Chicago Med has not had the best month. Earlier this month, Laurie Holden made the decision to exit the series because of family concerns, and now the series has lost its showrunner, according to Variety.
Andrew Dettmann stepped down from the role, and he will not remain a part of the series as an executive producer. The departure was due to “creative differences” between Dettman and the others involved with the Dick Wolf series.
A source for the series told Variety that, “Andrew Dettmann won’t be continuing as an executive producer on Chicago Med. The network and studio value their relationship with Andy and plan to continue to work on other projects together.”
This would have been Dettman’s first time as showrunner on a series. He had worked on CSI as an executive producer in the past. There has not been a replacement named for the spot, but the series has a long list of executive producers involved with the series. Variety has made it clear that the large group involved with Chicago Med have the series moving in a “positive direction” with the departure not having an impact.
With this second departure, one might be concerned about the future of the latest addition to the Chicago family on NBC. Chicago Med will join Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. this fall. Some of the characters on the new series appeared during a backdoor pilot near the end of last season.
Laurie Holden was featured in that episode, but she decided to depart. The series will hire three new female regulars to fill the void. According to a previous Inquisitr report, Torrey DeVitto was cast to play Dr. Lilly Manning, a pregnant ER doctor.
Rachel DiPillo, from Jane the Virgin fame, has been cast as a new intern. Dr. Sarah Reese will be fresh out of medical school when the series premieres.
A third female regular is still coming, but that role has not been cast. It has been revealed that it will be a charge nurse though.
Dick Wolf did tease a bit more about the type of series fans will see when Chicago Med premieres on NBC this fall. According to Ecumenical News, he said that “Every week you will get at least one piece of medical info you probably didn’t know… Everything that touches on our medical or physical life is fair game for us.”
Dick Wolf also teased that fans will see medical cases taken from the headlines, and viewers will learn new things every week about the medical world.
What do you think? Are you ready for Chicago Med? What do you think of these behind-the-scenes shake-ups?