NBC has renewed five of its dramas for the 2015-16 season, the net announced Thursday.
“The Blacklist” (season 3), “Chicago Fire” (season 4), “Chicago P.D.” (season 3), “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (season 17) and “Grimm” (season 5) will all be returning with new seasons.
“The creative vision of the executive producers who’ve guided these outstanding dramas has been nothing short of incredible,” said Jennifer Salke, president, NBC Entertainment. “We’re highly appreciative of the passion they bring to their shows at every step of the creative process and we’re thrilled to reward that dedication with these renewals.”
“The Blacklist,” which garnered a ratings boost from its post-Super Bowl episode, moves to its new 9 p.m. Thursday timeslot tonight. The James Spader thriller is averaging a 5.1 rating with 17.4 million viewers so far this season, according to the “most current” averages from Nielsen.
“Grimm” has remained a steady performer for the Peacock’s Friday night lineup, pulling in an average 2.1 rating with 7.2 million viewers overall this season.
“Chicago Fire,” “Chicago P.D.” and “Law & Order: SVU” all hail from Dick Wolf. A medical “Chicago” spinoff is set to bow during the current season of “Fire,” airing as episode 19. “SVU” is the longest-running scripted drama on television.
Considering he lives in Chicago during brutally cold months, you wouldn’t blame Jesse Spencer for walking into the Langham Resort in Pasadena (temperature: near 80 degrees) wearing cargo shorts and a T-shirt. After all, most people would. But Jesse Spencer isn’t most people. The soon-to-be 36-year-old Aussie—warm, hilarious, and yes, good-looking—is wearing a dapper three-piece suit and looks ready to rock the runway rather than a Southern California beach. Spencer dresses the part, knows he has a job to do (in this case, greet the television critics from around the country), and represent one of NBC’s crown jewels: Chicago Fire. Listen in as we talk pizza, Lady Gaga, and romance.
Glamour: You played a doctor for eight years on House, and now you’re playing a firefighter. Is there a hero complex going on here?
Jesse Spencer: [Laughs] I don’t, but I think the people that cast me do! I guess it’s a good thing, but I certainly do not. I would hope that nobody ever would put their lives in my hands, ever.
Glamour: Could you ever see yourself being a firefighter?
Jesse: I mean, if I had fallen into it, sure. My uncle is a volunteer firefighter, which a lot are in Australia; 80 to 85 percent of all firefighters in Australia are volunteers to fight bush fires because the country is just too big to cover. It’s the only way they can even begin to fight that stuff because it’s just too big.
Thanks to my friend, Carol for the stills for 3×01-3×03 & 3×05.
 3×01 Always (Stills)
 3×02 Wow Me (Stills)
 3×03 Just Drive the Truck (Stills)
 3×05 The Nuclear Option (Stills)
 3×07 Nobody Touches Anything (Stills)
Thanks to my buddy, Carol!
 3×01 Always (BTS)
 3×02 Wow Me (BTS)
 3×03 Just Drive the Truck (BTS)
 3×05 The Nuclear Option (BTS)
 2×04 A Nuisance Call
 3×03 Just Drive the Truck