Chicago Fire hasn't had the easiest road to travel on the way to Season 7, as speculation about exits from major members of the cast and death have plagued the program in the past year. The show is moving forward in spite of all that, and just cast two fresh faces to help fill out its roster for when it returns this fall. Chicago Fire has added Annie Ilonzeh and Steven Boyer to the mix and based on each actor's character description, it sounds as though both will be exciting characters worth keeping an eye on this season.

Annie Ilonzeh will enter Chicago Fire as a paramedic named Emily Foster. Foster may be new to the department, but her intellect, confidence and easy-going nature will ultimately make her an effective recurring asset to the team. Variety reported Foster has a chip on her shoulder from her past experiences in her field but ultimately takes everything in stride when difficult situations head her way. Chicago Fire will mark Ilonzeh's first return to television since last year, where she had a small role in American Horror Story. Audiences may remember Ilonzeh from several of her past projects, which include shows like Arrow, General Hospital, and Empire.

Steven Boyer will up his NBC presence considerably this year, as the current actor on the true-crime mockumentary Trial and Error will also appear on Chicago Fire in a recurring role. Boyer's Jerry Gorsch is the new Assistant Deputy Commissioner on Chicago Fire, and he's only looking to move up from there. Gorsch is described as having a Napoleon complex, and as someone who doesn't miss the work of being a firefighter in the slightest. Gorsch is much more comfortable with a desk job at the headquarters, where he can avoid danger and the revelation that he may not be the bravest individual to have ever worked on the CFD. This will be the third NBC primetime series Boyer is scheduled to appear in this year, as the actor is also noted to have an appearance on The Blacklist as well.

Chicago Fire returns to NBC for Season 7 Wednesdays at 9:00 p.m. ET. For a look at what all NBC has planned for its fall lineup, click here. Those more interested in what's coming to television as the weeks wind down should head over to our summer premiere guide and see what's on the horizon. For more on Chicago Fire, check out how the show's cast reacted to the death of DuShon Monique Brown.

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