The three shows of NBC's hit One Chicago block of primetime went on hiatus back in November after just two episodes, but the end of hiatus is in sight with new episodes of Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, and Chicago P.D. on the way in the not-terribly-distant future. With One Chicago Wednesdays returning to NBC, the time is right to note when the shows will be back as well as where they left off last month.
First things first: One Chicago is coming back soon, but not before the end of the year. Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, and Chicago P.D. will air their winter premieres on the first Wednesday of 2021. You can count on all three shows getting back in action on January 6, with Med Season 6 at 8 p.m. ET, Fire Season 9 at 9 p.m. ET, and P.D. Season 8 at 10 p.m. ET. We're well past the halfway point of the hiatus, and we can start looking forward to what comes next.
Unfortunately, details are pretty scarce about what is coming with Med, Fire, and P.D.'s winter premieres, but where the fall finales ended can give some clues on where One Chicago will pick up in 2021.
Chicago Med's fall finale saw Dr. Choi get the good news that he would be the new Emergency Department Chief, much to Will Halstead's dismay with his stalled career and breakup with Hannah. He is joining the clinical trial of new character Dr. Sabeena Virani, however, which gives him some direction. April was working hard in the COVID wing, and Ethan is open to hearing what she has to say about his work as ED chief (which may backfire). Goodwin has been stuck at home due to quarantine, while Dr. Charles was dealing with family complications. Sparks continued to fly between Natalie and Crockett, and I'd be surprised if those sparks aren't fanned into flames in 2021.
The Chicago Fire fall finale largely revolved around resolving the potentially deadly Season 9 premiere cliffhanger and delivering some developments on the Brett/Casey front that had me flashing back to Dawsey days, and Brett and Casey definitely have some things to work out in 2021. Stella's career prospects are looking up with Boden and Severide supporting her, and her work with Girls on Fire continues to have a positive impact. Mackey had a brief period of doubt that Firehouse 51 was the place for her, which was pretty understandable since she nearly died almost as soon as she took the paramedic job there, but she's sticking around.
Chicago P.D. used the first two episodes of Season 8 to wrap up the plot that was originally set in motion for the end of Season 7. Atwater found a way to come out on top of the racist cops who were sabotaging him and his career, and nobody had to die for him to pull it off! (Although Rojas' status is currently unknown.) Atwater was front-and-center in the first two episodes, but Upton is poised to step into the spotlight to start 2021 with a job offer from the FBI, and it's probably safe to say that more is in store for Burgess, who didn't get much screen time in early Season 8. And a new character is coming!
One Chicago won't reveal for sure how the three shows pick up on where they left off until the winter premieres on Wednesday, January 6, starting with Chicago Med at 8 p.m., Chicago Fire at 9 p.m., and Chicago P.D. at 10 p.m. ET on NBC. For more of what's in store in the new year, check out our 2021 winter and spring premiere schedule.