One Chicago series to air reruns on March 11, and here’s why

One Chicago franchise 2019-2020 season key art featuring the casts of Chicago Fire, Chicago PD and Chicago Med. Photo Credit: Courtesy of NBC.
One Chicago franchise 2019-2020 season key art featuring the casts of Chicago Fire, Chicago PD and Chicago Med. Photo Credit: Courtesy of NBC. /

One Chicago fans will get episodes this Wednesday, but not new ones as Chicago Fire, Chicago PD and Chicago Med are all in reruns this week. Find out why.

One Chicago viewers aren’t going to be happy as NBC is not serving up new episodes this week, making it the second time in four weeks that the network has paused the season.

This Wednesday, March 11 will see Chicago Med, Chicago Fire and Chicago PD still on the air, but with repeats only. New episodes resume the following week in the shows’ normal time slots.

At 8 p.m. will be an encore showing of the Chicago Med midseason finale “I Can’t Imagine The Future,” which saw Dr. Natalie Manning (Torrey DeVitto) discover the horrible truth about her ex-fiance Philip Davis (an unseen Ian Harding).

While Natalie tried and failed to reconcile with her previous fiance Dr. Will Halstead (Nick Gehlfuss), elsewhere April Sexton (Yaya DaCosta) cheated by kissing newcomer Dr. Crockett Marcel (Dominic Rains)—something she still has not confessed to, seven episodes later.

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Then at 9 p.m. audiences will be able to watch the Chicago Fire episode “Buckle Up,” that involved Stella Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo) attending a firefighters’ conference.

Elsewhere in the episode, Joe Cruz (Joe Minoso) got inexplicably dumped by his girlfriend Chloe (guest star Kristen Gutoskie), but it’s okay because fans know now that the show has set their wedding date.

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Lastly, the 10 p.m. hour will be filled by a second broadcast of Chicago PD‘s episode “Informant” as Hailey Upton (Tracy Spiridakos) is shocked when one of her old confidential informants is murdered, and suspects that the killer is Hank Voight’s (Jason Beghe) own CI, drug dealer Darius Walker (recurring guest star Michael Beach).

So why is One Chicago off this week? There’s nothing nefarious at work, and no, it’s not because of another Presidential debate. The answer’s much more simple: this is a normal break week for the shows.

Every broadcast TV show shoots anywhere from 18 to 24 episodes a season, but the broadcast TV schedule runs a lot longer than that—from September through May, with only one extended stop in the winter for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

That means there are more Wednesdays than there are new episodes, so as a result NBC has a few weeks every season where they have to plug in repeats or take the shows off the air and fill the time slots with something else. In the case of March 11, at least they’re giving fans some reruns to watch instead of, say, yet another episode of Ellen’s Game of Games.

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One Chicago will return next Wednesday, March 16 at 8 p.m. on NBC. Until then, you can use your Hulu subscription to catch up on any episodes you may have missed.