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NBC picks up ‘Chicago Justice,’ expanding local franchise to 4

Philip Winchester as Peter Stone and Carl Weathers as Mark Jeffries on "Chicago Justice." | Matt Dinerstein/NBC

NBC’s popular Chicago drama franchise is going to court with the addition of “Chicago Justice.”

The network Thursday picked up its fourth #OneChicago series from mega-producer Dick Wolf. It will join “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago P.D.” and “Chicago Med” on NBC.

The new drama, which kicks off with a case involving the shooting of a police officer, will focus on prosecutors and investigators from the state’s attorney’s office as they navigate city politics and controversy while pursuing justice. Besides legal processes, they must deal with public opinion and city power struggles, according to the show’s description.

Philip Winchester, a lead actor on NBC’s “The Player” last year, is one of the stars, along with Carl Weathers, Nazneen Contractor, Joelle Carter and Ryan-James Hatanaka.

Some “Justice” characters were introduced Wednesday on an episode of “P.D.”

Wolf also is the producer behind the successful “Law & Order” franchise.