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Chicago Med hits its 100th episode milestone on March 18 with the Season 5 episode called "The Ghosts of the Past." The big episode comes shortly after Med (along with Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D.) scored exciting three-season renewal orders from NBC, but also shortly after Season 5 production halted due to the coronavirus. Although all three shows of One Chicago are presumably finished filming for the 2019-2020 season now, Chicago Med showunners Andrew Schneider and Diane Frolov shared with CinemaBlend that they're already looking ahead to Season 6.

When asked how the amazing three-season renewal impacted Med right as it hit 100 episodes, Andrew Schneider and Diane Frolov responded:

It was great news which allows us to get a creative jump on next season. The network's affirmation inspires us as we move forward.

The suspension of production due to the coronavirus does mean that the original completed vision for the end of Med Season 5 likely won't hit the airwaves this spring, but the big renewal news both guarantees a Season 6 and promises more seasons even beyond. While there are still questions about how Chicago Med (as well as Fire and P.D.) will end their seasons prematurely, Andrew Schneider and Diane Frolov's comments can reassure fans that the showrunners got a "creative jump" on Season 6 courtesy of the renewals. What a way to celebrate 100 episodes!

Season 5 of Chicago Med has been one of its most intense, with the massive three-part "Infection" crossover, Will and Natalie facing the consequences of the violent Season 4 cliffhanger, and the loss of two longtime doctors all happening in just the first half of the season! The second half has been packed with drama as well, with the Ethan/April/Crockett love triangle, Will's dangerous decisions with the safe injection site and Hannah, a hostage crisis, and everything going down in the 100th episode. What will Season 6 bring?

While it's far too early to speculate with any hope of accuracy about Season 6 (or 7 or 8), fans can probably be confident that crossovers within One Chicago will continue. Not only has NBC delivered an epic crossover event in the fall for the last several seasons, but characters between Med, Fire, and P.D. frequently drop by the other shows, sometimes for two-parters, sometimes for one-offs, and sometimes for cameos.

The three-season renewal presumably means that Chicago Med will be able to hit 150 episodes and potentially far beyond, assuming Med is still producing engaging stories in Season 8. Considering Chicago Fire is currently in Season 8 and renewed through Season 11, and P.D. is in Season 7 and renewed through Season 10, One Chicago clearly has what it takes to stay on the small screen in the long run.

Chicago Med hits its milestone 100th episode on Wednesday, March 18 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC, ahead of new episodes of Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. For the foreseeable future, new episodes of Med will continue on NBC Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET.

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