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Chicago Fire Review: Dead Zone (10×06)

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Matthew Casey is gone, and a new era of Chicago Fire begins with tonight’s episode. Casey has gone to Oregon to take care of two kids he wants to be there for, but Firehouse 51 continues to run as normal.

Teamwork made the dream work for the episode, as multiple firehouses were dispatched to one location, but they both worked together to save a man who was struck in the chest by a basketball rim.

The confusion was the biggest part of tonight’s episode. Hackers got into the CFD’s central computer system, and shut down all communications, meaning everything needs to be done by hand. Mouch and Herrmann had the most experience in doing this before, so they took the lead on this case. The entirety of Firehouse 51 was assigned to work as the sole dispatch for the whole city of Chicago. They set up the whole firehouse with phones, maps, notepads and whiteboards to organize where people are, what their emergency is, and who to dispatch to the location.

It was incredibly stressful to see Chicago’s finest not be able to help anyone, when they know that they could. They took the whole firehouse out of commission while the trouble was sorted out. However, a man who’s garage was on fire a few blocks away, inspired Boden to send Firehouse 51 to the garage, despite being out of commission.

Severide teamed up with Lieutenant Sieger to take down the arsonist that set fire to the church from last week. After investigating the scene it was clear that there was definitely arson involved. The pastor told Severide that Sister Montclaire was the only person who was not anywhere near the church when the fire occurred.

After talking with her, she gave them the name of a former student, Mosiah Adler who was expelled after lighting someone’s hair on fire. After talking with him, he said that he didn’t do it, and that the incident was an accident.

Severide went to the Archdiocese to ask about Father Anthony, and they were informed that he’s an old school pastor, and he stalled on handing in his parish papers in that had funding details on them, and those papers were burned in the fire. Headquarters knows there’s a lot of convoluted information regarding the search, because its the word of a priest, or a delinquent who was expelled. When going to the Father Anthony’s place of residence, Severide found the priest tied up with a fire underneath him, with the arsonist sprinting out of the firehouse.

Severide called the firehouse and they worked to send backup as quickly as they could, considering they could only work with what they were given. The team was able to take the priest to the hospital, where he was placed in a medically induced coma, leaving the mystery of the arsonist still wide open.

The hackers were taken care of, and the 911 operators were back online by the end of the episode.

We got a vocal cameo from Matt Casey, as he called Sylvie wanting to set up a call schedule so they can make their long distance relationship work.

I would’ve liked this 911 dispatch storyline to last more than one episode. I think it was intriguing for the firehouse to adapt to a new situation such as this, despite how little they could really do to physically help people.

It’s clear to me that Severide is going to take the lead from here on out now that Casey is gone. At least this church arsonist is going to continue for at least a third week, as this was teased at the end of the episode. I’ll be intrigued to see how long this case goes, especially because they’re using Kevin Atwater from Chicago PD to help in the investigation.

What did you think of tonight’s first episode without Matt Casey? Leave a comment below!

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Bill Wetherbee is a recent graduate of Wagner College with a degree in Theater! Currently based in New York City, he loves to learn everything about the TV/film industry, watching everything that's trendy, and analyzing his favorite reality shows, Survivor and Big Brother! Twitter/Instagram: bill__wetherbee

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One Chicago Shows Announce 2024 Premiere Dates

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Chicago PD Recap Season 10 Episode 16 Deadlocked

It’s finally happening—our favorite One Chicago shows are coming home to us!

Chihards, mark your calendars and get ready to sit down in front of the TV on January 17 because that’s when Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, and Chicago PD will make their highly-anticipated and long-awaited premieres! 

It’s truly beginning to feel a lot like Christmas… though I hope that turning around new episodes doesn’t mean that the actors will have to work through the holidays. 

Chicago Med returns for season 9, Fire for season 12, and Med for season 11.

Of course, the full NBC 2024 lineup will kick off on Jan 1 with America’s Got Talent: Fantasy League, which means they are wasting no time getting back into the swing of things following the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strike delays.

Law & Order franchises will have their moment on Thursday, Jan 18 with Law & Order: SVU and Law & Order: Organized Crime.

Part 1 of The Voice returns on Feb. 26, along with BC’s new Deal or No Deal spinoff, Deal or No Deal Island.

La Brea will air its final season on Jan 9, leading into the final two episodes of Found. The Irrational will also air its final four episodes starting Monday, Jan. 29. 

Quantum Leap and Magnum P.I., Lopez vs. Lopez, The Weakest Link, Password, That’s My Jam and The Wall currently don’t have a premiere date. 

It’s time to get back to the magic of TV! 
 

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When Will ‘Chicago Fire’ Return? Here’s When Season 12 Kicks Off Filming

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Fans have been patiently waiting for the 12th season of Chicago Fire, which was announced back in April by NBC. 

The network renewed all three of the One Chicago shows at the time, including Chicago PD for season 11 and Chicago Med for season 9. 

Typically, new seasons of the dramas would’ve started in September as part of the network’s fall lineup, however, production on the shows was significantly delayed due to the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes. The writers’ strike ended a bit before the actors’ strike, which meant that the writing staff was able to get back to work penning the scripts in October, however, things remained at a standstill until the SAG-AFTRA union negotiated a promising contract with the studios and allowed actors to get back to making shows and movies. 

Thankfully, with the strikes officially over, the shows are back in business. 

According to a Chicago Fire Extras post on Facebook, the drama set at Firehouse 51 will be kicking off filming on Monday, Nov. 27! 

 

And that means that we’re on track to get new episodes of the 12th season in 2024 as a premiere date has been announced as Wednesday, January 17.

With Chicago Fire back in business, it’s safe to say the sister shows are following suit—and we’ll have new episodes to watch sooner rather than later. 

CBS already unveiled its lineup for regularly scheduled programming, beating out all the other networks to the announcement, but if theirs is anything to go by, new content will be landing as soon as February. Some of your favorite sitcoms and dramas on CBS, including the NCIS franchise, Ghosts, and the FBI shows, will all be kicking off after the Super Bowl. 

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And the good news is that Taylor Kinney’s Kelly Severide is making a comeback after a ten-month hiatus. Back in January, the actor announced a personal leave of absence from the series, but fans are surely eager to see him back on the firefighter drama once again! 

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One Chicago Shows Score a Massive Renewal at NBC

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Don’t worry, your favorite One Chicago shows aren’t going anywhere anytime soon! 

As the 2022-2023 TV season winds down, TV networks are already looking to the future, and the upcoming 2023-2024 broadcast season. 

Per TVLine, Chicago Fire has been renewed for season 12, Chicago PD for season 11, and Chicago Med for season 9.

Fans will also be delighted to know that Dick Wolf’s other shows, Law & OrderLaw & Order: SVU and Law & Order: Organized Crime have also been renewed. 

“I’m pleased to continue my four-decade relationship with Universal Television and NBC,” Dick Wolf said in a statement. “All six shows being picked up again is the ultimate accolade to our incredible casts, producers and writers. I’d also like to thank our loyal fans who have kept our NBC shows on the air for what will be a cumulative 84 seasons.”

Renewals and cancelations are a big deal, with many audiences patiently awaiting verdicts for their favorite dramas.

Alaska Daily on ABC has yet to get an update, while FOX canceled The Reisdent after 6 seasons while renewing The Cleaning Lady

What shows are you waiting to hear about? Let us know! 

 

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