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May 15 'Chicago Fire' episode previews spinoff series 'Chicago PD'

By now fans of "Chicago Fire" know that NBC is creating a police-focused spinoff of the series called "Chicago PD." Tune in to this Wednesday's episode of "Chicago Fire" to get a sneak peek of the new series.

In "Let Her Go," debuting at 9 p.m. CT May 15, Jon Seda returns as Det. Antonio Dawson and Jason Beghe is back as Det. Hank Voight. In the episode, Casey (Jesse Spencer) is forced to team up with the Intelligence Unit, now run by crooked cop Voight (Beghe), who served at stint in prison after Casey helped take him down earlier in the season.

The episode features other characters from the new series, including Chicago PD Officer Jim Barnes (Scott Eastwood), Det. Julia Willhite (Melissa Sagemiller), Officer John Elam (Kelly Blatz), Kevin Atwater (LaRoyce Hawkins) and Officer Nicole Sermons (Tania Raymonde).

In the episode’s other storylines, Shay’s (Lauren German) excitement at the prospect of becoming a parent grows, while Mills (Charlie Barnett) and Dawson (Monica Raymund) face some personal challenges. Meanwhile, the firehouse comes together to support the opening of Molly’s. Taylor Kinney, David Eigneberg and Eamonn Walker also star.

Like “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago PD” will be filmed and set in Chicago. It is not currently on NBC’s fall 2013 or midseason 2014 schedule, but it could sneak into either or be held for later.

This new series, according to NBC, will focus on District 21 of the Chicago Police Department, which is made up of two distinctly different groups: The uniformed cops who patrol the beat and deal with street crimes, and the Intelligence Unit, the team that combats the city’s major offenses, such as organized crime, drug trafficking and high-profile murders.

Leading the Intelligence Team is Sgt. Hank Voight (Beghe), a man not against skirting the law in the pursuit of justice. Demanding and tough, only those who can take the heat survive under Voight’s command. Take Det. Antonio Dawson (Seda), for example. Despite a troubled history with his boss, Dawson has ambitions of running the unit. If that means facing off against Voight every day, he’ll persevere. From the street cops with dreams of moving up to the elite crew who are already in, “life on the job” is a daily challenge.

Dick Wolf, Matt Olmstead, Michael Brandt, Derek Haas, Peter Jankowski, Danielle Gelber and director Joe Chappelle serve as executive producers. “Chicago PD” is a production of Universal Television and Wolf Films.

I do have one question about Beghe’s character, Voight: If he served time in prison for abusing his power as a police officer, why is heading the Intelligence Division?

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