7:07pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
NBC Renews 'Chicago Fire,' 'Chicago PD'
NBC continued handing out early renewals late Monday, picking up Dick Wolf procedurals Chicago Fire and Chicago PD for the 2016-17 season.
Chicago Fire will return for its fifth season, while spinoff Chicago PD will begin its fourth season.
The news comes as little surprise as both series, produced in-house by Universal Television, have been sturdy performers for the increasingly drama-focused network. Produced by Wolf, the Chicago franchise is set to welcome a third series when spinoff Chicago Med debuts this month.
NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt made the announcement Monday during a press junket in Chicago for all three shows.
The early renewal comes hours after NBC handed out a second-season pickup for freshman drama Blindspot, from Greg Berlanti, Martin Gero and Warner Bros. Television. The Chicago additions join summer drama Aquarius and comedy The Carmichael Show has been renewed for next season.
Meanwhile, NBC has yet to determine the future of Wolf-produced Law & Order: SVU as well as spinoff Chicago Med. For his part, Wolf also has unscripted series Law & Order: You the Jury set at NBC — though it's unclear if that show will premiere this season or next. Wolf also has been rumored to be working on a limited-series revival of the original Law & Order franchise.