Dawson stresses about her upcoming firefighter’s exam, and with good reason – if she passes, Boden cannot keep her at 51. She learns about an opening at a firehouse in a neighborhood outside town, headed by the unflappable Tommy Welch. When Dawson and Shay drive over for an introduction, they receive a cold reception and Welch makes it clear that no one on the squad wants a female firefighter.
Another unwanted female makes a surprise appearance at 51 looking for Shay – her ex-girlfriend Devon who stole from her as well as Severide and Otis earlier in the season. Shay demands Devon return everything she stole, but softens just enough to agree to a meeting. Her ex hands over Otis’ “Battlestar Galactica” helmet and a small sum of money, all accompanied by a story involving her father’s spat in jail. Shay relays the story and the money to Severide – and he rejects both, accusing Shay of letting Devon walk all over her.
The rest of the station welcomes Clarke’s replacement, Rick Newhouse, a likeable fireman who seamlessly integrates himself into both the big calls that day – a wood chipper debacle and a scary dock rescue that requires him to assist Severide underwater. But it’s not Newhouse’s rescuing skills that pique the squad’s interest – it’s his side job as a “skip tracer,” aka a guy who finds people.
Meanwhile, Casey wants to find the best time and location to propose to Dawson, but Shay keeps shutting down his suggestions. More importantly, however, Casey needs to ask Dawson’s family for their approval and they’re all out of town – except Antonio. He tracks down the detective and requests his blessing. Antonio agrees – and the two hug, now potential brothers.
Boden and Donna meet up to discuss their potential next moves now that she’s pregnant. Their conversation remains awkward and, after some time to think, Boden corners her after school and blurts out a marriage proposal as their most sensible course of action. To Boden’s surprise, Donna turns him down. Still reeling, Boden confides in Mills over a cigar at the station and Mills advises him to take a new approach – be more vulnerable. Boden takes the advice to heart and, in his dress blues, blindsides Donna at the schoolhouse. This time he proposes on bended knee – in front of all her students – and Donna reconsiders. They kiss and twirl to the delight of her class – the chief’s getting married!
Back at the station, a call sends Dawson and Shay to a pregnant woman suffering though an awful labor – the baby is not waiting for anyone. The EMTs keep the woman calm and ready for a delivery on the apartment stairs, but as they proceed, it becomes clear – Dawson might not make it to her exam. Seconds after the baby arrives, Mills rushes over to relieve her. The squad races her to the exam – and the instructor wastes no time in starting his stopwatch as Dawson starts the test, focused and ready…
One Chicago Shows Announce 2024 Premiere Dates
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.
— Top 1% of Burzek shippers (@NBCOneChicago) November 20, 2023
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.
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.
When Will ‘Chicago Fire’ Return? Here’s When Season 12 Kicks Off Filming
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.
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!
One Chicago Shows Score a Massive Renewal at NBC
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 & Order, Law & 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.
What shows are you waiting to hear about? Let us know!
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