Why are Chicago Fire, Med and PD off until January 2022?

Chicago Fire, Chicago Med and Chicago PD may have only just returned to NBC’s lineup on Wednesday, Dec. 8, but eagle-eyed fans were quick to take notice of the fact that the date splashed across the promos for the episode weren’t for Dec. 15.

Instead, NBC made it clear that new episodes of its One Chicago series wouldn’t be coming until January with the series going back on a break after just one final episode of the year.

So what exactly is behind the scheduling move and when can fans look forward to the next episodes of NBC’s One Chicago dramas? Let’s dive into those burning questions now!

Why isn’t One Chicago airing new episodes until next year?

Although it might seem odd for the One Chicago shows to return after a three-week break only to head on yet another break in taking the remainder of the year off, it’s actually not unusual at all.

Around this time every year, NBC tends to send its fall programs on a break in order to make way for special holiday programs such as holiday specials and broadcasts of beloved holiday classics. This always includes its One Chicago series with Chicago Fire, Chicago PD and Chicago Med all taking a hiatus in the final weeks of the year before returning in January with new episodes.

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The only thing that was unusual about this year’s schedule was NBC’s decision to have the One Chicago fall finales air after the show’s had taken a three-week break, which makes the second regularly planned seasonal break seem that much more out of place to fans.

When do Chicago Fire, Chicago PD and Chicago Med return to NBC?

Although we won’t be getting any new episodes of Chicago Fire, Chicago Med or Chicago PD in 2021, the good news is that fans won’t have to wait too long before the One Chicago series return to NBC’s lineup again.

As announced by NBC, its One Chicago shows will return with their first new episodes of the new year on Wednesday, Jan. 5 with a night of premieres that are sure to deliver a lot of memorable moments — especially after those shocking fall finales!

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