Daniel Kyri will be a main cast member in Chicago Fire season 9.
Daniel Kyri is finally a full-time part of the Chicago Fire family. After two seasons recurring as Darren Ritter, the actor has been promoted to series regular for Chicago Fire season 9.
Ritter was introduced in the show’s seventh season as a rookie firefighter who got a boost from Mouch (Christian Stolte) after freezing up during a massive fire.
He eventually moved over to Firehouse 51 and has seen his role steadily expand since then, most notably forming a friendship with the house’s latest addition Blake Gallo (Alberto Rosende).
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Especially since Rosende was named a series regular right after he was introduced last season, One Chicago fans had been campaigning for Daniel Kyri to also get a promotion given how he was in so many episodes as a recurring actor and brought so much to the table.
Now they’ve finally gotten their wish; Kyri’s first episode in the main cast will be the season 9 opener on Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.
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There’s certainly no shortage of storylines for him as he moves into a weekly role. Aside from his dynamic with Gallo, Ritter still has a great friendship with Mouch and has continued to be mentored thoroughly by Christopher Herrmann (David Eigenberg).
In addition, Ritter is the show’s second LGBT character in the regular cast since Lauren German played Leslie Shay in the first two seasons and Annie Ilonzeh played Emily Foster until season 8, and adds another African-American character to the regular ensemble.
“Ritter has become a big part of Firehouse 51, and Daniel plays him with a sincerity and depth that always makes the room excited to write for him,” said showrunner and executive producer Derek Haas, per Deadline. “Expect to see some big Ritter action in season 9.”
This promotion is at least a season overdue, so it’s fantastic to see both Darren Ritter and Daniel Kyri get the bump up that they deserve.
Having him as a regular means more screen time to keep developing the relationships that Haas and company have laid out for him, and Ritter has grown from an intimidated candidate into someone who could become a leader on and off duty for the members of Firehouse 51. It’ll be exciting to see where he goes both professionally and personally when the show returns.
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