‘Chicago P.D.’ Season 8 Premiere Date Set for November 2020

NBC is heading back to the Windy City. The network has set premiere dates for its popular One Chicago franchise. But the bad news is that fans will have to wait a bit longer than normal for new episodes of Chicago P.D., Chicago Fire, and Chicago Med. 

‘Chicago P.D.’ Season 8 premieres November 11 

Jason Beghe in Chicago PD
Jason Beghe as Hank Voight in Chicago P.D. | Matt Dinerstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank

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Typically, the One Chicago dramas premiere in late September. But due to production delays caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19), the three series won’t return until November. 

Chicago P.D., Chicago Fire, and Chicago Med will all begin airing new episodes on Wednesday, Nov. 11. Things kick off with season 6 of Med in the 8 p.m. ET timeslot, followed by season 9 of Fire at 9 p.m. and P.D. at 10 p.m. 

What’s in store for ‘Chicago P.D.’ Season 8?

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LaRoyce Hawkins as Kevin Atwater in Chicago P.D. | Matt Dinerstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

So far, there aren’t many details about what viewers can expect from Chicago P.D. Season 8. But season 7 ended with a drama-filled finale that saw Atwater (LaRoyce Hawkins) teaming up with Doyle (Mickey O’Sullivan), who he’d clashed with in the past. After Doyle insisted on pursuing a suspect because of his race, a shootout ensued that left both Doyle and the suspect dead. 

Atwater knew Doyle didn’t have a good reason for tailing the suspect, and he insisted on telling the truth about what really went down. But Doyle’s cop buddies weren’t so pleased with Atwater’s candor. At the episode’s end, they showed up at Atwater’s house in a pretty intimidating fashion. As of now, we don’t know what Atwater’s decision to speak out will cost him, but he’s definitely in a dangerous spot. 

“Atwater should definitely be worried,” Chicago P.D. showrunner Rick Eid told TVLine. “Doyle’s friends and family are taking this very seriously. They’re also well-connected in CPD and the Mayor’s Office. So, this crew will present a serious challenge to Atwater … and Intelligence.” 

‘Law & Order: SVU’ also sets premiere date, but ‘Organized Crime’ delayed until 2021

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NBC’s other Dick Wolf-produced series, Law & Order: SVU will also return to screens in November. The 22nd season of the longest-running primetime drama in U.S. TV history premieres Thursday, Nov. 12 at 9 p.m. ET. 

Unfortunately, the much-anticipated spinoff Law & Order: Organized Crime has been delayed until 2021. That show is set to star Christopher Meloni as Detective Elliot Stabler, the same character he played on SVU until his departure in 2011. But fans dreaming of a Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Stabler reunion won’t have to wait until next year. Stabler will appear in the SVU season premiere, showrunner Warren Leight has promised. 

“It’s pretty clear that Elliot will be in the SVU season opener,” Leight said in an episode of The Law & Order: SVU Podcast. “I think that much I know.”

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