NBC has renewed five of its dramas for the 2015-16 season, the net announced Thursday.
“The Blacklist” (season 3), “Chicago Fire” (season 4), “Chicago P.D.” (season 3), “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (season 17) and “Grimm” (season 5) will all be returning with new seasons.
“The creative vision of the executive producers who’ve guided these outstanding dramas has been nothing short of incredible,” said Jennifer Salke, president, NBC Entertainment. “We’re highly appreciative of the passion they bring to their shows at every step of the creative process and we’re thrilled to reward that dedication with these renewals.”
“The Blacklist,” which garnered a ratings boost from its post-Super Bowl episode, moves to its new 9 p.m. Thursday timeslot tonight. The James Spader thriller is averaging a 5.1 rating with 17.4 million viewers so far this season, according to the “most current” averages from Nielsen.
“Grimm” has remained a steady performer for the Peacock’s Friday night lineup, pulling in an average 2.1 rating with 7.2 million viewers overall this season.
“Chicago Fire,” “Chicago P.D.” and “Law & Order: SVU” all hail from Dick Wolf. A medical “Chicago” spinoff is set to bow during the current season of “Fire,” airing as episode 19. “SVU” is the longest-running scripted drama on television.
LINDSAY’S MOTHER BECOMES INVOLVED IN A GRUESOME ROBBERY-MURDER CASE. Bunny (guest star Markie Post) comes to Lindsay (Sophia Bush) concerned about a suspicious repeat customer at her husband’s rental company. This lead brings Intelligence into a case which robbery-homicide has been working for months. Detective Gina Gawronski (guest star Angelique Cabral) downloads their intel to the team, she also happens to be Antonio’s (Jon Seda) former co-worker from Vice. Voight (Jason Beghe) doesn’t trust Bunny’s motives for the tip. Also starring Jesse Lee Soffer, Patrick Flueger, Elias Koteas, Marina Squerciati, LaRoyce Hawkins, Amy Morton and Brian Geraghty. Stella Maeve and Michael Filipowich guest star.
TVGuide.com — Following the critical and ratings success of November’s three-way crossover between Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D. and Law & Order: SVU, the three NBC dramas will be joining forces again later this season, TVGuide.com has learned.
“It’s a real good one. Big swings, big stakes,” Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. showrunner Matt Olmstead tells TVGuide.com. “There’s nothing really cemented yet, but we’re definitely doing a big, big Chicago Fire-SVU-Chicago P.D. three-way crossover coming up around Episode 20.”
Olmstead revealed he flew to New York last week to meet with SVU showrunner Warren Leight about the plot details. “There’s a Ted Bundy-esque character who hunted in New York and hunted in Chicago, and it’s the pursuit of a character like that,” he teases.
Unlike the first three-way crossover, Olmstead says this one will have “more integrated storytelling” going back and forth between the two cities.
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“I think you’re going to start meeting Halstead’s family members within a few episodes,” Jesse Lee Soffer shares. “Possibly siblings coming somewhere in the next four or five episodes.” Meanwhile, Lindsay’s mother Bunny is set for an encore, “stirring up some sh-t and causing drama,” Sophia Bush says.
The twosome will keep the new development in their relationship a secret, “but they’re going to play with, ‘Alright, we’ve put our feet in the water now. Do we tell people? Do we not tell people?’” Soffer continues.
And there’s one person, in particular, whose potential reaction has them worried. “The big question is, do we tell Voight?” costar Sophia Bush says. Adds Soffer: “I’m sure he’s going to find out at some point and we’ll see the wrath of what that looks like afterwards.”
But thus far, the dilemma of whether or not to fill in Voight on their romantic status “has not been answered yet,” Bush reveals.
Meanwhile, the actress is happy to be “adding another layer to peel away of the onion of who these people are.”
“A relationship that starts out of a years-old friendship, obviously, is very different from one that starts because you meet someone at a bar and you go on a date,” she describes. “There is rapport. There is intimate knowledge. There’s a shorthand. I think that’s what the fans are excited about. That’s what we’re excited about exploring is how are all those things affected [or not] by this new dynamic.”