NBC’s Chicago Med has paused filming for the next two weeks due to a positive COVID-19 test. The Chicago-based medical drama shut down production Tuesday when a regular rapid test, part of the show’s safety protocols, delivered a positive result. The person in question, a production team member, was immediately sent home, sources said.
The network hands out three-year renewals to the prolific producer for Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and his three Chicago series as part of a new five-year deal to keep his Wolf Entertainment production company at Universal Television.
NBC is staying put in the Windy City: The network has renewed Chicago Fire and its spinoffs Chicago P.D. and Chicago Med, it was announced on Tuesday. Fire has been picked up for season 8, while P.D. and Med will return for their seventh and fifth seasons, respectively.
Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D. and Chicago Med have all been renewed for the 2017-18 season. However, no decision has yet been made on the fourth addition to the Windy City franchise, Chicago Justice, which premiered earlier this year, or on producer Dick Wolf’s fifth scripted series at NBC, Law & Order: SVU.
Thirty years into his tenure at Universal Television, Dick Wolf continues to be the studio’s top drama producer. And now Wolf, who accomplished the rare feat of creating two hugely successful drama franchises — Law & Order and Chicago — is extending his stay with a new blockbuster deal. The five-year pact with NBCUniversal, which will keep Wolf at the company through 2020, came after months of negotiations.
A few years ago, the producer behind the Law & Order empire at NBC saw his three primetime shows cut back to one, and was stung when the original series was canceled just shy of setting a record for the longest-running scripted prime-time show. He settled for a tie. Now, Wolf makes the Chicago trilogy of dramas for NBC and is talking about a fourth.
The tinkering continues. The latest post-upfronts scheduling change to the fall lineup is at NBC, where actress Melissa George’s pregnancy has prompted the network to shift the medical drama to midseason. The 8 p.m. Tuesday slot now goes to another doctor drama, Dick Wolf’s Chicago Med.