While ratings monsters Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D., and Chicago Justice are set to return to NBC for new seasons, they will be doing so without three series regulars. After seven years as part of the the network’s Chicago franchise, star Jon Seda is set to leave the series. Joining Seda are Chicago Med co-stars Colin Donnell and Norma Kuhling, though it is possible that the three could return for guest appearances.
Based on exclusive reporting by Deadline Hollywood, sources close to the series say the decisions were made for creative reasons based on the evolution of each character’s respective story arc.
Seda has had quite the journey through the Chicago franchise, with his Detective Antonio Dawson starting off Chicago Fire before he was setto anchor spinoff series Chicago P.D. as a lead. Seda would leave Chicago P.D. during its fourth season to join legal drama spinoff Chicago Justice. After the cancellation of Chicago Justice after one season, Seda’s Det. Dawson would return to Chicago P.D. as a series regular and was an integral part of a number of Chicago franchise crossovers.
Donnell’s Dr. Connor Rhodes was a part of Chicago Med since the series’ launch in 2015, and made guest appearances on a total of four episodes of Chicago P.D. (seasons 3 and 4) and four episodes of Chicago Fire (seasons 4, 6 and 7). Kuhling’s Dr. Ava Bekker debuted in the season 2 finale of Chicago Med as a recurring, and then upped to a series regular at the start of the third season.
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.