NBC Lays Groundwork for ‘Chicago Fire’ Spinoff Titled ‘Chicago Med’

Characters for a possible new installation of the Dick Wolf franchise to be introduced in the spring

Last Updated: February 4, 2015 @ 7:42 PM

NBC is inching closer to another “Chicago Fire” spinoff titled “Chicago Med.”

An individual with knowledge of the network’s plans told TheWrap that new characters will be introduced on Episode 19 of “Chicago Fire’s” current third season, and could potentially serve as the basis of the spinoff.

NBC Entertainment chairman, Robert Greenblatt, told reporters during January’s Television Critics Association press tour that “‘Chicago Med’ is something that we’re just seeding into the system, seeing if there’s a show there that could eventually spin off into itself.”

To be clear, NBC has not given “Chicago Med” a pilot or series order. As NBC Entertainment president, Jennifer Salke, explained during TCA, “It’s a bit of an experiment to see how those characters come out.”

She added, “[Dick Wolf] had such a good run with the crossover episodes and created a world that moves around, with these shows that move around each other. I think it’s natural that he wants to create a medical component to that. He looks at will the paramedic stories and fire butt up against that? I think it’s sort of an organic way to sort of see if it feels like it can sustain its own show.”

NBC hopes to mimic the success of “Fire” spinoff, “Chicago P.D.” Currently in its second season, the police drama draws an average 7.2 million viewers and a 1.6 rating with the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic.