Philip Winchester as assistant state’s attorney Peter Stone in "Chicago Justice," which has been canceled by NBC after one season. (NBC)
The "One Chicago" constellation of NBC dramas from Dick Wolf just got a little smaller. The network will not be picking up freshman series "Chicago Justice" for a second season, according to Deadline.com.
Wolf’s other shows — "Chicago Fire," "Chicago P.D." and "Chicago Med," all of which film locally — will be returning next year.
"Chicago Justice" was the latest addition, premiering in March and formatted much like Wolf’s original "Law & Order." The series was uneven in quality but had potential and was one of the few legal dramas on network television. It starred Carl Weathers as a pragmatically minded state’s attorney with a staff of assistant ASAs (Philip Winchester and Monica Barbaro) and two investigators (Jon Seda and Joelle Carter). You can read my review here.
Seda had previously been a regular on "Chicago P.D." and it is unclear for now if Wolf & Co. will fold him back into that show.
Ratings for "Chicago Justice" were the lowest of the NBC Chicago shows, but ironically they were higher than that of "Taken" and "Shades of Blue," both of which are also on NBC and were renewed.
Reports of the show’s demise are likely final, but then again who knows. Earlier this month NBC canceled and then renewed yet another freshman drama, "Timeless."
In addition to the handful of cable and streaming shows filming in Chicago — including Showtimes’s forthcoming "The Chi" as well as a second season of Netflix’s "Easy" from Joe Swanberg — network shows shooting in town for next season currently stand as follows: the three Wolf shows for NBC, "Empire" for Fox and possibly "The Exorcist" (also for Fox) if producers do indeed decide to remain in town for the show’s next chapter.