‘Chicago Med’ Adds Colin Donnell As Series Regular

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Colin Donnell - ArrowNBC is continuing to build the cast of Chicago Med. Colin Donnell (Arrow) has joined the cast of the Chicago Fire spin-off as a series regular for its just picked up first season – which at present has an order for 13 episodes and is set to debut at midseason.

Details of the character that Colin Donnell will play are being kept firmly under wraps at this stage. Deadline, who first reported the casting, notes that the character is not quite set yet and is still being fleshed out, though he is likely to be a Doctor specialising in paediatrics. He joins a main cast that also includes Oliver Platt, S. Epatha Merkerson, Laurie Holden, Nick Gehlfuss and Yaya Dacosta

As Chicago Med was piloted via a planted episode of Chicago Fire rather than a traditional pilot, there is likely to be further cast additions moving forward, as it is impossible to assemble the full cast in an episode which has to both pilot a new project and serve an existing audience. Such changes, both additions and exits, are not uncommon in projects piloted in this way, with last year’s CSI: Cyber being a good example where 90% of the cast was set after the backdoor pilot.

Chicago Med is described as an emotional thrill ride through the day-to-day chaos of the city’s most explosive hospital and the courageous team of doctors who hold it together. Familiar faces from the Chicago police and fire departments will intertwine as this third team of Chicago heroes hits the ground running. Dick Wolf, Matt Olmstead, Michael Brandt and Derek Haas penned the backdoor pilot for the Universal Television producer series and executive produce alongside Danielle Gelber, Peter Jankowski and director Joe Chappelle.