NBC orders early fall start for ‘Chicago Med’

Dr. Hannah Tramble (Laurie Holden, left), Dr. Will Halstead (Nick Gelfuss) and Sharon Goodwin (S. Epatha Merkerson) in the "Chicago Med" pilot. | NBC~Elizabeth Morris

NBC needs some “Chicago Med,” stat!

Deadline reported Friday that the Peacock net has tweaked its fall schedule, pushing up the launch of the hospital-focused “Chicago Fire” spinoff from midseason to Nov. 10 (the new date is Nov. 17) when it will air Tuesdays following “The Voice.” (The “Chicago Med” pilot aired late last season as an episode of “Chicago Fire.”)

That Tuesday spot was originally reserved for another medical drama, “Heartbreaker,” whose star Melissa George is pregnant, which is said to have prompted the scheduling shuffle. The series will now bow sometime midseason.

The fourth season of “Chicago Fire” will assume its usual 9 p.m. (Central) Tuesday slot starting Oct. 13.

The scheduling change means that when “Fire” returns this fall, it will have “Med” as its lead-in, as Dick Wolf’s dynasty continues to expand with four dramas on NBC. (His other shows, “Law & Order: SVU” and “Chicago P.D.,” stick to their Wednesday time slots this fall.)

Deadline noted that “Chicago Med” has been “quietly gearing up for an earlier start of production.”

The series has brought Andrew Dettmann (“CSI,” “Body of Proof”) on board as showrunner and recently signed a new series regular, “Arrow” alum Colin Donnell.


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