‘Chicago P.D.’ Makes Major Move as Show Boss Steps Down to Focus on ‘Law & Order’ Revival

by Chris Haney

On Wednesday, reports announced that Chicago P.D. showrunner Rick Eid would be stepping down to focus on his duties on Law & Order‘s Season 21 revival.

Chicago P.D. is currently in the middle of its ninth season on NBC. Eid has been at the helm of the hit drama for the past four and a half years. He’s served as the showrunner and executive producer for that series and FBI as well. But he was recently revealed as a writer, executive producer, and showrunner of the Law & Order reboot that will return for its 21st season.

Eid is a busy man working on three shows, so he officially stepped down as the showrunner of Chicago P.D. today. However, he will continue on as an executive producer on the show. NBC promoted writer and executive producer Gwen Sigan as Eid’s replacement as the series’ new showrunner.

Sigan has worked her way up the ladder since beginning with Wolf Entertainment seven years ago. In 2014, she started out as a writer’s assistant. As of today, she can call herself showrunner.

“While this couldn’t have happened without Rick Eid’s guidance, it is also a testament to Gwen’s vision, hard work and talent. Chicago P.D. remains in very strong hands,” Wolf Entertainment COO Peter Jankowski said, according to Deadline.

“We are excited to cement our relationship with Gwen at Universal Television,” Universal Television president Erin Underhill added. “From her first day on the job at Chicago P.D., she captured the characters’ voices and flawlessly weaved them into thrilling cases with unexpected character turns. We are grateful to have her at the helm of this venerable Wolf series, and look forward to a long and successful partnership.”

‘Chicago P.D.’ Star Reveals Details About Tonight’s Episode

As Chicago P.D. announced its staffing change today, the hit show is gearing up for its newest episode later tonight. Ahead of Season 9, Episode 5, Officer Kevin Atwater actor LaRoyce Hawkins opened up about what fans can expect in tonight’s show titled “Burnside.”

Hawkins has been part of the series since the beginning. He’s risen within the precinct from patrol officer to the department’s elite Intelligence Unit. Yet one thing lacking in his character’s story arc in recent seasons is a love interest. For the last three years, Officer Atwater hasn’t had a serious romantic relationship. While speaking with TV Insider earlier this week, he shared details about a new on-screen romance.

It sounds like the show is making a conscious effort to diversify their portrayals of romantic relationships. Most often the NBC drama focuses on in-house romances between officers. Yet this time around, they’re taking Officer Atwater’s love story out of the precinct. Additionally, they’re using his character to explore the nuances of Chicago as a culture and community through the prism of the inner-city neighborhood of Burnside.

“You’ll see something unique from the type of love that we’ve told about historically. Most of the love that that we see is blue, between partners,” Hawkins explained to TV Insider. “It feels something like a crisis bond naturally between one cop to another, which obviously our audience loves. And obviously we know how to do that very well. But this is something different. This love isn’t blue at all. It’s very Black and it’s layered.”