NBC's Chicago Justice premieres on Wednesday night as part of the network's successful Chicago franchise, which includes Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D., and Chicago Med. So will Chicago Justice be crossing over with the NBC Chicago shows? The new TV drama will actually debut in a long-awaited mega-crossover with Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. on its premiere night, according to TV Guide. Chicago Justice will premiere on Wednesday night at 10 p.m. ET and conclude the crossover before moving to its regular timeslot on Sunday nights at 9 p.m. ET, reported TV Guide.
Chicago Med won't be airing on that night and isn't airing an episode as part of the crossover, but the show's doctors will appear in the other shows, according to TVLine. “It’s really four shows in three hours,” executive producer Peter Jankowski told TVLine about the crossover. So viewers will meet the State's Attorney team of Chicago Justice through the scope of the crossover, which will begin on Chicago Fire at 8 p.m. ET and continue on Chicago P.D. at 9 p.m. ET. The Chicago Fire team will encounter a deadly warehouse fire, the police of Chicago P.D. will investigate the cause, and Chicago Justice will bring the culprits of the crime to, ahem, justice, according to TV Guide.
Jankowski told the publication that the crossover storyline was based on 2016 warehouse fire in Oakland that killed 36 people. “The scope of it is very large,” Jankowski told TVLine. “The Chicago Fire piece of it, we put a lot of effort into making it harrowing and emotionally gripping. It’s a much bigger episode than we normally do ... It affects, very closely, one of our lead characters, and he has a tremendous loss because of it.” And since the franchise is so interconnected, it's possible that most of the Chicago characters could feel such a loss.
Like other shows in the Chicago universe, Chicago Justice has characters in common with the other shows in the franchise, as well as Law & Order, which was also created by Chicago co-creator Dick Wolf. Chicago P.D. and Chicago Fire character Chief Investigator Antonio Dawson (Jon Seda) will be a regular cast member Chicago Justice. According to TV Guide, Chicago Justice will also star Philip Winchester as Assistant State's Attorney Peter Stone, who is the son on Law & Order's Assistant District Attorney Ben Stone (Michael Moriarty) and has appeared on Chicago P.D. TVLine reported that Tovah Feldshuh will step back into her Law & Order role as Judge Danielle Melnick in the Chicago Justice episode.
“The ghost of Law & Order is hovering over Justice," Jankowski told the website. The exec producer also noted to TVLine that Chicago Justice will "bring a little bit more character, reflect a little bit more of the millennial generation."
And you'll get to see those Chicago Justice characters in action for yourself in the final part of the three-part mega Chicago crossover on Wednesday night.