Christopher Meloni reprises role for Dick Wolf drama

1+ Christopher Meloni is resurrecting Law & Order: SVU character Elliott Stabler for a new untitled crime drama from Dick Wolf. This is the first of Wolf’s five-year overall deal  with Universal Television. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Special Victims Unit detective Stabler will run an NYPD organized crime unit in the new drama. The series … Continue reading “Christopher Meloni reprises role for Dick Wolf drama”

Dick Wolf ‘Chicago’ shows renewed for 3 more seasons

6+ Following lengthy renegotiations, Dick Wolf is staying put at Universal TV.  As part of the five-year overall pact, Chicago Fire, Chicago Med and Chicago PD, as well as Law & Order: SVU have been picked up for three more seasons, with other series commitments coming down the road. NBC has been Wolf’s home for … Continue reading “Dick Wolf ‘Chicago’ shows renewed for 3 more seasons”

“Chicago Justice” now NBC/Dick Wolf 4th series here

“Chicago Justice” is now officially the fourth series in the NBC/Dick Wolf “Chicago” franchise, making Chicago the production center for what will be eight TV series by fall. Wednesday night’s backdoor episode on “Chicago PD” introducing the “Chicago Justice” characters drew 6.8 million total viewers.

The show stars Philip Winchester (“Strike Back”) as the lead prosecutor in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office; Carl Weathers (“Rocky”) as the D.A., Nazneen Contractor (“Heroes Reborn”) and Joelle Carter (“Justified”) on the D.A. staff.

Dick Wolf recipient of Local 476 Honorary Gold Card

“Chicago” television franchise producer Dick Wolf was surprised and pleased last Tuesday when he was presented with the highest honor a film industry union can — and rarely does — bestow upon a non-union member.

Wolf received Local 476’s Honorary Lifetime Membership Gold Card “gratefully bestowed upon the bearer,” from union president Brad Matthys and business manager Mark Hogan.

Swanberg’s “Easy” one of 3 new TV series filming here

If 2016 was considered a great year for the Chicago media and entertainment business, 2017 is starting to shape up as even greater. It could even be the year when the Chicago market eases into $1 billion revenue from film status.

Thanks to Dick Wolf / NBC Universal and to Fox TV, six primetime TV series currently film here at Cinespace Studios, with three new TV series expected to start production in early February.

Three “Chicago” series kick off fall season filming

STARTING JULY 20, Chicago’s film industry will take off like a rocket as NBC/Dick Wolf’s three primetime series — “Chicago Fire,” “PD” and “Med” — all begin shooting their new fall seasons on Cinespace stages.

By mid-September, eight TV series will be filming here. Cameras will roll for Fox TV’s hit “Empire” and new Fox entries, “The Exorcist” Aug. 3 and “ABP” Aug. 22. NBC’s “Chicago Justice” is scheduled to start for mid-September airing.

“Rocky’s” Weathers joins “Chicago Justice” pilot

The title of Dick Wolf’s fourth NBC “Chicago” franchise has been changed to “Chicago Justice” from “Chicago Law” and new cast members have been announced for the spinoff pilot.

Carl Weathers, known for his portrayal of boxer Apollo Creed in the “Rocky” franchise, will play the Cook County state’s attorney Mark Jefferies.

Nazneen Contractor (“Heroes Reborn”) plays ADA Dawn Harper; Joelle Carter (“Justified”) will be Lori Nagle, a tough-as-nails investor and Phillip Winchester (“Strike Back”) plays the lead prosecutor.

Peers and fans mourn the loss of Andre Harrell

1+ This has been a terrible weekend for losing music royalty. Earlier today, we mourned the loss of the founding father of rock and roll, Little Richard. Now comes word that we have lost the man who shaped modern hip hop and R&B as we know it today. Music executive Andre Harrell has died at the age … Continue reading “Peers and fans mourn the loss of Andre Harrell”

UPDATED: All NBCUni shows suspend production

2+ Yesterday as Coronavirus (COVID-19) spread and studios such as Disney, Paramount and others have delayed the openings of major tentpole films such as Mulan and The New Mutants and a Quiet Place II, the virus has now hit the TV industry as Reel 360 has confirmed that all 35 NBC Universal shows including Dick … Continue reading “UPDATED: All NBCUni shows suspend production”

‘Chicago Med’ celebrates 100th with corpse cake

2+ What do you do when you’re a hit medical drama and you have to do something special to celebrate your 100th episode which is an achievement for any series? If you’re handling corpses all day long on NBC’s hit drama Chicago Med, you might, oh, well party down with an ultra-realistic corpse cake? Mmmmmmmm. … Continue reading “‘Chicago Med’ celebrates 100th with corpse cake”