It was only a matter of time. The SAG-AFTRA strike, which recently led to all major films and TV shows being halted, has led NBC to radically alter its lineup for the fall of 2023. What was formerly a slate consisting of scripted franchises like One Chicago and Law & Order has been changed to emphasize reality TV and reruns.
Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, and Chicago Med will be delayed to 2024, which not only means that fans will have to wait longer to get new episodes, but they will likely be getting less episodes. The mid-season premiere generally means that a show will be given half the amount of episodes that a regular season is afforded, so the upcoming seasons of Fire, PD and Med will be half the length of their predecessors.
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These changes are not only due to the fact that the writers and actors are striking, but the very understandable issue of there not being enough time to produce a whole season when they do eventually come back.
TV Line reports that Magnum P.I. and Quantum Leap, shows that were filmed ahead of the dual strikes, have been moved up from their original mid-season slot to occupy the empty slots in the fall schedule. Magnum P.I. is in its fifth and final season, while Quantum Leap is in its second.
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While the delay is disappointing as a fan, it’s a necessary sacrifice. The writers and actors are currently negotiating better working conditions, which we hope is honored by AMPTA. Even if things were to be resolved within the next month or so (which is unlikely), the writers and actors would have to scramble in order to make fall deadlines.
The result would be uneven and poorly rendered seasons of shows we love. It’s best to let them focus on improving their living wages, and then focus their attention on making high quality, albeit shorter, seasons early next year.
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