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.
Executive produced by Dick Wolf, Derek Haas, Michael Brandt, Peter Jankowski and Danielle Gelber, Chicago Fire is set to air on NBC on Wednesday nights (10:00 p.m.), beginning this fall. From NBC's official description for the series, it looks like the focus of the show won't just be on fire fighters, but also the rescue squad and paramedics working at the Chicago firehouse.
No job is more stressful, dangerous or exhilarating than those of the Firefighters, Rescue Squad and Paramedics of Chicago Firehouse 51. These are America's everyday heroes -- the courageous men and women who forge headfirst into danger when everyone else is running the other way. But the enormous responsibilities of the job also take a personal toll. Big reputations and hefty egos, coupled with the pressure to perform and make split-second decisions, are bound to put squad members at odds.
One of the things Rescue Me did so well was give us a look at day-to-day life at the firehouse. Whether or not Chicago Fire does that remains to be seen, but this first clip does offer a glimpse of a conversation among the people who work at the firehouse.
The aftermath of a tragedy is an interesting place to start for a show. Tensions are clearly running high. But, can they say "bullshit" and "dickhead" on network TV?
Moving on, the above clip was heated, but this one takes that up a notch as we're taking inside a burning building where things get even more intense…
The cast is certainly pretty enough and there's the promise of scary moments when the lives of the characters will be on the line. But will it hold up as a series?