Not a bad week to be Dick Wolf, with NBC announcing that it has renewed all four of his series: Law & Order: SVU, Chicago: Fire, Chicago P.D., and Chicago Med. Law & Order: SVU‘s 20th season renewal now puts it into a three-way tie for longest-running drama series; on par with Wolf’s original Law & Order series and classic western series Gunsmoke. On the other side of town, Chicago Fire returns for Season 7; Chicago P.D. returns for Season 6; and Chicago Med returns for Season 4.
All four series have been strong ratings-earners for NBC: Law & Order SVU ties Chicago P.D. as the network’s second-highest-rated drama series (with This Is Us earning the top spot), averaging a 2.2 in the Adults 18-49 demo. Chicago Fire and Chicago Med follow closely behind with a 2.1 rating.
Law & Order: SVU chronicles the life and crimes of the Special Victims Unit of the New York City Police Department, an elite squad of detectives who investigate sexually based crimes. Mariska Hargitay stars as Lt. Olivia Benson, acting commander of the SVU. Ice T, Kelli Giddish, Peter Scanavino and Philip Winchester also star.
Chicago Fire looks into the lives of the firefighters, rescue squad and paramedics of Chicago Firehouse 51 who risk their lives week in and week out to save and protect the citizens of their city. Eamonn Walker, Monica Raymund, Kara Killmer, David Eigenberg, Stella Kidd, Christian Stolte, Joe Minoso and Yuri Sardarov star.
Chicago P.D. follows the men and women of the Chicago Police Department’s elite Intelligence Unit, combatting the city’s most heinous offenses: organized crime, drug trafficking, high-profile murders and beyond. It stars Jason Beghe, Jon Seda , Jesse Lee Soffer, Patrick John Flueger, Marina Squerciati, Elias Koteas, LaRoyce Hawkins, Amy Morton and Tracy Spiridakos.
Chicago Med follows the day-to-day chaos of the city’s newest state-of-the-art trauma center and look into the lives of the courageous doctors, nurses and staff who hold it all together. Nick Gehlfuss, Torrey DeVitto, Colin Donnell, Norma Kuhling, Oliver Platt, Rachel DiPillo, Brian Tee, S. Epatha Merkerson, Yaya DaCosta and Marlyne Barrett star.