode 1) "Always".
  • Kara Killmer as Sylvie Brett, crossover character from Chicago Fire, a paramedic with Firehouse 51. She is Leslie Shay's replacement.
  • David Eigenberg as Christopher Herrmann, crossover character from Chicago Fire, a fireman with Firehouse 51 who owns Molly's bar
  • Charlie Barnett as Peter Mills, crossover character from Chicago Fire, a fireman with Firehouse 51. As of Season 3, Episode 3, at the end of the episode, Peter Mills becomes a paramedic when Dawson becomes the CFD candidate at Firehouse 51 when he finds out the devastating news that he can no longer perform his duties for squad.
  • Yuri Sardarov as Brian "Otis" Zvonecek, crossover character from Chicago Fire, a fireman with Firehouse 51
  • Joe Minoso as Joe Cruz, crossover character from Chicago Fire, a fireman with Firehouse 51
  • Kelli Giddish as Det. Amanda Rollins, crossover character from Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, a detective from New York City.
  • Ice-T as Det. Odafin "Fin" Tutuola, crossover character from Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, a detective from New York City.
  • Danny Pino as Det. Nick Amaro, crossover character from Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, a detective from New York City.
  • Mariska Hargitay as Sgt. Olivia Benson, crossover character from Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, a detective from New York City. Despite their differing methods, she and Voight establish a bond of trust and friendship while working a joint case.

Episodes[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired Nielsen ratings
Season premiere Season finale Ranking Viewers
(in millions)
1 15 January 8, 2014 (2014-01-08) May 21, 2014 (2014-05-21) No. 50 8.03[6]
2 23[7] September 24, 2014 (2014-09-24) TBA TBA TBA

Production[edit]

On March 27, 2013, it was reported that NBC was considering plans for a spin-off of Chicago Fire. Deadline.com 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.[8][9]

On May 10, 2013, NBC picked up the show for the 2013–14 United States network television schedule.[10] On May 12, 2013, the show was announced as an unscheduled midseason replacement.[11]

On October 18, 2013, NBC announced that it would premiere on January 8, 2014, at 10:00 p.m. EST, after Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.[12]

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]

Casting[edit]

Tania Raymonde was cast in the planned series as a police officer named Nicole. Kelly Blatz was also cast as a young but seasoned Officer Elam.[13] The new characters were introduced in the penultimate episode of Chicago Fire's first season, which aired on May 15, 2013.[10] Scott Eastwood was 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.[14] Law & Order: SVU's Melissa Sagemiller would portray Detective Willhite, a member of the Chicago P.D. Intelligence Unit.[15] Other cast members include Jason Beghe as the Intelligence team Sergeant Hank Voight and Jon Seda as Detective Antonio Dawson.[1] LaRoyce Hawkins was the only Chicago area actor originally cast in May.[16]

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.[17] On August 23, 2013, Patrick Flueger and One Tree Hill star Sophia Bush joined the cast as Officer Adam Ruzek and Detective Erin Lindsay respectively.[18] Marina Squerciati joined the cast on August 28, 2013.[19] On August 30, Elias Koteas became a regular.[20] Archie Kao was announced as a regular on September 27, 2013.[21]

On October 21, 2013, 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.[22] Sydney Tamiia Poitier will guest star in five episodes as a detective, who will eventually crossover on to Chicago Fire.[23] On December 20, 2013, it was announced that both Eastwood and Raymonde had departed the series over creative differences.[24]

Crossovers[edit]

The characters of Chicago P.D. have had several interactions with the characters of Chicago Fire. Additionally, P.D. has had crossovers with Fire and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

  • "Comic Perversion"/"Conventions" — In this crossover with Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Detective Lindsay comes to SVU for help in catching a serial rapist after a misogynistic stand-up comic is himself convicted of rape, so Tutuola and Rollins offer their assistance to the Chicago Intelligence Unit.
  • "A Dark Day"/"8:30 PM" — This crossover with Chicago Fire brings the fire and police departments of Chicago together to find the culprits who set off an explosion at Chicago Memorial Hospital.
  • "Nobody Touches Anything"(Chicago Fire Season 3, Episode 7)/"Chicago Crossover"(Law and Order SVU Season 16, Episode 7)/"They'll Have to Go Through Me"(Chicago PD Season 2, Episode 7) — This crossover with Chicago Fire and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit depicts Special Victims Unit and the Chicago Intelligence Unit working together to take down a pedophile ring after Firehouse 51 discovers a box containing child pornography photos.[25]
  • "Three Bells"/"A Little Devil Complex" — In this crossover with Chicago Fire, Intelligence helps Firehouse 51 find the arsonist suspected of killing Shay.[26]

Reception[edit]

Ratings[edit]

Season Timeslot (ET) Episodes Premiered Ended TV Season Rank Viewers
(in millions)
Date Premiere
Viewers
(in millions)
Date Finale
Viewers
(in millions)
1
Wednesday 10:00 PM
15
January 8, 2014 (2014-01-08)
8.59[27]
May 21, 2014 (2014-05-21)
6.27[28] 2014 #50 8.03[6]
2 23[29]
September 24, 2014 (2014-09-24)
8.51[30] TBD 2014–15 TBA TBA

Reviews[edit]

Since its premiere, Chicago P.D. 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 mixed or average ratings.[31] Ray Rahman of Entertainment Weekly gave the drama a favorable review: "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."[32] Alessandra Stanley of The New York Times also gave the series a positive review when it premiered on January 8: "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."[32] Other critics, however, expressed their disappointment in the police drama, such as Robert Bianco of USA Today: "When did Wolf's work, which used to show some grace and wit, become this ugly, plodding and crass?"[32]

Broadcast[edit]

In Australia, Chicago P.D. premiered on the Universal Channel on November 20, 2014.[33]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards and nominations for Chicago P.D.
Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result
2014 Imagen Foundation Awards Best Supporting Actor/Television Jon Seda Won
Best Primetime Television Program: Drama or Comedy Chicago P.D. Nominated

References[edit]

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