Quick, someone clone Taylor Kinney and Jesse Spencer!
NBC is officially going forward with a spinoff of their firemen drama Chicago Fire, which will be titled Chicago P.D. Dick Wolf's companion series is described as "a gripping, character-driven new police drama about those who put it all on the line to serve and protect."
News of the spinoff may come as a bit of surprise as the freshman drama averages 7.8 million viewers and a 2.3 adults 18-49 rating (when you include seven days of DVR); solid numbers but not huge.
Here's what viewers can expect from the new series, according to NBC:
"District 21 of the Chicago Police Department is made up of two distinctly different groups. There are the uniformed cops who patrol the beat and go head to head with the city's street crimes. And there's the Intelligence Unit, the team that combats the city's major offenses–organized crime, drug trafficking, high profile murders and beyond. Leading the Intelligence team is Sergeant Hank Voight (Jason Beghe), a man not against skirting the law in the pursuit of justice. Demanding and tough, only those who can take the heat survive under Voight's command. Take Detective Antonio Dawson (Jon Seda)–despite his troubled history with his boss, Dawson has ambitions of running the unit… so if that means facing off against Voight every day, he'll persevere. From the street cops with dreams of moving up to the elite crew who are already in, "life on the job" is a daily challenge. The enormous responsibilities that come with the territory take an emotional toll, as we'll f nd when we follow the personal lives of our characters outside the walls of District 21."
NBC recently announced the pickup of Ironside and a comedy from Bill Lawrence.
(E! and NBC are both part of the NBCUniversal family.)