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TV hasn’t fully gotten into the swing of winter programming, although some networks have jumped the gun, offering new fodder, earlier. Last night this proved good for NBC, but bad for everyone else, including Fox, which did offer some original programming with the return of Mobbed.
Despite a sluggish start, NBC’s Chicago Fire has increased in the ratings over the past several weeks. Because of this, late last month, NBC increased the script orders for Dick Wolf’s firefighter drama, and on Thursday, NBC announced the network had given the series a full back 9 episode order. This means fans of the show will get 22 episodes this TV season.
NBC doesn’t seem ready to commit to extra episodes of Chicago Fire, yet. On the bright side, the network doesn’t look ready to axe the show, either. On Thursday, NBC announced it had given the freshman drama an order for five more scripts to be written for the show.
In what is bad but not entirely unsurprising news, ABC's new drama Nashville showed a steep drop in the ratings from its first episode last week to last night's second episode. Chicago Fire also had some trouble in the ratings, taking its own nearly-as-steep dive. Of the three series returning for Episode 2, Arrow fared the best.
A good portion of the new fall comedies and dramas debuted last month, but we're still seeing some of the later premieres arrive. Last night, three new dramas made their debuts, and of them, it was ABC's Nashville that came out on top, with NBC's Chicago Fire falling behind. The CW's Arrow also premiered, and performed decently for the network, which typically draws a smaller crowd by comparison to the other major networks.
Among the later of the new series to make its debut this season this Fall is NBC's Chicago Fire, a drama that takes place at the Chicago Firehouse 52 and follows the lives and dangerous work of the firefighters, rescue squad and paramedics. Given the dangerous work they do and the pressure they're under, drama is likely to run high in this series. Watch a trailer for the show, and for those who don't want to wait until later tonight, you can watch the full episode online right here.
NBC begins the process of rolling out their new fall series tonight with the official premieres of The New Normal and Go On. Both comedies aired sneak previews last night, but they move into their permanent Tuesday spot this evening after The Voice. NBC released some new artwork focusing on the casts of each of their new series, including tonight's comedies. Check them out ahead.
NBC’s new drama Chicago Fire has added a new cast member, but he won’t be a fireman; instead Californication’s Jason Beghe is on boar d the series as a police officer. He’ll play a recurring role as a tough gang unit officer.
Most of the midseason series have drawn to a close for the season, leaving us to anticipate whatever offerings TV has in store for us this summer. And in the distance is the promise of a fresh season, full of new and returning series. NBC has a couple of dramas on the horizon, including Do No Harm and the J.J. Abrams/Eric Kripke created Revolution. We came across some art for the shows, which showcase some of the new faces we'll be seeing at the Peacock next season.
Breakout Kings will not be returning for a third season of cons catching cons. Apparently executive producer and co-creater Olmstead has moved on to greener pastures, or at least what the producer hopes will be greener pastures. Olmstead has landed a new gig as showrunner on Dick Wolf’s upcoming production Chicago Fire.
With Rescue Me off the air, there's a vacancy for fireman-related drama on television. Could Chicago Fire fill that void? We'll have to wait and see. In the meantime, we have a couple of clips from the pilot episode, one of which focuses on the drama inside the fire department and another that gives us a look at a fire and an intense situation.
After a flood of renewals and cancellations, we now have our first look at what the fall will look like for network TV, at least as far as NBC is concerned. Added to the line-up are new dramas Revolution and Chicago Fire, along with comedies Go On and The New Normal. There's also a pretty major scheduling change for Community that doesn't look good.
Dick Wolf should be having a pretty damn good day, because of SVU’s triumphant return and because NBC is also giving Wolf Film’s Chicago Fire pilot a go. If you haven’t been privy to information on Chicago Fire yet, the ensemble drama will feature firefighters and paramedics living and working in the heart of Chicago.
Jesse Spencer isn’t sitting around mourning the cancellation of House. He’s already picked up a pilot gig, this time as another sort of life saver. Spencer has been cast in the lead role as a firefighter on the NBC project Chicago Fire. From a doctor to a firefighter, this guy sure likes his roles as dramatic as possible.
Monica Raymund won’t be spending any time on the unemployment line it seems. Just days after her recurring character left The Good Wife for good, she has signed on for a co-starring role in a new drama pilot for NBC. She’ll be one of the leads in Chicago Fire, starring along side The Vampire Diaries alum Taylor Kinney.