NBC’s sleeper hit “Chicago Fire” has sparked interest at the network in turning the show into a franchise.
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NBC is said to be considering a spinoff of the freshman firefighter drama, according to Deadline.com.
The spinoff would also be set in Chicago and would be a procedural that focuses on the city’s police department. It’s being developed by “Fire’s” creators and executive producing team, and the idea is to introduce the spinoff characters in the Season 1 finale of “Chicago Fire.” The Deadline story does not mention whether or not any original “Chicago” cast members would jump to the potential spinoff series.
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“Chicago Fire,” which stars Jesse Spencer, Taylor Kinney and Eamonn Walker, has been by most accounts a winner for NBC, so capitalizing on its success makes sense for the network, even though it’s unusual for a series to spawn a spinoff before it has even ended its first season.
Then again, the show’s executive producer Dick Wolf (the man behind the “Law & Order” franchise) knows a thing or two about spawning successful sequels, that’s for sure.
“Chicago Fire” airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on NBC.