Starring: Jason Beghe, Jon Seda, Sophia Bush, Jesse Lee Soffer, Patrick John Flueger, Marina Squerciati, LaRoyce Hawkins, Archie Kao, and Elias Koteas
Created by Dick Wolf and Matt Olmstead
Written by Matt Olmstead, Directed by Michael Slovis
Chicago PD is a new spinoff of NBC's Chicago Fire featuring many characters we first met on the parent series. It is centered on an intelligence unit within the Chicago PD and headed up by Sergeant Hank Voight (Jason Beghe) who had a run-in with a character on Fire. Also in the unit are two detectives with ties to Fire: Antonio Dawson (Jon Seda) and Jay Halstead (Jesse Lee Soffer). They are joined by Detective Erin Lindsay (Sophia Bush), Alvin Olinsky (Elias Koteas), and new recruit from the academy Adam Ruzak (Patrick John Flueger). Rounding out the main cast are police officers Kevin Atwater and Kim Burgess (LaRoyce Hawkins and Marina Squerciati) and liason/tech guy Sheldon Jin (Archie Kao).
BOTTOM LINE: Chicago PD is a nice addition to the universe created in Chicago Fire. It is a little more violent and a little more gritty, but it seems like the things I love about Fire will be very prevalent on PD. This is a great new tough cop show and the once popular genre has had a tough time lately outside of the more gentle Blue Bloods. We have tons of crime dramas but very few cop dramas and this is a good one.