NBC Renews Chicago Fire, P.D. and Med For 3 Seasons, Along With 3 Season Renewal For Law & Order: SVU
If you are a fan of Dick Wolf’s procedurals, we have some very good news, as NBC announces massive three-season renewals for ‘Chicago Fire‘, ‘Chicago P.D.‘ and ‘Chicago Med‘, along with a three-season renewal for long-running drama ‘Law & Order: SVU‘.
These huge renewals come on the back of producer Dick Wolf signing a huge five-year, nine-figure deal, which sees Wolf Entertainment stay at Universal, which has been the home of his studio’s home for the past 36 years.
“I’m gratified and excited that Universal will remain our home for five more years,” commented Wolf. “This new term deal complements our recently concluded agreement to make Peacock [NBC’s new US streaming service] one of the primary destinations for both the L&O and Chicago brands, as well as our extraordinary three-year NBC broadcast pickups on all four current series. We are now supercharged to expand our business on new platforms, both domestically and internationally, while continuing to produce our current and future series for broadcasting and streaming networks.”
The new deal secures ‘Chicago Fire’ up to Season 11, takes ‘Chicago P.D.’ up to Season 10 and ‘Chicago Med’ up to Season 8. However, it is ‘Law & Order: SVU’ which really sets records following the renewal. The current 21st Season was already historic when it made the show the longest-running primetime drama ever on US tv, surpassing the original ‘Law & Order’ and ‘Gunsmoke’, which both had 20 Seasons. The renewal, which takes it up to Season 24, puts a solid 4 Season gap between it and the competition. The 21st Season also put actress Mariska Hargitay in the record books, as NYPD Lieutenant Olivia Benson became the longest-running character in a primetime live-action series. Whilst these renewals will mean negotiating new deals with the various casts, Wolf has a solid track record of retaining the main actors for his shows. Hargitay, in particular, seems unlikely to go anywhere else and has already expressed her desire to stay with the character.
These big multi-season renewals had been something of a rarity up until this year, where NBC has been handing them out a lot more freely. The ‘Chicago’ series and ‘SVU’ join brilliant medical drama ‘New Amsterdam’ and juggernaut ‘This Is Us’, which were both renewed for 3 Seasons a few months ago.
“Dick Wolf has proven time and time again that he makes shows audiences love,” adds Paul Telegdy, Chairman, NBC Entertainment. “We are delighted, excited and proud that as part of this epic deal with Wolf Entertainment, NBC’s loyal audience will know that their favourite shows have a certain future for the next three years.”
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