‘Chicago’ dramas do big business for NBC
NEW YORK (AP) — Producer Dick Wolf's factory of "Chicago" dramas is becoming increasingly important for NBC.
Both "Chicago PD" and "Chicago Fire" scored their highest ratings in nearly two...
Some old favorites - very old - reappear on television
NEW YORK (AP) — Some of last week's most popular television programs are much older than most of the people who watched them.
ABC's showing of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" was the most-watched of a handful of holiday specials that aired in prime-time last week, reaching 5.3 million viewers, the Nielsen company said. It's a tradition in many households that was first on television in December 1965.
CBS is the week’s top TV network, but faces more competition
NEW YORK (AP) — CBS was television's most popular network last week, but that status is no longer the slam-dunk that it has been for the last decade and a half.
It was CBS' second weekly victory of the young television season, matching NBC's two victories, the Nielsen company said Tuesday. NBC handily won among viewers aged 18 to 49, the demographic group that it cares the most about.
NBC’s ‘Law & Order’ franchise adding new hate-crimes drama
LOS ANGELES (AP) — NBC's "Law & Order" franchise is adding what the network calls a "relevant" new series about hate crimes.
The network said Tuesday that it's ordered 13 episodes of "Law & Order: Hate Crimes." The drama from "Law & Order" creator Dick Wolf is based on New York state's Hate Crimes Task Force.
The fictional version of the task force will be introduced in the upcoming 20th season of sister program "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit."
‘Chicago Fire’ actress DuShon Monique Brown dead at 49
CHICAGO (AP) — Actress DuShon Monique Brown, who played a secretary in the NBC show "Chicago Fire," has died at age 49.
The Cook County medical examiner's spokeswoman Becky Schlikerman says Brown died Friday at St. James Olympia Field Hospital outside Chicago. The cause of death wasn't given.
From small town to the small screen: Local first responders on extra duty in Chicago medical drama
They know how to perform their duties in real life, and now four Sauk Valley first responders will show off their acting skills on an NBC medical drama.
Albany Police Chief Wyatt Heyvaert, Whiteside County Sheriff Sgt. Kris Schmidt, and CGH Medical Center paramedics Eric Eugene and Bill Friedrich are extras in an episode of "Chicago Med" airing March 6, and are hosting a watch party at Whiskey Barrel Saloon, 305 W. Second St. in Rock Falls.
By Hank Stuever
The Washington Post
Strange -- what would Ryan Murphy want with Dick Wolf's empire?
9-1-1, an engaging but surprisingly rote drama from hitmaker Murphy and co-creators Brad Falchuk and Tim Minear premiered recently on Fox, and from its initial siren wail, it seems very much like one of Wolf's Chicago-based NBC dramas about first-responders, save for the Los Angeles location.
9 p.m. Sept. 26 on NBC • Dick Wolf tries his hand at the “let’s re-create a murder trial” genre, focusing on the brothers accused of killing their parents in the 1990s. Not previewed.
Dick Wolf: Menendez brothers got too harsh of a sentence
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — TV producer Dick Wolf says he thinks Eric and Lyle Menendez got a harsh sentence when they were convicted of killing their parents in 1996.
Wolf is producing an eight-episode miniseries for NBC called "Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders."
He told a group of TV critics Thursday that the brothers should probably have been let out of jail eight to 10 years ago and convicted of first degree manslaughter over murder, which has less moral blame.
His acting debut ended up on the editing floor. Otherwise, Alex Stewart would have been viewed by millions on Wednesday night’s episode of “Chicago P.D.” – an American police procedural drama television series created by Dick Wolf and Matt Olmstead.
Stewart said he worked as an extra for the episode to get a feel of what it’s like on screen.
Return of ‘Voice’ leads NBC to ratings victory
NEW YORK (AP) — Singing, dancing and Chicago was the formula NBC used for a weekly victory in the ratings.
"The Voice" returned from a hiatus and earned three of the top four slots in the Nielsen company's list of the most-watched programs last week. The exception was "Little Big Shots," the debut of another variety show, this one featuring talented youngsters with Steve Harvey as host.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Think back on standout modern TV dramas and "Homicide: Life on the Street," ''Oz," ''The Pacific" and "Treme" easily come to mind.
Jon Seda was part of them all, a testament to the actor and the career he's built. Credit the appealing warmth he brings to roles, his confident physicality and the strict work ethic he traces back to his brief but influential boxing days that included competing for Golden Gloves amateur honors.
The quest for “Justice” already has begun.
Using the formula of integrating his three existing Chicago-set NBC series, executive producer Dick Wolf has offered hints of “Chicago Justice” by factoring some of its characters into the other shows. Now, the law drama is getting its full-fledged start: It begins with a “preview” premiere that follows episodes of “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago P.D.” involving the same plot Wednesday at 10 p.m. on NBC, then debuts in its regular weekly slot March 5.
Taylor Kinney helps ‘Chicago Fire’ celebrate a milestone
NEW YORK (AP) — NBC's "Chicago Fire," about firefighters and EMTs at the Chicago Fire Department, took a beat to find its footing, but is now the tent pole of a growing Dick Wolf franchise that includes "Chicago P.D.," ''Chicago Med" and the upcoming "Chicago Justice."
Taylor Kinney, who plays Lieutenant Kelly Severide, is helping the series mark its 100th episode, airing Tuesday.
Rauner names members of Illinois Bicentennial Commission
CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner has appointed more than three dozen people to lead the planning for Illinois' 200th birthday celebration.
Among the Illinois Bicentennial Commission members named Friday are former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, Chicago Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts, Springfield Mayor James Langfelder and Southern Illinois University System President Randy Dunn.
Steven Hill, who played ‘Law & Order’ DA Schiff, dies at 94
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Steven Hill, a versatile character actor in theater, films and television who achieved his greatest success late in life as grumpy District Attorney Adam Schiff on TV's long-running "Law & Order," died Tuesday. He was 94.
He died Tuesday morning at Mount Sinai hospital in New York, his wife, Rachel, said. The cause of death was not immediately available, but his wife said he suffered from several ailments.