One Chicago is a TV juggernaut, with three titles and a ton of great actors spread throughout. That being said, these actors took to the picket lines to protest for better wages and working conditions this summer. The protests were industry wide, and led to most of the scripted shows in Hollywood being delayed to 2024.
Things seem to be turning around, however. The writers were able to reach an agreement with the studios early in October, which means they have been able to get back to work and work on scripts for the upcoming season. Chicago Med, Fire, and PD are the latest shows to get back on the saddle but there are still some questions marks about their respective casts.
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The writers rooms for all three shows are back up and running. Variety has confirmed that new scripts are being written as we speak, and that we will be looking at abbreviated seasons for Med, Fire and PD when they return in 2024.
The actors, however, are another story. Taylor Kinney, Jason Beghe and the rest of the franchise’s cast are still on strike, and holding out in an effort to secure a better deal regarding, among other things, residuals.
This was something that was articulated by Chicago PD star Amy Morton when she talked to the Chicago Tribune. “I really hope we don’t give in with any concessions on residuals”, the actress said. “We probably gave up too much last time. I’m one of the lucky ones; I’ll be able to get through the strike. But most of my friends are screwed… If I didn’t have Chicago PD, I’d be [screwed], too.”
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A deal between the Screen Actors Guild of America and the AMPTP, or the Association of Motion Picture and Television Production, seems to be closer than ever. The Los Angeles Times reported that the two organizations have carried out two days of negotiations, and that “closers” have been brought in to expediate the process and make both sides happy.
Chelsea Schwartz, a SAG-AFTRA captain, told the outlet that there is still a lot of issues that need to be addressed before a deal is strike. “The WGA and SAG-AFTRA are fighting for different things”, she explained. “The WGA has some great points in their deal that will really help our negotiations, but we have a lot of other things that the companies haven’t even talked to us about in 81 days.”
We hope that both sides reach a satisfying agreement. As it stands, the faces we’ve come to know and love on One Chicago are still on the picket lines.
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