NBC orders Chicago Fire alum pilot to series

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Charlie Barnett, who was featured on Chicago Fire for its first three seasons and currently plays Alan Zaveri on the Netflix comedy series Russian Doll, co-stars in the new drama NBC Ordinary Joe, which was just ordered to series.

The new series explores the three parallel lives of the show’s main character after he makes a pivotal choice at a crossroads in his life. The series asks the question of how different life might look if you made your decision based on love, loyalty or passion.

In Ordinary Joe, Barnett plays Eric Payne, the best friend of title character Joe Kimbreau, played by Zoo and Mad Men alum James Wolk.

Natalie Martinez (APB) and Elizabeth Lail (You) also star in the show from creators Garret Lerner and Russel Friend (whose credits include being executive producers on House).

The series is described as a “passion project” for director Matt Reeves (The Batman, Planet of the Apes, Cloverfield) who will serve as Executive Producer.

(l-r) James Wolk as Cop Joe, James Wolk as Music Joe, James Wolk as Nurse Joe — (Photo by: Sandy Morris/Parrish Lewis/NBC)

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“I still remember when Matt Reeves shared this passion project back when I worked at Twentieth. Russel and Garrett wrote such a compelling and emotional script that was expertly executed from page to screen,” said Lisa Katz, President, Scripted Content, Entertainment and Streaming. “We love how ‘Ordinary Joe’ lets us experience the universal question of ‘what if’ through an incredible cast of characters and engaging storylines.”

Barnett played Peter Mills on Chicago Fire for several seasons, and more recently has earned critical acclaim for his co-starring performance on Russian Doll.

He also was Oliver Queen’s main antagonist during the final season of the CW’s Arrow and starred in the second season of ABC’s Secrets & Lies opposite Mekia Cox, who played Robin Charles on Chicago Med.

Barnett is the second One Chicago alum to now have a series picked up by NBC as Jon Seda (Chicago P.D., Chicago Justice) will now appear in La Brea.


  • W/EP: Russel Friend, Garrett Lerner
  • NW/EP: Matt Reeves, Adam Kassan, Rafi Crohn, Howard Klein
  • D/EP (pilot only): Adam Davidson  
  • Cast: James Wolk, Natalie Martinez, Charlie Barnett, Elizabeth Lail
  • Produced by: 20th Television, Universal Television (a division of Universal Studio Group), 6th & Idaho, 3 Arts