While the series of the Chicago franchise have all been renewed for an additional season, their distributions are going to evolve a bit with the leaving of three actors and actresses. According to Deadline, Jon Seda will leave Chicago PD at the end of the sixth season while Colin Donnell and Norma Kuhling will do the same in Chicago Med at the end of the fourth season. These departures can be explained by scriptwriting reasons according to the American media.
Jon Seda, who interprets the role of detective Antonio Dawson, was part of the Chicago franchise since the beginning. He was first a regular actor in Chicago Fire and was then at the heart of the Chicago PD spin-off launch with Jason Beghe. Jon Seda was gone from Chicago PD for a year as his character was “transferred” in the Chicago Justice spinoff series. After the cancellation of the series he came back in the cast of Chicago PD as a regular actor. Jon Seda said on Twitter: “It’s been an honour portraying Det. Antonio Dawson in the One Chicago world. To my cast Family, I’ll always treasure the time and stories we shared. To all you Chihards out there (the name of the fans of the franchise, ed), THANK YOU for being the best of fans! We’ll Always have CHICAGO”.
As for Colin Donnell, he was in the cast of Chicago Med since its launch on NBC. In it, he played Dr. Connor Rhodes, a character we also met in Chicago PD and Chicago Fire. The actor also expressed himself on Twitter: “Sorry to say that it’s true. I love my Chicago Med and One Chicago family. And a special thank you to all the fans that have made these last four seasons so amazing”.
As for Norma Kuhling, she joined Chicago Med in the final of season 2. Since then, she had become a regular actress in the series thanks to her role as Ava Bekker. Norma Kuhling thanked NBC and Dick Wolf for enabling her to take part in the adventure and to meet “the best cast and the best team possible”. She added: “Thank you Chicago Med for two amazing years. Really going to miss this family, but feeling nothing but gratitude. A huge thank you […] to the fans for making these shows what they are. Can’t wait to cheer One Chicago on in its future seasons with you”.