5:00pm PT by Kate Stanhope, Lesley Goldberg
'Chicago Med' Taps 'Sopranos' Duo as New Showrunners
Chicago Med is admitting two new faces behind the scenes.
Andrew Schneider and Diane Frolov have inked a deal to become the new showrunners of the freshman NBC drama, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Schneider and Frolov were most recently co-executive producers on HBO's Boardwalk Empire and consulting producers on Amazon's Bosch. Their other credits include The Sopranos, for which they won an Emmy and a WGA award; Northern Exposure, for which they won two Emmys and two Golden Globes; Showtime's The Chris Isaak Show; and The CW's Easy Money.
The husband-and-wife team replaces Andrew Dettmann, who was brought on to the project in early July but departed last Friday over "creative differences." The exit came just eight days after Dettmann appeared with the cast and fellow executive producers Dick Wolf and Matt Olmstead to tout the series at the Television Critics Association summer press tour.
Dettmann will continue to develop with NBC and Universal TV, which produces Chicago Med along with Wolf Films.
Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. showrunner Olmstead, who helped write the backdoor pilot for Med, told THR he had no desire to take control of the franchise's latest spinoff. "There's no way I could do all three, nor would I want to or be capable of it," he said. "Dick didn't want it. Network didn't want it."
The showrunner change has been the latest hiccup for Chicago Med. The series was moved up from midseason to fall to accommodate a production delay on NBC's other freshman medical drama, Heartbreaker, due to star Melissa George's pregnancy. Walking Dead alum Laurie Holden, who appeared in the backdoor pilot in April, departed the series earlier this month citing family commitments.
In addition to original stars Oliver Platt, S. Epatha Merkerson, Nick Gehlfuss and Yaya DaCosta, all of whom appeared in the backdoor pilot, Colin Donnell, Rachel DiPillo, Torrey DeVitto and Brian Tee have been added to the show's ensemble.
Schneider and Frolov will exec produce with Wolf, Olmstead, Danielle Gelber, Peter Jankowski, Michael Brandt and Derek Haas. Production on the series starts next month in Chicago.
Schneider and Frolov are repped by WME.
Chicago Med premieres Nov. 17 at 10 p.m. on NBC.