Chicago Med saved its best for last. The season 8 finale was a riveting hour of television, thanks to the developments within the Gaffney Medical Center, and the decision to have Dr. Will Halstead (Nick Gehlfuss) leave the city in order to start anew with Dr. Natalie Manning (Torrey DeVitto).
It was tough to see him go, but it was a nice send-off for a character that we’ve been following from the pilot. Given that Halstead is gone, however, and he functioned as the default lead of the show, some fans are wondering whether Med is coming back at all. Is it canceled?
Is Chicago Med canceled? (2023 updates)
Thankfully, Med is not canceled. It has been renewed for an additional season by NBC, and will be back with all of the same cast and crew, minus Gehlfuss. While the decision to renew Med arrived later than expected, and was only a single-season renewal, as opposed to the multi-season deal that NBC has dished out in years prior, it’s still nice to know the show will continue.
There will, however, be some changes. While the cast will remain intact, NBC has implemented some new rules as means of cutting the budget costs of each episode. The same is being done with Chicago Fire and Chicago PD.
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Basically, NBC wants to limit the appearances of supporting cast members throughout season 9, so that the cost of each episode goes down. This means that a character that usually appears in every episode of Med will miss 3-4 episodes, and the writers will have to come up with various reasons as to why they aren’t around.
Whether or not this will lead to a disjointed feel within the show remains to be seen, but we are both excited and curious to see how season 9 continues the overarching story. A return date for Med has not yet been announced.
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