NATPE 2018: NBCU Clears 'Chicago PD' in More Than 75% of U.S.

NBCUniversal has cleared off-network drama Chicago P.D. into broadcast syndication in more than 75% of the country to launch this fall as a Monday-Friday strip, said Sean O’Boyle, executive vice president of syndication sales, NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution. 

Besides the Fox Owned TV Stations, which were previously announced, Chicago P.D. will air on station groups including Sinclair, Tribune, Hearst, Gray, Nexstar, Graham Media, Sunbeam, Weigel, Scripps, Meredith, Hubbard, Raycom, Quincy, Griffin Communications, Capitol Broadcasting and more.

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The one-hour drama comes from Dick Wolf and it’s the second in his so-called Chicago franchise, including Chicago Fire, Chicago Med and Chicago Justice. As its name suggests, Chicago P.D. is a police drama about the men and women of the Chicago Police Department’s elite Intelligence Unit, which investigates organized crime, drug trafficking and high-profile murders, among other things.

Chicago P.D. premiered on NBC on January 8, 2014. It stars Jason Beghe as Det. Sgt. Hank Voight as well as Jon Seda, Sophia Bush, Jesse Lee Soffer, Patrick John Flueger, Marina Squerciati and Elias Koteas. It was created by Wolf and Matt Olmstead, and developed by Derek Haas and Michael Brandt. Wolf and Haas executive produce along with Rick Eid, Peter Jankowski, Arthur Forney and Terry Miller. It’s produced by Wolf Entertainment in association with Universal Television.

Paige Albiniak

Contributing editor Paige Albiniak has been covering the business of television for nearly 25 years. She is a longtime contributor to Next TV, Broadcasting + Cable and Multichannel News. She concurrently serves as editorial director for entertainment marketing association Promax. She has written for such publications as TVNewsCheck, The New York Post, Variety, CBS Watch and more. Albiniak was B+C’s Los Angeles bureau chief from September 2002 to 2004, and an associate editor covering Congress and lobbying for the magazine in Washington, D.C., from January 1997-September 2002.