NBC officially delays One Chicago premieres until November

One Chicago will not premiere in September as originally planned.

One Chicago season premieres have officially been delayed nearly two months.

NBC announced today that Chicago Fire, Chicago PD and Chicago Med will return on Wednesday, Nov. 11. That’s about a month and a half later than the shows’ usual end of September premiere dates.

The news isn’t unexpected. Many TV shows, including the Chicago franchise, are just now getting safely back into production due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

With about a month left between now and the usual premiere week, and not a word about any of the new seasons or any advertising, it was pretty clear that there would be some kind of a delay ahead.

And less than two months is a relative drop in the bucket when fans of some shows are having to wait until 2021.

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One such series is the Law & Order: SVU spin-off Law & Order: Organized Crime, which NBC confirmed today won’t air until sometime next year (specific date still TBA).

Law & Order: SVU is also getting bumped to November; it will return the day after One Chicago premieres, on Thursday, Nov. 12.

For Dick Wolf fans, CBS has yet to announce dates for the new seasons of FBI and FBI: Most Wanted; however, an unscripted spinoff called The FBI Declassified will start on Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 10:00 p.m.

Certainly, it’s not good news that the Chicago Fire premiere date, Chicago PD premiere date and Chicago Med premiere date have all gotten pushed back—but the shows need time to write and film the episodes, so the delay is necessary and unavoidable.

The question now is what will that do to the rest of next season? For example, all three shows normally take a break from mid-November until January for the winter holidays. But if they’re not coming back until November, will NBC really pull them off the air after just a week or two?

At the same time, if they don’t it’s an awkward business decision, because they’d be running out new episodes during the holiday period where traditionally TV ratings are soft as people travel or spend time with family. Networks try to avoid putting out valuable new episodes when audiences may not be watching.

But that’s a choice they’ll have to make in a few months. For fans, we can at least circle Nov. 11 on our calendars and get ready for the next Chicago season!

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