Chicago Med showrunners to step down

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NBC’s medical drama Chicago Med is set to change leadership as it gears up for its landmark 10th season.

Co-showrunners Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider, who have been at the helm of the series since its premiere in 2015, will be stepping down after the current season. The duo, who are also married, have shepherded Chicago Med through nine successful seasons, overseeing more than 170 episodes. Their departure marks the end of an era for the show, which has enjoyed a remarkable run under their stewardship.

The decision to step down comes amidst an unusually long tenure for Frolov and Schneider, particularly in the realm of television series, and especially within the framework of Dick Wolf’s Wolf Entertainment, known for frequently rotating creative teams both on-screen and behind the scenes.

Frolov and Schneider took over the reins of Chicago Med prior to its debut, succeeding Andrew Dettman. In contrast, the fellow One Chicago series, Chicago Fire and Chicago PD, have seen multiple showrunner changes over the years.


In a joint statement, Frolov and Schneider expressed their gratitude for the opportunity to lead Chicago Med and their appreciation for the entire production team, cast, and crew. They conveyed their fondness for the series but indicated that they are eager to explore new creative ventures. Dick Wolf echoed their sentiments, praising their contributions to the show and acknowledging their pivotal role in its success.

Chicago Med has consistently dominated its Wednesday time slot, attracting an average of approximately 10.5 million viewers across all platforms in the current season. Produced by Wolf Entertainment and Universal Television, the series boasts a stellar ensemble cast and a dedicated fan base.

In addition to Frolov and Schneider, the executive producers of Chicago Med include Dick Wolf, Stephen Hootstein, Eli Talbert, Derek Haas, Arthur W. Forney, Matt Olmstead, Michael Brandt, and Peter Jankowski.

Frolov and Schneider, who have a rich history of collaboration on acclaimed series such as Northern Exposure, The Sopranos, and Boardwalk Empire, have earned three Emmy Awards for their work. They are represented by the talent agency WME.

The Hollywood Reporter broke the story.