On October 2, NBC introduced its new drama series Chicago Fire with a grand Red Carpet Screening Event attended by the series’ stars and celebrity guests. Chicago Fire will premiere Wednesday, Oct. 10 (10 pm ET/PT) on NBC.
The Chicago Fire world premiere screening, held at the Chicago History Museum, honored the close connection that has developed between the cast and real Chicago firefighters during filming in Chicago. Guests included more than 350 Chicago firefighters, who were identified with red ribbons showing they are 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and even 4th generation firefighters. Celebrity guests included Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who makes a cameo appearance in the series' opening episode.
Produced by Emmy Award-winning Law & Order creator Dick Wolf, the show, shot on location in and around Chicago, follows the lives of firefighters and paramedics working in a west-side firehouse. Executive producer Wolf says it is not a “fire of the week show….This is a canvas on which to put really interesting characters who will interact with each other, whose personal lives we will follow, and whose work lives are the intersection point but not the reason to watch the show.”
Chicago Fire shows the real world of the firefighters; to ensure this happens, Chicago Fire Department Deputy District Chief Steve Chikerotis is a technical consultant to the show, and off-duty Chicago Fire Department members are advisors and extras. To prepare for the series, stars Jesse Spencer, Taylor Kinney, and the rest of the cast trained with the Chicago Fire Department. They practiced with actual equipment and learned to use and maneuver in the 50 pounds of authentic gear that constitute the real uniforms, which they wear on-duty whenever they leave the firehouse. Chicago Fire co-creator Derek Haas says the real Chicago firefighters employed as extras make the cast and crew “realize with every scene you want to make these guys proud.”
Watch closely on October 10 – In “Chicago Fire” the action doesn’t stop, yet there is a lot of information to take in about Firehouse 51: Will the “new guy” fit in? Who is at fault for the death of a firefighter? Why does another firefighter lose his house to the bank? An engagement is broken – or is it? Personal details and relationship shifts in are revealed in quiet moments between rescues of men in a shooting, a child whose heart stops, two children in a burning building and dealing with a frightening 5-alarm fire.
The “Chicago Fire” ensemble cast includes Taylor Kinney, Jesse Spencer, Charlie Barnett, Monica Raymund, Lauren German, Eamonn Walker, Teri Reeves, David Eigenberg, Randy Flagler, Joe Minoso, Christian Stolte and Yuri Sardarov.
The series premieres on NBC on October 10 at 9:00 p,m. CST. Click here to learn more and see the exciting sneak preview of the pilot on line: http://www.nbc.com/chicago-fire/video/pilot/1419207/
Photos by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC