Chicago Fire Season 12: When will it return on NBC?

Chicago Fire Season 12: When will the beloved One Chicago series return on NBC?
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Is the American drama television series returning in 2023 or not? Here is everything we know about Chicago Fire Season 12. 

There is no doubt that Chicago Fire is a thrilling television series that has captivated audiences for over a decade, which makes the fandom’s eagerness to learn how the story will progress further understandable, and it’s fair to say that after how the 11th season ended, many questions were bound to be raised by the die-hard One Chicago fans! It’s a complete rollercoaster ride of emotions, drama, and medical emergencies that will leave you on the edge of your seat. 

Hence, it’s fair to say that it has made the wait even more worthwhile! From explosive fires to heart-wrenching rescues, Chicago Fire Season 12 promises to be another unforgettable chapter in this iconic show’s history. So, if you are wondering about the potential release date for the new season, then, especially for you, we’ve compiled a quick rundown of everything you need to know about the official release date, plot, and cast, among others, before the premiere. 

Continue reading to find out all the details about Chicago Fire Season 12.

Chicago Fire Season 12: When will the beloved One Chicago series return on NBC?​​

Chicago Fire Season 12: When is it expected to return?

The series was renewed earlier this year along with its sister shows, Chicago PD and Chicago Med. Since then,  the official premiere date has yet to be acknowledged, but there is a positive sign for the fans to look forward to as the potential release window of Chicago Fire Season 12 is confirmed to be part of the 2023–24 broadcast season. The season will likely premiere in the fall of 2023, with September being the likely time frame, and it is expected to premiere every Wednesday.  

In order to maintain consistency, there will be a similar gap, and it will premiere new episodes at the same time slot of 9 p.m. EST, preceded by Med at 8 p.m. EST and followed by PD at 10 p.m. EST. We would also like to highlight that there is a high chance that the series release might get impacted by the ongoing writer’s strike, and it might eventually return next year if the filming doesn’t commence in the summer season, which usually starts sometime around August 2023. 

Until then, fans should keep a close eye on the social media handles of the show to learn about any new updates.

Chicago Fire Season 12: What to expect in the new season?

The series has been able to delve right into the professional and personal lives of the firefighters and paramedics of Firehouse 51 as they risk their lives every day to save and protect the citizens of Chicago. Though it is early to predict future storylines, the new season is intended to carry the story forward as Mouch’s life is in danger following a fire and an extremist threat. As Sylvie was considering adopting a baby girl, her relationship with Dylan ended and a new one began when Casey proposed to her. Stella decides to leave Chicago in an effort to get Kelly back. 

“I’m pleased to continue my four-decade relationship with Universal Television and NBC,” One Chicago creator Dick Wolf said in a statement. “All six shows [including the Law & Order franchise] 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.”

The next season will also pick up elements from the last season’s final episode, “Red Waterfall,” which was directed by Reza Tabrizi and written by Andrea Newman and Michael Gilvary. In the episode, the viewers got to see that Brett travels to Indiana, and Firehouse 51 is called to the scene of an accident. Stella notices something in the SUV and alerts Boden. Herrmann is taunted by one of the victims he saved and goes to a psychic parlor. That’s not all, after much anticipation Casey returns! Take a look at the official promo of the episode to recall what has transpired so far.

Chicago Fire 11x22 Promo "Red Waterfall" (HD) Season Finale

Chicago Fire Season 12 Cast and Crew

After Deadline revealed that the new season agreement with NBC needs the main cast to appear in fewer episodes to keep budget expenses down, there may be a cast shake-up which will be disclosed later, In the meantime, the main cast members among other recurring cast members who are speculated to return in the new season are as follows:

Taylor Kinney as Lieutenant Kelly Severide, Kara Killmer as Paramedic Sylvie Brett, David Eigenberg as Lieutenant Christopher Herrmann, Joe Miñoso as Firefighter Joe Cruz, Christian Stolte as Firefighter Randy “Mouch” McHolland, Miranda Rae Mayo as Lieutenant Stella Kidd, Alberto Rosende as Firefighter Blake Gallo, Daniel Kyri as Firefighter Darren Ritter, Hanako Greensmith as Paramedic Violet Mikami, and Eamonn Walker as Deputy District Chief Wallace Boden. 

Moreover, Jesse Spencer, who returned as Matt Casey in the 11th season finale might not be a part of the main cast as he stated, “The idea when I left the show was that if it was appropriate and it would work with the storyline they wanted to do, I would be open—and they would be open—to bringing Casey back,” Spencer tells NBC Insider.  

“The storyline [in Episode 18] does allude to Casey sort of eyeing whether he could actually move back to 51. Can he potentially, in the future, rekindle his relationship with Brett [Kara Killmer] and start that fire again? We’re ‘gonna have to see. Casey’s looking at it; it’s a potential thing, but we just don’t know right now. We’ll leave that to the future. We’ll throw it to the gods and see what they say.” 

These cast members are subject to change because the network may subsequently make announcements about other cast members who will join or leave the series. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens next. Moreover, the drama television series executive producers are Dick Wolf, Derek Haas, Andrea Newman, Michael Gilvary, Reza Tabrizi, Arthur Forney, and Peter Jankowski. Chicago Fire is produced by Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group, in association with Wolf Entertainment.

“We understand the emotional connection our audience has with these characters and we can’t wait to bring more of their stories to the forefront next season,” Lisa Katz, the president of scripted programming at NBCUniversal and Streaming, said in a statement. Further adding, “A huge thank you to Dick and his amazing team who are the masters of producing incredibly compelling television week after week.”

Chicago Fire Season 12: When will the beloved One Chicago series return on NBC?

Chicago Fire Season 12 Episode Count and Streaming Options

The next season has received a 22-episode order with a runtime of 42 to 44 minutes, which is expected to air on a weekly basis. It is intended to follow the same count to maintain the story’s flow. We’d also like to point out that the titles and synopsis have not been released. These details will be revealed once the release date draws closer to avoid any early leaks about the respective plotlines and character arcs. 

On the other hand, recently, NBC Chicago reported a bit of disheartening news, as the report stated that the ongoing strike could also result in seasons being shortened, due to the lack of episode scripts and the writer’s room not resuming their work until a proper resolution, which will eventually lead to production delays. “They could be forced to cut seasons short or delay filming altogether,” the outlet added.

The entire series is also available to watch on NBC’s website, where the episodes are published after they air on the channel. The show is also available to stream on Peacock, FuboTV, and Hulu Plus. You can also stream the series by renting or purchasing on Amazon Instant Video or Vudu, with a vast number of membership plans. The previous seasons of the One Chicago franchise are also available to stream for free on IMDb TV,  based on the user’s location.

Let us know in the comments if you will be streaming new episodes of Chicago Fire Season 12 on NBC or not.