NBC’s “One Chicago” suite to film six additional episodes

5+ Chicago’s record-setting year of television production just got more record-settinger Dick Wolf’s award-winning trio of Windy City-based dramas — Chicago P.D., Chicago Fire, and Chicago Med — will collectively shoot a half-dozen additional episodes for the 2018 season, according to recent reports. Chicago PD executive producer/director Eriq LaSalle announced the news to fans in … Continue reading “NBC’s “One Chicago” suite to film six additional episodes”

“Chicago Fire” | “PD” | “Med” ping pong battle

2+ Stars of Dick Wolf’s Chicago franchise will play for the 100 Club of Chicago at SPiN Chicago on Sunday September 30 The stars of Chicago-based shows’ Chicago Fire, Chicago Med and Chicago P.D. will battle it out with a friendly table tennis competition to benefit the 100 Club of Chicago. The participating teams will … Continue reading ““Chicago Fire” | “PD” | “Med” ping pong battle”

Monica Raymund exits “Chicago Fire” after renewal

3+ Upfront news continues to roll in Six-year “Chicago Fire” veteran cast member Monica Raymund will not return for next season.     Just after having her NBC hit series renewed, Monica Raymund, who has played Paramedic-in-Charge / Firefighter Gabby Dawson on Chicago Fire since 2012, has officially confirmed that she is leaving the Dick … Continue reading “Monica Raymund exits “Chicago Fire” after renewal”

Chicago to receive its own night on NBC fall schedule

1+ According to Adweek, NBC is setting up an all-Chicago night on Wednesdays with “Chicago Med,” “Chicago Fire,” and “Chicago P.D.”   “We flirted with doing this in the past, and didn’t for various reasons,” said Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment. “We looked at the landscape and thought, let’s try this together.” After several years … Continue reading “Chicago to receive its own night on NBC fall schedule”

NBC renews all three Dick Wolf Chicago series

2+ GREAT NEWS FOR THE CHICAGO PRODUCTION COMMUNITY Chicago Fire Chicago P.D. Chicago Med renewed for 2018-2019! Deadline and Variety today reported that all three of the shows in the Dick Wolf Chicago trifecta are officially set for another run. Chicago P.D., Chicago Fire, and Chicago Med — which film at Cinespace Studios — have … Continue reading “NBC renews all three Dick Wolf Chicago series”

Chicago’s Cinespace Studios to add outdoor backlots

8+ Chicago filmmakers have longed dreamt about turning Chicago into a Midwest Hollywood. Now, Cinespace Studios‘ president, Alex Pissios, has taken the steps to make that dream a reality. What has been in the works for two years came to fruition this past Wednesday when City Council passed an ordinance allowing the 1.45 million sq. … Continue reading “Chicago’s Cinespace Studios to add outdoor backlots”

What’s up doc? WTVP to air new Bugs Bunny special

1+ Transcendence Broadcasting and PBS station WTVP/Peoria are taking a hard look at that “wascally wabbit.” On With The Show!, a look at the cultural impact of Bugs Bunny during the last 80 years will air this fall and next spring. “We’re very excited to be moving forward with WTVP Remote and pleased that we … Continue reading “What’s up doc? WTVP to air new Bugs Bunny special”

Gardner’s ‘Long Ride Home’ plays Bentonville Fest

2+ Charles Andrew Gardner’s Long Ride Home will compete for Best Short Film this week at Academy Award® winner Geena Davis’ Bentonville Film Festival. In the powerful short film, Long Ride Home, Brandon is an affluent African-American who has climbed the ladder to success, resenting anyone not willing to put in the same amount of discipline. However, his perspective … Continue reading “Gardner’s ‘Long Ride Home’ plays Bentonville Fest”

FX announces Fargo Season Four Cast

3+ FX has set the extraordinary ensemble cast that will star with Chris Rock in the fourth installment of the Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning limited series Fargo. Peabody, Golden Globe® and Emmy® Award winning Executive Producer Noah Hawley (creator/showrunner/writer/director) and his production company 26 Keys will lead the creative team for the latest all-new … Continue reading “FX announces Fargo Season Four Cast”

‘Lovecraft Country’ cast talks family atmosphere

1+ This year’s web-based San Diego Comic-Con featured a panel for HBO’s new series Lovecraft Country, from industry giants JJ Abrams and Jordan Peele, among others. H. P. Lovecraft, whose work inspired the surreal horror aspects of the show, was a prolific writer of unsettling pulp fiction in the early 1900’s.  The show, based on … Continue reading “‘Lovecraft Country’ cast talks family atmosphere”

Filmmaker Chantel Chavon tackles racism, mental health

4+ Up and coming Chicago-based filmmaker, Chantel Chavon, makes her directorial debut by tackling the connection between racism and mental illness head on in the short film, When the Leaves Fall. Based on an original screenplay by Chavon, the psychological drama tells the story of a mentally-ill homeless woman living inside of a bus shelter, … Continue reading “Filmmaker Chantel Chavon tackles racism, mental health”

‘Fire’ encore matches highest ratings since 2017

1+ Chicago Fire is well, on fire. Even in reruns. A rebroadcast of the beloved NBC series (0.6 rating in 18-49, 4.5 million viewers overall from 9-10 p.m. ET) matched the show’s highest rating for a rebroadcast since Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017 at 10 p.m. (0.7). Versus the previous week’s encore, Fire increased by +0.1 … Continue reading “‘Fire’ encore matches highest ratings since 2017”

‘Empire’ airs 100th episode tonight on Fox

1+ What does Fox’s Empire, now in its sixth and final season, have in common with NBC’s Chicago Med, Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. have hit E.R. and even Showtime’s  Shameless? They are all scripted shows based and filmed in Chicago that have reached the milestone of 100 shows.   The hip-hop drama, once a ratings powerhouse and pop culture … Continue reading “‘Empire’ airs 100th episode tonight on Fox”

Cinespace Studios welcomes new pilots for Fox and NBC

13+ Cinespace Chicago Film Studios, the second largest film studio in the country, with 36 studios and more than 2 million square feet on the west and south sides of Chicago, is pleased to welcome two pilots to its campus this season. NBC has greenlight Ordinary Joe and Fox has given a pilot offer for The Big Leap. … Continue reading “Cinespace Studios welcomes new pilots for Fox and NBC”

Michael Glover Smith’s ‘Relative’ filming in May

5+ Relative Film LLC announces today the cast of Relative, the fourth feature film from Michael Glover Smith (Rendezvous in Chicago, Mercury in Retrograde), which is scheduled to shoot on the far north side and near-north suburbs of Chicago for two weeks in May. Relative is a comedy/drama about three days in the lives of … Continue reading “Michael Glover Smith’s ‘Relative’ filming in May”

Seaton, Simon are GlobalMixx ‘Game Changers’

6+ Annual Film and Music Forum will honor Carl Seaton and Claire Simon for “giving back to the community” Chicago Television Director Carl Seaton and Simon Casting President Claire Simon will be honored as a Game Changers at the Global Mixx Music and Film Forum next weekend. Bestowed upon individuals who have “impacted in some … Continue reading “Seaton, Simon are GlobalMixx ‘Game Changers’”

Diesel World and Jay Davis Films premiere ‘Step Dads’

3+ Hilarious family tale with a cast of Chicago all stars debuts October 13 at the Den Theatre in Wicker Park   Diesel World Productions and Jay Davis Films — producers of the hilarious Choke on That: The Series and Not Another Black Movie — will host a special screening of their new film, Step … Continue reading “Diesel World and Jay Davis Films premiere ‘Step Dads’”

Hawley and Amoaku help film industry move forward

8+ Newly installed office-holders explain their plans for keeping Chicago and Illinois on the path of success The thriving regional film industry is only going to get better, according to two of its recently appointed top leaders. Illinois Film Office Executive Director Peter Hawley and Director of the Chicago Film Office Kwame Amoaku described their … Continue reading “Hawley and Amoaku help film industry move forward”

Cinespace announces 2019 production lineup

5+ The largest film studio in the Midwest prepares for a busy season of hit shows with 13 new interns Cinespace Chicago Film Studios, based on the west side of Chicago, and currently the second-largest film studio in the country, welcomes back many popular series and announces several new television shows now filming at its … Continue reading “Cinespace announces 2019 production lineup”