Chicago Med: Arrow Alum Colin Donnell Joins Spinoff as Series Regular

Colin Donnell Chicago Med

One of Arrow‘s dearly departed cast members has found new life on Chicago Med.

Colin Donnell, who played Tommy Merlyn on the CW series, has joined NBC’s Chicago Fire spinoff in a series-regular role.

Not much is known about Donnell’s character just yet, since work on the midseason series is only beginning, but Deadline reports he will likely play a doctor, possibly in pediatrics.

Donnell joins a cast that includes Laurie Holden (The Walking Dead), S. Epatha Merkerson (Law & Order), Oliver Platt (Fargo), Yaya DaCosta (Ugly Betty) and Nick Gehlfuss (Shameless).

The actor also appeared on Season 1 of Showtime’s The Affair and recently guest-starred on The Mysteries of Laura and Person of Interest.

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20 Comments
  1. bj says:

    That’s good news for Chicago Med.

  2. Liz says:

    Lmao. Did you put his name as Merlyn in that third paragraph?

  3. B says:

    I have so much on my plate TV-wise that I’m not even caught up with CPD and I keep wanting to start Fire, but haven’t been able to. Donnell’s looks alone might convince me to add Med to the roster.

  4. Stern des Südens says:

    Awesome. If I wasn’t on board already, I definitely am now.

  5. So Happy says:

    Yay! I LOVE Colin Donnell!!! He was so great in Arrow. I hadn’t planned on watching Chicago Med…. but if Colin is a regular, I will watch the show.
    I’m so happy he’ll be back on my television set! :0)

  6. Cas says:

    Dang it!! I was trying to not pick up anymore shows. Now I want to watch this!

  7. Lauren says:

    Yes!!!! I love him. They better not kill him off in season one like the other shows I’ve seen him in.
    Also P.S., regularly when I try to read an article on tvline I get redirected to an ad, it is incredibly irritating.

  8. Riana says:

    Malcolm would be so proud

  9. Rachel says:

    So very happy for him! Wasn’t going to watch this but I am now!

  10. E says:

    Great, now I’m going to have to add another show to my watch list.

  11. T.S.H. says:

    Well, there’s my reason to watch Chicago Med.

  12. Steven says:

    Chicago Med has a great cast assembled. I’m already addicted to Fire and PD so I’m excited for Med to start.

  13. Nerdfanfave says:

    At one time I was hoping that Tommy Merlyn would be able to come back to Arrow, but Season 3 of Arrow was such a crapfest because of Olicity, I’m glad Colin has a new gig because I have dropped Arrow from my list of tv shows.

  14. cyclone says:

    I preferred the other back door pilot for Chicago Med to this one. The reason I think this one made it and the other didn’t is that they flushed out more characters in the 2.0 version than they did in the first one. Definitely not better characters (because I thought Amanda Righetti was way better than Halstead’s brother) just more. I really think all these Chicago shows; Fire, PD and Med need more women so why not bring Amanda Righetti back into the fold.

  15. KN says:

    Won’t watch, but glad to see him get work.

  16. Lauren says:

    The good looking doctors, policemen and firemen of Chicago.

  17. Barbara says:

    Nice for the actor to land a new gig, but for our family the cast doesn’t matter if it’s a Dick Wolf show. As we say “We watch all things Dick Wolf!” He is amazing. We love his style, etc. Can’t wait for Chicago Med. :)