5. One Chicago needs Chicago Med
Without Chicago Med, there would be a huge hole in the One Chicago franchise. We’ve already seen with the cancellation of Chicago Justice how the world has suffered; there’s not been anyone there to provide a legal perspective on anything, and storylines like the reform arc on Chicago PD could have been so much better if we’d had Assistant State’s Attorneys on standby.
Taking away Chicago Med would make that even worse. Chicago PD and Chicago Fire wouldn’t have much of an avenue to continue their stories; they’d make their arrests or put out their fires, but we’d never see what happens to the people they save or be able to get important medical evidence or interview injured crime victims.
We’d just see the ambulance leave the scene and then what? And what happens when inevitably one of our cops or firefighters is hurt again? Do we cram that into one cutaway scene on Fire or PD? These are things that you don’t want to have happen off-screen. The medical drama is an important way to continue the story beyond just the crime or rescue call.
And that’s what One Chicago is about. What makes it unique with its crossovers and all of its related characters is that ability to tell a bigger, more complete story than you’d see on any other procedural. With only two shows left, you’re losing key characters and your crossovers are going to be the same every year.
Not to mention NBC would be getting rid of its top-rated scripted series on Tuesday night, which has also been the top-rated One Chicago series for several weeks this season. That’d be bad for business…