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Chicago Fire Review: Fog of War (10×11)

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Tonight’s brand new episode brought an electric rescue, a radio contest, and a visit from home.

A call of a crashed car into an electric pole brought Firehouse 37 joining 51 to the rescue. With a lot of live electrical wires covering the ground, the two teams had to work together to make sure no one got electrocuted while they rescued the driver inside. This didn’t bode well for one member of Firehouse 37, McBride, who, after trying to restrain one of the wires, was hit in the chest by the wire, knocking her out. This was followed by the transformer on the electric pole exploding as well. This made Severide suspicious that the transformer may be faulty.

Severide and Pelham investigated the scene after the fact, and took the transformer to see what happened to it, and Pelham even realized that from where he was standing, there was no sight line between him and McBride.

The transformer was faulty and the investigating captain commended Severide on his work, and reference Lieutenant Seager wanting to work with him again, which Stella overheard.

McBride was diagnosed with a concussion, and claims that Pelham gave her an order to secure the live wire without the proper equipment, which Pelham denied. This lead to an investigation within 51 as to what happened and to contradict McBride’s statement. Stella knows McBride through Girls on Fire, and she felt that she would not lie about this. After bringing it up with Severide, he coldly brushed her aside.

Stella visited McBride at physical therapy, who was incredibly defensive on her stance against Pelham. Boden even talked to the chief at firehouse 37, who also did not take a full stance on the subject. Boden then went to Chief Kilborn, who has a vendetta against Pelham, and accused him of making up the accusations against Pelham. The episode concluded with Boden telling Pelham that the department has recommended that he be fired for this case.

Severide and Stella had yet another fight about her absence, leading Stella wondering if she is the perfect one for him.

After reviving that newborn in the last episode, Violet received an honorary award for resuscitation. While honored, she was a little nervous about it, considering she has a feeling Hawkins has feelings for her. Violet received the note from Hawkins, causing a little bit of jealousy from Gallo. Violet went to Hawkins’ office to thank him, and the meeting ended with them deciding that they should probably not see each other as much especially at work.

Tonight, Sylvie was visited by her stepdad, Scott, and her two year old sister Amelia, who were in town. The visit made Sylvie miss Casey, and it truly made me wonder how long they are going to keep up this constant reference to him, before the relationship ends up getting broken off.

Several members in the Firehouse worked together throughout the episode to win a radio contest, where the host gave clues to a “Chicago fugitive,” and who ever found them won $10,000. The clues were vague, and Herrmann lead the way to try and find them. When the team was called to help another firehouse clean up a scene, a civilian found the “fugitive,” hurting any chances of 51 winning the money.

The show’s next big plot is going to be Boden working hard to clear Pelham’s name, and keep him at 51, and fighting anyone who gets in his way. I think this will be interesting to see progress, as well as a great study of Boden’s determination to fight for his crew.

When it comes to the big relationships of the season (Stella/Severide, Sylvie/Casey, and the love triangle of Gallo/Violet/Hawkins), I feel like this show needs to pump the breaks with all three. I feel like the show needs to focus on one at a time here, because it gets a little convoluted. As much as the fandom has been wanting Sylvie and Casey to be together for years, I think it’s time to cut the ties, especially because Jesse Spencer is not returning to the series for the foreseeable future. I think maybe he can cameo where the relationship ends, and Sylvie can move on and build her Paramedicine program. Remember that? That was this season!

I do think that Stella and Severide will find a way to reconcile, as they really are the two big leads of the series, so I don’t have as much thoughts on that. However the Gallo/Violet/Hawkins love triangle should find a resolution soon. Part of me feels like Violet will end up with Gallo, because she is way more compatible with him, and she might feel like she would get special treatment if she was also dating Hawkins, which she would not want.

The show is headed in several different ways. I appreciate the balance of storylines, but I do think that so many of them could be trimmed down. I personally did not even care about the radio contest plotline, since it lead to a random civilian winning. It made sense, knowing Herrmann’s luck, but we’ve seen this kind of thing so many times with this show, that it felt a little stale, and I was looking at my phone during those scenes as the team assembled to decipher the clues. I’d much prefer if the show had its regular firefighting business, and then sprinkle in the romance since, you, drama, but sometimes I think we can cool it with the C plots of random stories that aren’t fully necessary.

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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. 

‘Chicago PD’ Shakeup: Tracy Spiridakos Leaving After Season 11

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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