Jus­tice for all

The streets of Chicago are be­ing cleaned up, one crim­i­nal at a time in Chicago Fire spin-off series Chicago Jus­tice.

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Chicago Jus­tice Sea­son 1 Tues­days (from 22 Au­gust) M-Net (*101) 20:30

The Chicago fran­chise of shows (Chicago Fire 2012- cur­rent; Chicago PD 2014- cur­rent and Chicago Med, 2015- cur­rent) are fin­ish­ing off their quar­tet with the ad­di­tion of sin­gle­sea­son le­gal ac­tion series Chicago Jus­tice (2017). Fran­chise fol­low­ers will recog­nise Chief In­ves­ti­ga­tor An­to­nio Daw­son, who is played by Jon Seda and has fea­tured in Chicago PD (see more on p65). “Go­ing from an es­tab­lished fourth-year show [PD] to a first-year en­try [Jus­tice] was un­charted wa­ters. It had never been done be­fore.” Some­thing else not done be­fore, at least not in the Chicago shows, is choos­ing a smaller lead cast. While shows like Fire and PD have a reg­u­lar cast of 15+, Chicago Jus­tice has only five head­ing up their State’s At­tor­ney of­fice in the 13-episode sea­son…

THE JUS­TICE LEAGUE

1 Chief In­ves­ti­ga­tor An­to­nio Daw­son

(Jon Seda) adds streets­marts to the State’s At­tor­ney team. He’s an ex-de­tec­tive and knows how crim­i­nals think. Af­ter all, it was his day job to be smarter than them.

Did you know? Jon has played over 14 law en­force­ment char­ac­ters in his ca­reer, start­ing with Sal Molina in a 1994 episode of NYPD Blue (1993-2005).

2 Mark Jef­feries (Carl Weathers, best known as Apollo Creed in 1976 box­ing movie Rocky) is the Chicago State’s At­tor­ney. He’s the main man in the of­fice, leads by ex­am­ple and doesn’t take non­sense – Mark is a for­mer Ma­rine and Viet­nam War vet.

Did you know? Be­fore get­ting into act­ing, Carl was a pro NFL foot­ball star. 3 As­sis­tant State’s At­tor­ney Peter Stone

(Philip Winch­ester, Michael Stone­bridge in ac­tion show Strike­back, 20102015) heads the Spe­cial Pros­e­cu­tions Bu­reau within the State’s At­tor­ney of­fice and it’s his job to make sure that the team get their job de­spite in­ter­fer­ance from the out­side world.

Did you know? Fic­tional char­ac­ter Peter’s dad is an­other fa­mous TV law­man – Ex­ec­u­tive As­sis­tant District At­tor­ney Ben Stone (Michael Mo­ri­arty) in sea­sons 1- 4 of Law & Or­der (1990-2010).

4 Anna Valdez (Mon­ica Bar­baro, Yael in drama UnReal, 2016- cur­rent) is an As­sis­tant State At­tor­ney like Peter but doesn’t have his ex­pe­ri­ence. She sits as his sec­ond chair in meet­ings and has a whip-smart, quick tongue.

Did you know? Mon­ica gave up bal­let as a teen af­ter a knee in­jury. She doesn’t do any of her Chicago Jus­tice stunts.

5 In­ves­ti­ga­tor Laura Nagel (Joelle Carter, Ava Crow­der in ac­tion show Jus­ti­fied, 2010-2015) is a for­mer street de­tec­tive. She was ad­dicted to painkillers af­ter be­ing in­jured on duty and her young daugh­ter was taken away as a con­se­quence.

Did you know? Mil­i­tary brat Joelle stud­ied at Au­gusta State Univer­sity on a full sport schol­ar­ship for swim­ming.

LAST IN, FIRST OUT

Chicago Jus­tice was can­celled by net­work NBC af­ter just one sea­son. Ac­cord­ing to sources, ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer and show boss Dick Wolf wasn’t happy with the be­low-av­er­age pre­mière fig­ures of 8.7 mil­lion view­ers in March 2017. “This is a rare miss for Dick Wolf,” ex­plains an in­side source. While his other shows are still do­ing well – Law & Or­der SVU (1999- cur­rent) is in its 19th sea­son and orig­i­nal series Law & Or­der had 20 – “this was a blip on his radar”.

The Chicago State’s At­tor­ney team are only around for a short while.

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