Chicago Fire has been pushed back to 2024. It’s unclear when in 2024 the show will return, but we know that the ongoing writers and actors strike have forced NBC to put a hold on production until things get resolved. The solution was to fill the Wednesday time slot usually reserved for Chicago Fire with reruns, but things seems to have changed once again.
TV Line reports that NBC updated its Wednesday schedule for the fall, and made some changes regarding the One Chicago reruns. Instead of airing during the time slot, the firefighting drama has been pushed up to 8 pm ET. This was seemingly done to allow room for new episodes of Quantum Leap and Magnum P.I., which wrapped production on their respective seasons before the strike.
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The constant tweaks to the NBC lineup may drum up concern that reruns will be scrapped from Wednesday nights altogether, but given the relatively small number of new programs that will be airing during the fall, it’s safe to assume that the network will be airing season 11 episodes to fill time.
The bigger question heading into the fall season is whether Chicago Fire season 12 will be ready to go come January. The hope was that the show would have time to air during the midseason, and thus release 12-13 episodes, but the longer the strike goes on, the less time the showrunners have to work on the new season.
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If the strike were to go until October, for example, then it’s likely that we won’t get to see new Chicago Fire episodes until May. This is taking into account that the writers and actors would have a relatively small window to work on new episodes once their demands are met.
If the show were to come back in May, then there would only be enough time in the NBC schedule to air between 5-8 episodes. We hope, for many reasons, that this outcome doesn’t come to fruition.
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