'Chicago Justice' Ordered to Series at NBC

CHICAGO P.D. -- Justice Episode 321-Philip Winchester- Carl Weathers-Nazneen Contractor -H 2016
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Dick Wolf's Chicago universe is expanding once again.

NBC has given a series order to Chicago Justice, the third spinoff of the 4-year-old franchise, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Starring Philip Winchester (Strike Back), Nazneen Contractor (Heroes Reborn), Joelle Carter (Justified), Carl Weathers (Rocky) and Ryan-James Hatanaka, 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. It all starts with a gut-wrenching case when one of Chicago’s finest is shot in the line of duty.

Wolf will executive produce with Peter Jankowski, Matt Olmstead, Derek Haas, Michael Brandt and Arthur Forney. The series is produced by Universal Television and Wolf Entertainment.

The pickup comes one day after the backdoor pilot for the Justice spinoff aired Wednesday as an episode of Chicago P.D. The episode scored a steady 1.4 rating among adults 18-49.

The latest installment is a passion project for Wolf, whose relationship with NBC started in 1990 with the launch of Law & Order. Wolf brought on Law & Order vet Jean de Segonzac to direct Wednesday's backdoor pilot of Justice.

"Courtroom machinations are gladiatorial combat in suits, and that's endlessly fascinating to me," Wolf told THR in March about his decision to return to the legal-drama field.

Justice marks Wolf’s sixth scripted drama at NBC, also including the long-running Law & Order: SVU and the forthcoming Law & Order: True Crime. Wolf, who has a massive deal with Universal Television through 2020, also has an unscripted series at the network, You the Jury.

The Chicago franchise has been an important part of NBC's primetime strategy, with Fire and P.D. both getting early renewals in November. First-year drama Chicago Med and Law & Order: SVU received renewals in February when Wolf's new deal with the studio was announced.

This marks NBC's second freshman drama series order, joining the TV adaptation of the hit film Taken. The network also greenlighted two new comedies, DC Comics comedy Powerless and legal spoof Trial & Error, on Wednesday, in addition to the already ordered Mike Schur comedy The Good Place.

Keep up with all the renewals, cancellations and new series pickups with THR's handy scorecard and follow the pilot crop status here. For full Upfronts 2016 coverage, go to THR.com/upfronts