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Exclusive: NBC's Chicago Fire Spin-Off Drops Melissa Sagemiller, Adds Jesse Lee Soffer

Chicago Fire Season 2 CastThere’s a shake-up underway at Chicago PD.

NBC’s Chicago Fire spin-off, which is set to premiere at midseason, has parted ways with leading lady Melissa Sagemiller, TVLine has learned exclusively.

Additionally, Jesse Lee Soffer — last seen on Fox’s short-lived Mob Doctor — on June 20 officially joined the cast as a series regular.

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Sagemiller’s character, CPD Detective Willhite, first appeared in Chicago Fire‘s penultimate Season 1 episode (aka Chicago PD‘s pilot).

Soffer’s character, a young police detective who grew up on the wrong side of the tracks, will be introduced on Chicago Fire via a short Season 2 arc, says Deadline.

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28 Comments
  1. They’ll probably kill her off. That way they can open big and have the first arc being looking for her killer(s). At least that’d what l’d hope for them to do.

  2. Carolyn says:

    Obviously not big names, since I thought both were women. So I guess it doesn’t really matter.

  3. Alison says:

    No, that’s Sagemiller. They look a LOT alike, so I can see where you got confused.

  4. Babar says:

    This is eighth cast departure from the newly ordered series.

  5. Dominique says:

    Yes! Been a fan of Jesse since ATWT, and I’m really liking how he’s getting bigger role son primetime!

    • Soapstef says:

      I was hoping to find some fans of Jesse that knew him from ATWT’s. He’s fantastic and I’ll look forward to watching him.

    • Magically Suspicious says:

      YES!!! I loved him on ATWT and I was sorry I missed him on the Mob show, but it got cancelled before I knew he was even on it. I’m super excited to see him on my tv again!

  6. Hope Chicago PD should replace Ironside (if it does get canceled) in the 10 p.m. Wednesday night time slot depending on when it will air during mid-season. IN DICK WOLF WE TRUST :-)

  7. Adam says:

    I’m disappointed, I’m a fan of Melissa Sagemiller from the clearing, get over it, sleeper cell and raising the bar.

    • dude says:

      She was awful in Raising the Bar. I never felt sorry for her, even in the moments we were suppose to because she always played her like an opportunist without a soul.

      • Apples says:

        I didn’t mind her in it, but I thought she was outshone by a reasonably strong ensemble that included some of my favourites like Mark-Paul Gosselar (in a role much better than in the awful F&B he is in now), J. August Richards, Jane Kaczmarek, Teddy Sears etc

  8. Elyse says:

    I don’t even remember her in the episode.

    • Don J says:

      She was the female cop working with Jon Seda’s Antonio through most of the episode. I hope they cast another female cop.

  9. Bass Drum says:

    As long as they don’t fire / recast Kelly Blatz , Tania or Scott , it’s all good , for me.

  10. Eli says:

    LOL, this spin-off is gonna be an epic fail. And that’s coming from a fan of Chicago Fire.

  11. Who cares? We don’t even know these characters yet! We’ve seen them ONCE. Not enough to get attached.

  12. DR says:

    Boo hiss to any show replacing female actors/characters with men.

    What’s worse? Oh, I dunno. Storylines about lesbians who want to have babies and ask their best (male) friends to be sperm donors. Shows that poll readers about setting up lesbian characters with male romantic/sexual partners . . . . Oh, wait. This writing/producing crew has been there done that. I guess replacing Sagemiller with Soffer is part for the course . . . . .

  13. Karoline says:

    Get Scott Speedman on the phone stat!

  14. Mac says:

    It’s time for a name change…

  15. ABC says:

    I think this might be one of those NBC DOA shows, like Save Me.

  16. Pickle8182 says:

    She looks just like the other blonde on Chicago Fire. I’m done with the show after that dumbass finale. Too much crap- thought it was more General Hospital!

  17. John says:

    Jesse for Melissa? This a major step down.

  18. shadester says:

    I wonder why the let her go? I am going to watch but i doubt it wil be as good as chicago fire. no severide!

  19. EWJ says:

    I like Jesse so I’m good with this…

  20. wulfman75 says:

    Ahh Sophia Bush…all I need to tune in. ;)

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