“Disappoint everyone, but don’t disappoint yourself.” Says Benny to Kelly, who, despite sharing all the rough waters of a relationship and not landing up together, might not return ever for us to watch this couple and their ‘fire’ and ‘spark’ unfold. Chicago, while for a few, it is just a demographic location. To fans of the franchise, Chicago reminds them of Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D., and Chicago Med, all successful franchises one after the other.
With the SAG-AFTRA and Writer’s Guild of America Strike, there are chances this show has to suffer after 11 successful seasons. An NBC original, the show has not made it to the ABC fall releases as well. So, will Chicago Fire get canceled due to the strike? Let us find out.
Will Chicago Fire get canceled due to the strike?
Just like Mouch’s life and death in the plot remain a mystery for season 12, the show’s future remains equally mysterious. With the show not making it to the fall list of NBC releases, fans are curious to know if the show would return. The answer for cancelation is yes and no. Hold your horses, and don’t come to any conclusion yet.
Chicago Fire is canceled to return with its twelfth season for 2023, but it has not been canceled fully as a franchise. The show instead is rescheduled to be out in 2024. The dates and more announcements remain uncertain on the same. The WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes that have been going around for quite some time now are a series of strikes started by the writers, then by the actors to collectively negotiate with AMTMP- a body that negotiates costs and terms with all production houses in America.
The strikes that began earlier in 2023 have still not seen reconciliation as the AMTMP has still been manipulating the demands, and now the WGA and SAG-AFTRA have decided not to go back till their demands are met fully. This has stirred one of the longest-running writer’s strikes of the century. Only time can tell if this shall be sorted until 2024 so that our favorite shows can return.
The show was officially renewed in April 2023, alongside other shows of the franchise, but the strikes have led to no episodes or filming to put out a partial season at least. This will be the first time it has broken the decade-long record of not returning in fall. It has always premiered between September-November window and not compromising even during COVID-19 filming delays.
The show has asked some crucial questions that can be answered as a part of this season in late 2024,
- Is Mouch going to make it out of that surgery alive?
- Is Matt Casey returning to Chicago as Sylvie is not moving to Portland?
- Would Matt return to the Chicago Fire Department?
- Will Sylvie say yes to Matt’s proposal?
- Would Jesse Spencer, who plays Matt, be part of the show again?
Well not knowing the answer for all of them and waiting for the show to work its magic, we can say that Jesse Spencer has commented on his return and inclusion in the show. He told Deadline, “The potential to come back would be awesome. I’m always open to that but you know, the ball isn’t really in my court. I always told Derek Haas that if there were episodes that he thought would be appropriate for me to come back, then I’m totally open to that because I want to see the old gang and I love working there. But in terms of me coming back full-time or something, I have no idea.”
Derek Haas is the series co-creator, and the show has an 8/10 IMDb rating available to stream on Peacock. The show also sees other cast members apart from Jesse Spencer, like Christopher Hermann (David Eigenberg), Joe Cruz (Joe Minoso), Sylvie (Kara Killmer), and Blake(Alberto Rosende), amongst many others.
With so many updates but still no clarity on when this show returns, it is a bittersweet feeling to know that the show will return in 2024 but is canceled in the 2023 schedule.