Chicago P.D | Mayor wants apology for ‘Chicago P.D.’ episode

Changes are afoot at one of NBC’s biggest drama franchises, with executive producers departing both Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. for greener pastures.

Michael Brandt, co-creator of Chicago Fire, will depart the show, leaving Derek Haas as the sole showrunner, Deadline reports. The show is also losing executive producer and director Joe Chappelle. Meanwhile, Chicago P.D. executive producer and director Mark Tinker is exiting along with showrunner Matt Olmstead, whose departure was announced in March.

According to Deadline, the departing producers will likely be succeeded by existing crew members from other Dick Wolf dramas; Law & Order: SVU showrunner Rick Eid is already on tap to join Chicago P.D. for its next season.

News of Brandt, Chappelle and Tinker’s departures broke less than 24 hours ahead of an NBC conference call with reporters Sunday morning, in which the network unveiled its fall schedule. Chicago Med is being bumped to midseason, and NBC has still not reached a decision on whether to renew Chicago Justice, the youngest show in the franchise.

Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. have just been renewed for a fifth and fourth season, respectively, and will remain in their current time slots next season.

Both dramas will be airing their season finales this week.

Chicago Fire airs Tuesdays at 10/9c on NBC. Chicago P.D. airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on NBC.

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An Indiana mayor wants an apology for how his city was portrayed in a recent “Chicago P.D.” episode.

Crown Point Mayor David Uran told the Chicago Tribune that NBC should apologize to residents for how their city was depicted in what he perceived was “a very bizarre episode.”
“Obviously the story line isn’t true,” Uran told the Chicago Tribune in an article published on Wednesday. “We have never had a case like that here in Crown Point. Just the way it engaged the image of our city was a little disturbing.”
The police procedural just wrapped up its fourth season.
In an episode that aired on May 10 titled “Army of One,” authorities are on the hunt for the murderer of a high school football star who is killed after being released from jail on a rape conviction.
Investigators interview the aunt of the man killed and she tells them there was no rape, but that the man was railroaded because he was black and the alleged victim, who was white, was her nephew’s girlfriend.
“They were just kids. They put him in jail for having relations,” the aunt character says on the episode. “Because she was white and that don’t fly in Crown Point, Indiana.”
Uran said his city, which is about an hour south of Chicago, was maligned.
“We have low crime rates,” he said. “People maintain their properties. It is not the way they portrayed the city.”
The elected official said there was a simple way to avoid Crown Point’s ire.
“All they had to do is change the name,” Uran said in reference to the episode’s setting.
CNN has reached out to NBC for comment.

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