Chicago Fire is one of countless TV shows that have been delayed due to the writers and actors strike. The firefighting drama was pushed back to 2024, and without creatives on either side of the camera working on it, there was a fear that it would not return until the summer or even the fall of next year.
Fortunately, there have been changes. The writers strike is coming to an end, and according to Deadline, this development could effectively save the 2023-24 season as we know it. Instead of having to wait until next September to get new Chicago Fire episodes, the outlet suggests that we could be getting them as early as March.
When is Chicago Fire coming back for season 12?
Deadline to various network executives, who laid out a tentative game plan for getting shows off the ground as soon as possible. They explained that drama shows would take eight to 10 weeks to get back in the swing of production, and comedies would take six to eight weeks. There may also be slight tweaks to scheduling, in that work days during the holidays would be extended to get as much done as possible before the New Year.
The most exciting part of this possibility is that procedural shows at the top of the list when it comes to shows that will start production the soonest. This is due to the relative lack of special effects that a show like Chicago Fire requires compared to, say, Netflix’s Stranger Things. The same rationale would apply to the other titles in the One Chicago franchise: Chicago Med and Chicago PD.
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It’s all very exciting, but it is, admittedly, still early on in the process. The actors are still on strike, and until they too are able to strike a deal with the AMPTP, then cameras cannot begin rolling on any show. The next two weeks will be crucial in determining when we get the next batch of One Chicago seasons. We’re optimistic.
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