Often, when television shows are in development, the project goes through several casting changes before they settle on the final ensemble they will take to series. In the case of a spin-off series, however, casting changes become a tad more distracting.
Melissa Sagemiller, who had been cast as the lead in the upcoming 'Chicago Fire' spin-off entitled 'Chicago PD,' has exited the project for undisclosed reasons. The reason why this is tricky? Sagemiller appeared in the second last episode of 'Chicago Fire's season, as a way to set up the upcoming spin-off series. Sagemiller's character, Detective Julia Willhite, was intended to be one of the audience's touchstones to recognize from 'Chicago Fire' that would make 'Chicago PD' part of a larger world--can they really accomplish the same goal if they recast Willhite or drop the character altogether?
TVLine broke the news about Sagemiller's departure, however no details have emerged regarding Sagemiller's reason for leaving. TVLine also reported that 'Chicago PD' has their eyes on Jesse Lee Soffer for a potential regular role on the upcoming series.
Soffer, known for his work on 'As the World Turns' and the ill-fated 'The Mob Doctor,' is reportedly in talks to join 'Chicago PD' as a series regular, in an undisclosed role. Apparently the role is still being finalized by 'Chicago PD's writing staff.
How many other changes can we expect as 'Chicago PD' goes through the development stage? Are you a big enough fan of 'Chicago Fire' to be enticed by this police station spin-off series? Has losing Sagemiller taken the shine off of this upcoming show?