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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.
TV Line says the two will appear in the Chicago Fire season finale which has been set for May 15th. Chicago Fire started its first season a little weak, but grew in the ratings over time as the season progressed, earning a full season order about a month in. The very fact that the network is looking to a spinoff seems to point to the likelihood that Chicago Fire will be back for a second season.
Word is the spinoff will be in the hands of Law & Order franchise vet Dick Wolf, along with Derek Haas, Michael Brandt and Matt Olmstead of Chicago Fire. Scott Eastwood, son of acting legend Clint Eastwood, has been cast as Officer Jim Barnes – no character description just yet. He has mainly done movies, and appeared with his father in Gran Torino and again in Trouble With the Curve. This is his first TV series role. Tania Raymonde has a lot more TV credits than her new co-star, including Switched at Birth, 90210 and Lost. We’ll have to wait to see if any of Chicago Fire’s current stars head over to the spinoff to join these two.
Chicago Fire airs Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. EST on NBC.