Thursday, May 12, 2016

NBC Picks Up Dramas 'Chicago Justice' and 'This Is Us' to Series

NBC is officially expanding its Chicago universe once again. A day after airing its backdoor pilot during Chicago P.D., the broadcast network has given a series order to Chicago Justice for the upcoming 2016-17 season. The network has also picked up Dan Fogelman's dramedy This Is Us.

CHICAGO JUSTICE - The drama follows the prosecutors and investigators at the Cook County State's Attorney office. The dedicated team navigates heated city politics and controversy head-on while fearlessly pursuing justice. As they take on the city's high stakes and often media-frenzied cases, they must balance public opinion, power struggles within the system and their unwavering passion for the law.

The cast for the backdoor pilot included Philip Winchester, Nazneen Contractor, Joelle Carter, Ryan-James Hatanaka and Carl Weathers.

The episode that introduced these characters last night averaged a 1.4 rating in the Adults 18-49 demographic and 6.751 million total viewers.

The episode was directed by Jean de Segonzac with story by Dick Wolf and teleplay by Michael Brandt, Derek Hass and Matt Olmstead. My full review of the episode can be read here. The drama will be produced by Universal Television and Wolf Entertainment.

THIS IS US - An ensemble of characters who share the same birthday whose life stories intertwine in curious ways.

The dramedy stars Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia, Justin Hartley, Sterling Brown, Ron Cephas Jones, Susan Kelechi Watson and Chrissy Metz.

Dan Fogelman wrote the pilot, which was written by John Requa and Glenn Ficarra. The trio executive produce with Jess Rosenthal and Charlie Gogolok. 20th Century Fox Television produce.