‘Chicago PD’ Star Patrick John Flueger to Guest Star on Reboot of His Former Show

by Shelby Scott
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“Chicago PD” star Patrick John Flueger has earned quite a fan base since earning his role on the hit NBC procedural. Now, as he and his character prepare to face trouble with fellow Officer Kim Burgess when “Chicago PD” returns in January, we’ve learned the actor also plans to return to guest star on a reboot of his former show, The CW‘s “The 4400.”

“Chicago PD” fans well know that Flueger has maintained his role as Burzek since the spin-off of “Chicago Fire” debuted in 2014. However, prior to securing what One Chicago Center deemed his biggest role, Flueger starred in multiple television series in films. However, his return to “The 4400” will surely be a memorable one for the “Chicago PD” star.

According to the outlet, Flueger previously played in the SyFy series as Shawn Farrell. The character of Farrell was a 4400 returnee from 2001, and was one of the first in the group to develop “abilities” and eventually became vice president of the 4400 centers.

Now, however, One Chicago Center reports that the reboot will be a reimagination and not a continuation of the “Chicago PD” star’s original series. Therefore, he will not return as Shawn Farrell, but as a guest star. In returning to the reboot, Flueger snagged the role of Caleb, “a charismatic figure from one of the 4400’s past.”

Fortunately, “Chicago PD” fans have no need to worry about whether the Ruzek actor will be leaving the series. For now, his appearance on “The 4400” reboot is a one-time appearance. So yes, Outsiders can look forward to the character’s return in January.

‘Chicago PD’s’ January Return Promises Trouble for Ruzek

While on the topic of Ruzek/Patrick John Flueger’s latest endeavors, a recent “Chicago PD” preview hints the actor’s character could potentially face emotional trouble in the upcoming episode.

The preview captures Ruzek and his on-again/off-again love interest, Kim Burgess, having a serious conversation about the latter’s adoptive daughter.

Outsiders know Ruzek has always been committed to Burgess. However, the female officer’s season eight ordeal and proceeding recovery have, apparently, altered her priorities. And not necessarily in a bad way. Just in way that doesn’t quite as directly involve Ruzek.

“I think it would be better if we had more boundaries with Makayla,” Burgess is seen telling her partner. Obviously, because at the moment the two “Chicago PD” characters aren’t dating, the female officer doesn’t want to confuse the little girl, as Ruzek frequently takes care of her, putting her to bed and picking her up from school and such.

“We’re not dating,” she continues. “You could meet someone.”

“You think I’m just going to leave you?” he asks incredulously. And at the same time, he worries Burgess and Makayla are going to leave him.

Obviously, things between the two characters remain complicated. However, as season nine returns and storylines develop outside of the Roy Walton murder, we can only hope the characters figure out a way to make things work.