One Chicago franchise preempted on March 20

ONE CHICAGO -- Pictured: "One Chicago" Key Art -- (Photo by: NBCUniversal)
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One Chicago fans will be further disappointed as Chicago Fire, Chicago PD and Chicago Med are not on this week; here’s why not.

Yet more bad news is on the way for One Chicago viewers. After two consecutive weeks with repeat episodes, all three series have been pulled off the air entirely this coming Wednesday, March 20.

Viewers have watched reruns the last two Wednesdays, while NBC seemed to be holding onto the remaining episodes of this season for the April and May sweeps periods.

But this time around, the network has preempted the franchise entirely to make room for some of its reality TV and special programming.

NBC’s singing competition The Voice is expanding to three nights this week. It’s customary for the Emmy-winning reality show to have a special Wednesday broadcast during the final week of its “blind auditions” phase.

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Thus, the network is airing an episode of The Voice called “The Best of the Blinds” on March 20; the two-hour show starts at 8 p.m. and will take the place of both Chicago Med and Chicago Fire.

The installment is a two-hour recap show, featuring clips from the previous six episodes and a brief tease of the “battle rounds” that start next Monday.

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NBC’s only original piece of programming that night airs at 10 p.m. instead of Chicago PD.

Buble! is singer Michael Buble’s latest variety special for the network; he’s previously hosted a Christmas performance for NBC.

And while it’s pretty far away from the holidays and from the fictional mean streets of Chicago, the special will probably draw quite a few viewers to the network, because Buble’s proven more than worth watching. Speaking of The Voice, here’s him performing on that show three months ago:

All of this means that it will have been almost a month between new episodes of any One Chicago show. The last new installments aired all the way back on March 6, but never fear: the drought is expected to end next week.

The question is, what impact will the long layoff have on the franchise ratings? So fans will want to be sure to tune in live to keep the numbers up strong—though they probably won’t need much persuasion after waiting some 21 days to see what happens next!

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