It’s rare when a show stays on the air for a decade, and yet, Chicago Fire has managed to do just that. It’s a testament to the writing and the deep ensemble of actors that the show has kept fans invested, and frankly, we don’t see a massive dip in quality going into season 12.
That being said, all shows reach an end point. NBC renewed the firefighting drama for a single season going into 2024, and many have pointed out that this is in direct contrast to the multi-season deals that the network dished out previously. Does this mean the show is nearing its conclusion?
Will there be a Chicago Fire season 12?
The lack of a multi-season pickup is definitely worth noting, but it would be much more concerning if the same single season deal wasn’t offered to the other One Chicago shows and the other major Dick Wolf franchise, Law & Order. All six shows were only picked up for one season, and given the huge ratings they still manage to pull in, it’s not indicative of a cancellation plan.
Rather, it seems indicative of a cost plan. Deadline reported that the network was looking to cut down on the costs of procedural shows like Chicago Fire, which would mean limiting the budgets of each episode, and the appearances of supporting cast members. Once again, this is not the kind of changes one would make to a show on the brink of cancellation. They are the kind of changes made to keep a show going for the foreseeable future.
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Dick Wolf issued a statement confirming his enthusiasm for what’s to come. “I’m pleased to continue my four-decade relationship with Universal Television and NBC”, he wrote. “All shows being picked up again is the ultimate accolade to our incredible casts, producers and writers. I’d also like to thank our loyal fans who have kept our NBC shows on the air for what will be a cumulative 84 seasons.”
So for the overarching question of how many seasons of Chicago Fire there will be, the answer is unclear because the show is still thriving. If it were on the cusp of cancellation, we’d have an end date in sight, but as it stands, we could be watching Fire for several more years.
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