When will we finally get to see our favorite firefighters back in action? Continue reading to find out more about Chicago Fire Season 12.
There is no doubt that the beloved drama television series created by Michael Brandt and Derek Haas is a complete package filled with great action, drama, and selfless acts of heroism that keep us coming back season after season, leaving little to no doubt that the One Chicago fans have been patiently waiting to see when they’ll get to see the brave firefighters and paramedics risking their lives to save others back on the television screens.
Especially after learning how the events of the 11th season finale ended on a massive cliffhanger, the excitement has gone off the roof! So, if you are one of those who are wondering about the current status of the next chapter in the lives of our beloved professional and personal lives of firefighters, rescue personnel, and paramedics of the Chicago Fire Department at the fictional Firehouse 51. Then you’ve reached the right place to get all the answers!
Here is everything we know so far about when Chicago Fire Season 12’s potential release date is going to be scheduled on the NBC network.
Chicago Fire Season 12: When will the new season be released on NBC?
Even though the series was renewed earlier this year along with its sister shows, Chicago PD and Chicago Med, which was a rather quick move by the network, it doesn’t mean that the show will be premiering sooner than you think.
We say this due to the fact that the official premiere date of Chicago Fire Season 12 has yet to be acknowledged! Though there are positive signs 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 night.
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, the fans should be hopeful that things will go according to plan, and we urge you to keep a close eye on the social media handles of the show to learn about any new updates.
— One Chicago (@NBCOneChicago) May 12, 2023
Chicago Fire Season 12 Plot: 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. Further adding, “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 get 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 happened so far.
Chicago Fire Season 12 Cast: Who will return?
According to Deadline, after striking a deal with NBC on budgets that will put the series on the air for another season, One Chicago producers Universal Television and Dick Wolf’s studio-based Wolf Entertainment are also cutting talent expenditures. In order to keep budget expenses down, there may be a cast shake-up which will be disclosed later. So, the main cast members, among other recurring cast members who are speculated to return in the new season, are as follows:
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 told 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.”
That’s not it! Taylor Kinney might also be taking a leave of absence to focus on a “personal matter.” He didn’t appear in the season finale of the last season, and former cast member Jesse Spencer, who has portrayed Captain Matthew Casey, returned in a guest-starring role in Kinney’s absence for the season finale. Since then, no confirmation about his character’s return has been hinted at, leaving a slight chance that his character might not appear until the next season.
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. At last, 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 Episode Count: Will it be affected by the writer’s strike?
The word is circulating that the customary 22 episodes that the majority of series regulars on the three Chicago series are required to complete for the upcoming season have been lowered to 18-20 episodes.
Until any official confirmation, we speculate that the next season will consist of 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.
We would also like to highlight that recently, NBC Chicago reported disheartening news, as the report indicates 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.
We are hoping that this might not be the case so that the fans can finally reunite with the beloved Firehouse 51 crew for more adventures!
Chicago Fire Season 12 Offical Trailer: Where to stream?
We would like to highlight that currently, there is no official teaser or trailer for Chicago Fire Season 12 because the filming hasn’t even begun, which makes it way too early for the network to produce any new content. The production is reported to begin sometime in August once the scripts are completed, and the strike reaches a resolution to avoid hurdles. Until then, we encourage viewers to speculate about the storylines that may be explored to extend the One Chicago franchise for more seasons.
The entire three series of One Chicago are 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 (selective).
— Wolf Entertainment (@WolfEnt) April 10, 2023
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