Showrunner Exits NBC Drama Franchise

Mar 31, 2017  •  Post A Comment

One of NBC’s most important prime-time franchises is losing one of its key players, with the news that “Chicago P.D.” showrunner Matt Olmstead is stepping down at the end of this season.

The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that Olmstead’s deal with Universal Television is up. Olmstead has been with the “Chicago” drama franchise since its launch in 2012, when he was showrunner on “Chicago Fire.”

He has remained an executive producer on “Fire” along with “Chicago Med” and “Chicago Justice.”

“The split, which is amicable, comes as the ‘Chicago’ franchise has plenty of other exec producers involved who could easily be considered to take over as showrunner,” THR notes. “Olmstead, meanwhile, is expected to draw interest from every studio as he looks to ink a new overall deal that could fetch the eight-figure range.”

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