Chicago Fire’s Warren Christie returns in The Village tonight

THE VILLAGE -- "Pilot" Episode 101 -- Pictured: (l-r) Warren Christie as Nick Porter, Frankie Faison as Ron Davis -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC)
THE VILLAGE -- "Pilot" Episode 101 -- Pictured: (l-r) Warren Christie as Nick Porter, Frankie Faison as Ron Davis -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC) /

Chicago Fire alum Warren Christie is coming back to NBC in The Village. Watch the new drama’s trailer before the series premiere tonight.

While Chicago Fire isn’t on this week, one of its best recurring guest stars is when NBC premieres its new midseason drama The Village.

Warren Christie recurred during Chicago Fire season 3 as Scott Rice, an old friend of Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney) who briefly worked at Firehouse 51. It was a shame that he didn’t stick around any longer, because Christie is one of the most underrated actors on TV—someone who always digs deeper into a character than what’s on the page.

But One Chicago fans will be able to watch him in his new series, which follows This Is Us and has been described as similar to that show. Warren is a series regular playing Nick Porter, who returns after serving in the Army and faces challenges stepping back into civilian life.

He’s not the only member of the show’s cast who has connections to a Dick Wolf project, either. Sarah, a nurse and single mother, is played by Michaela McManus; she played Assistant District Attorney Kim Greylek during Law & Order: SVU season 10.

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And Patricia, the woman who helps hold the show’s titular apartment complex slash surrogate family together, is portrayed by Lorraine Toussaint. She recurred on Law & Order as elite defense attorney Shambala Green, and reprised the part during the backdoor pilot for Chicago Justice.

The cast also includes Frankie Faison (Banshee), Moran Atias (Tyrant), Dominic Chianese (The Sopranos), Daren Kagasoff, Grace Van Dien, and Jerod Haynes.

NBC has been looking for the proper feel-good drama to match up with This Is Us (remember last season’s Rise?) and The Village could be that show. It presents a very strong cast; if the writing is equally as good, it will be a hit.

One Chicago viewers will at least be glad to see Warren Christie, who was great in a limited capacity on Chicago Fire and now gets to be at the heart of the story. He’s a tremendous actor who will show audiences a wide range that he didn’t always get to tap into playing Scott Rice.

And thanks to him, McManus and Toussaint, there’s this fun fact: NBC has a show with a Dick Wolf connection on three nights in a row now (Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays).

Watch The Village trailer below and then tune in tomorrow night to see the complete The Village premiere episode. It sounds like fans of Dick Wolf’s TV series will find a lot to love in this one!

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