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Gavel Comes Down on 'Chicago Justice' As Locally Made Show Is Canceled

By DNAinfo Staff | May 23, 2017 8:15am
 The Dick Wolf-produced show
The Dick Wolf-produced show "Chicago Justice" reportedly has been canceled.
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NORTH LAWNDALE — There will be one less TV show film in the neighborhoods: The locally made "Chicago Justice" that airs on NBC reportedly has been canceled.

Reports out of California put the Dick Wolf-produced show on the chopping block after just one season.

Like all of  Wolf's "Chicago" series set here, "Chicago Justice" was filmed around the city and at Cinespace Film Studios, a former steel plant at 2621 W. 15th Place in North Lawndale.

The courtroom drama starred Philip Winchester and Carl Weathers and got middling reviews when it debuted.

Wolf's three other NBC franchise shows remain — "Chicago Fire," "Chicago PD" and "Chicago Med."

Deadline.com said "Justice" was the lowest rated in the Wolf stable but had higher ratings than some other dramas that were signed on for a second season. “We decided that we didn’t need it as there was no space for fall,” a network exec said.


On average, a single season of one network television series spends $30 million and $40 million locally and hires anywhere from 250 to 400 people, according to the mayor's office. NBC paid more than $150 million in wages and employed 1,300 people locally on the production of its its three series last year.

The state says that filmmakers spent $499 million in Illinois last year, taking advantage of attractive tax benefits, a skilled local workforce and a diverse shooting locations. A 30 percent tax credit is awarded to productions buying Illinois goods and services, including wages paid to Illinois residents.

The state's film office worked with 345 television, commercial and film projects that generated 13,377 non-extra job hires during 2016, according to the Illinois Commerce Department.