12:30pm PT by Kate Stanhope
'Chicago Justice' Enlists 'Law & Order' Vet Michael Chernuchin as Showrunner
Chicago Justice is bringing on board another Law & Order veteran.
Former executive producer Michael S. Chernuchin has signed on as showrunner of the upcoming spinoff series from Universal Television and Dick Wolf's Wolf Entertainment, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Set for a midseason debut on NBC, the legal drama follows the prosecutors and investigators at the Cook County State’s Attorney's Office. Just like their brethren in the Chicago P.D., the State’s Attorney’s dedicated team navigates heated city politics and controversy head-on while fearlessly pursuing justice. As they take on the city’s high-stakes and often media-frenzied cases, they must balance public opinion, power struggles within the system and their unwavering passion for the law.
Philip Winchester (Strike Back), Nazneen Contractor (Heroes Reborn), Joelle Carter (Justified), Carl Weathers (Rocky) and Ryan-James Hatanaka star. Chernuchin will exec produce with Wolf, Peter Jankowski, Matt Olmstead, Derek Haas, Michael Brandt and Arthur Forney.
Chernuchin was an executive producer on Law & Order from 1994-2004, and served as showrunner for the last two years of his tenure. He also was an executive producer on spinoff Criminal Intent and more recently worked on Starz pirate drama Black Sails.
Chernuchin is just the latest Law & Order vet to become involved in Chicago Justice. Frequent Law & Order director Jean de Segonzac helmed the backdoor pilot for Justice, which aired as a May episode of Chicago P.D. That episode also featured Lorraine Toussaint's defense attorney Shambala Green — a role she originated on Law & Order in 1990 and had played several times on the flagship series.
Wolf has brought back several Law & Order executive producers for new roles. Former Criminal Intent showrunner Warren Leight recently wrapped a five-season run as showrunner of Law & Order: SVU. He will be replaced by another flagship series vet, former executive producer Rick Eid.
Chernuchin is repped by Paradigm, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Jackoway Tyerman.