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NBC announced over the weekend that the network has high hopes for another Chicago Fire. The potential new spinoff is going to be set at a Chicago Hospital and will feature a staff of doctors, nurses and hospital administrators living and working in the city. Now the possible drama has found its lead.
This morning, NBC has followed the recent trend of renewing programming well before the end of the TV season. The network is also trying really hard not to be outdone. While CBS and Fox have gone and renewed a few TV shows, NBC has announced the renewal of 5 shows.
This week, NBC announced that it is considering adding a third Chicago-set drama to the lineup. That’s right, following the firefighter-based Chicago Fire and the police-based Chicago P.D., NBC wants to add an ensemble cast of doctors and nurses to its lineup. But could Chicago Medical move forward to series?
Grimm lives! People say Friday is a deathslot for TV, however genre programming seems to be an exception there, as is the case for NBC's Grimm. The underrated supernatural crime procedural has held its own on Friday nights for three seasons, and it's confirmed to get a fourth.
And just like that: everyone and their mother is getting in on the digital series game. First came the announcement that Jason Katims’ two stalwart series — >Parenthood and Friday Night Lights — were getting the tiny tube treatment, and now it seems that several other NBC series are getting the same in the wake of their series’ hiatuses, including Parks and Recreation, Grimm, and Chicago Fire. It’s almost as if the networks are taking the Internet seriously or something.
If you’ve tuned into Chicago Fire over the course of its run, there’s a good chance you’ve met the brash and unintimidated Sergeant Hank Voight (Jason Beghe), a cop with his own set of morals who has been pegged by the firehouse as one of the biggest bad guys in town.
A day ahead of their upfront presentation, NBC has posted their 2013-2014 schedule, which lays out where most of the new and returning series will air throughout the week come next fall. A few notable schedule changes appear to be taking place, including a move to Wednesdays for Revolution and a shift to Thursdays for Parenthood. Absent from the list is Community, but NBC did include it among the scripted series confirmed to return, so it will be back. It's just a matter of when.
Whether or not the lights come back on in Revolution remains to be seen, but either way, NBC won't be turning the lights out on this series anytime soon. Revolution was among the five dramas NBC renewed today for next season. Also set to return are Grimm, Parenthood, Chicago Fire, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
In spite of the lack of a Season 2 renewal just yet for Chicago Fire, plans for a spinoff are going ahead. NBC has cast a couple of the roles for the planted spinoff, which will shift the focus from the heroics of the Windy City’s fire department to its police force. Signed on for the project as of today are Texas Chainsaw 3D costars Tania Raymond and Scott Eastwood.
NBC hasn't quite finished rolling out their winter/spring slate, with Revolution and The Voice poised to return next week, and Hannibal set to arrive early next month. But the network is already prepping their season closers for the spring, and for some shows, the end is very near. That includes Whitney and 1600 Penn, both of which wrap up next week.
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.