Will Wolf Entertainment’s Chicago franchise continue with Chicago Fire? Here is everything we know so far.
If you tuned into streaming the finale episode of Chicago Fire Season 11, then we are certain that you have the same doubts relating to the potential renewal for another season as any other member of the One Chicago fandom who are also speculating about its future plans. If you are wondering the same thing, then you have reached the right place to get all the answers.
Firstly, we want to clear up the rumors about whether the series has been renewed or canceled. After the premiere of the finale episode, surprisingly, there were many reports and chatter among the fans suggesting that the series might be canceled. But right now, we can assure the readers that these reports are just pure hearsay circulating all over social media.
Much to the viewer’s delight, the NBC network has officially confirmed that the beloved drama television series created by Michael Brandt and Derek Haas will be back for a 12th season! If you have been religiously following the show, then you’ll know that the series was renewed for a twelfth season back in April 2023, along with the other two series from the One Chicago franchise.
This confirmation has cheered everyone up, and the fans are once again left wondering about the potential release date, plot, and cast, among other details, for the next season, which has heightened their interest more than ever after the way the series ended on a massive cliffhanger! So, if you want a comprehensive guide summarizing the new updates for Chicago Fire Season 12, then continue reading to find out more.
Chicago Fire Season 12 Potential Release Date and Time Slot
As of writing this, we can confirm to the readers that the potential release date for the 12th season hasn’t been disclosed, as it is way too soon to confirm such information since the final episode of Chicago Fire Season 11 was only released a few hours ago. But if we have to predict the potential release window, then it is expected to arrive in the fall of 2023, with September being the most likely broadcast schedule with the same time slot of 9/8c on the NBC network.
Moreover, there is a slight possibility that the show might not even return to the television screens this year! We say this because many major writers’ rooms have been on strike for a while, which can impact their production and delay the premiere for major studio networks. Until there is a proper resolution made for the writers to resume the work, there is a chance that the show creators might just aim for release next year in order to start the production process without any hurdles.
In the meantime, the fans should wait patiently, stream the whole series if they haven’t already, and pray for the best outcome! Also, take a look at the official renewal announcement as shared by Wolf Entertainment, below:
— Wolf Entertainment (@WolfEnt) April 10, 2023
Chicago Fire Season 12: What to expect from the new season?
Right now, it is way too early to predict future storylines, but we are certain that the new season is likely to elaborate on 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. The official description of the series states:
As the firefighters, rescue squad, and paramedics of Chicago Firehouse 51 forge headfirst into danger, the choices they make can mean the difference between life and death. But from the relentless pressure of saving lives, an extended family is forged. Led by Chief Wallace Boden, Matthew Casey, Kelly Severide, and the others know – when it’s time, Firehouse 51 lays it all on the line for each other. This high-octane drama from Executive Producer Dick Wolf offers an edge-of-your-seat view into the lives of everyday heroes committed to one of America’s noblest professions.
“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 waits for life-changing news and that Herrmann encounters a psychic with a grave warning on a call. Kidd finds a new lead on the Homeland Security case. Take a look at the official promo of the episode to recall what has transpired so far.
Chicago Fire Season 12 Cast and Crew
The main 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.
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.
On the other hand, the fans want Jesse Spencer to return as Matt Casey in the new season after seeing him return for a short cameo in the present season. “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.”
“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.”
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.
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. On the other hand, 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.
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.
— One Chicago (@NBCOneChicago) May 12, 2023
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