Chicago Fire not only takes place in Chicago, it is also filmed there. Because of that, the city and their fire department are a big part of this hot drama. I spoke with Jesse Spencer at the NBC TCA Winter Press Day and he talked about that and the deep respect he has for them.
Ever since the Great Chicago Fire in 1871, the fire department there has not only become an integral part of Chicago, but also for the rest of the world. He told us that several of the firefighting instruments that the firemen use today have come out of that city. The Chicago FD is a big part of firefighters’ history and now the show is being welcomed in as part of their history.
The actors trained with them as part of their preparation for their roles on Chicago Fire. It didn’t stop with just the training for them because the firefighters are also on the set all the time. They use real firemen on the set and in scenes, and he said that some of them had an issue about the filming process. He explained when they are risking their lives to fight a fire; they do it for a few hours, go back to the station and get out of the gear. They are not used to wearing the 65lbs., yes 65 pounds, of gear for half a day. In a way, the firefighters have learned how tedious it is to work on a Hollywood production just like the actors have learned how tough, hard and rewarding a fireman’s job is on daily basis.
So what happens when they are done filming for the day? Do they go their separate ways? When I asked if he interacts with the brave men when the cameras stop rolling, he said, “We hang out. They have become our friends. We go to Blackhawks games and football games. They had a hockey game, and we went to that. It’s great.” Then he added, “They have welcomed us in. Which we are extremely grateful for that because you don’t know how they are going to react to the show that is portraying them and how it is going to be.” He ended his answer by saying, “They love the show. It is a win/win.”
Chicago Fire is a realistic portrayal of the city’s fire department and it something that Jesse Spencer takes very seriously. Because they have welcomed in the inspiration of their show into their lives, the fire department has done the same with them. How many other shows can say that? Even he couldn’t think of an answer to that question.
So watch how both of them play a role in each other’s jobs every Tuesday at 10p on NBC.
For the last two Decembers, NBC has done live productions of Broadway musicals. In 2013, the hills came alive with The Sound of Music and last year they decided they didn’t want to grow up with Peter Pan.
Today NBC’s Chairman of Entertainment, Robert Greenblatt, announced at the NBC TCA Winter Press Day that they have two options for their December live performance and they are The Music Man and The Wiz.
In the past, they announced The Music Man was going to be the one that would air, but they recently optioned the rights to Urban version of The Wizard of Oz.
Even though they are still 11 months away from the special, Greenblatt said, “we are actually looking very seriously at some casting options (for The Music Man.)” Then he added that the network just acquired the rights to The Wiz, and they might ease on down that road.
I am hoping they go with The Wiz because it is more modern. Well that and I like it more. I can already see Nick Cannon, Nicki Minaj, Lenny Kravitz and Taye Diggs as the leads.
Which musical would you prefer and who would you cast?
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Mariska Hargitay went to see The Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall and she got to kick it with them. As in she showed us that if this acting thing didn’t work out, she could’ve easily been a Rockette. Maybe she can’t be one on the stage, but why can’t they do an episode with them on Law & Order: SVU. I can see a heinous crime happening to the leggy dancers and her needing to pose as one of them to catch the bad guy? Couldn’t you?
NBC held Constantine until a week before Halloween and never gave the show the chance it truly deserves. So now Deadline is reporting that the supernatural comic book drama will only be doing a 13 episode first season. Even though NBC did not order any additional episodes, the show might not be out of the running for a second season. The site says that is still in consideration for another one. Personally, I hope NBC’s sister station Syfy picks up the show. They will give this great show the respect it deserves.
Seriously, if you love a thrilling supernatural show that keeps you guessing what’s going happen next, then you are going to love Constantine as much as I do.
State of Affairs debuts on NBC tonight at 10p and you want to spy on this show.
Charleston (Katherine Heigl) is a CIA Agent who lost her fiance’ in Afghanistan a year ago. She is not over his death and doesn’t remember everything that happened that night.
Her main mission at the agency is supplying the President of the United States (Alfre Woodard) a daily book with the biggest threats in the world towards the US. It is from this book that POTUS decides who and what to go after.
In tonight’s episode Charleston thinks it is better to save an American doctor who was taken hostage than go after the man who killed her fiance’. That man is Omar Fatah and he is one of the biggest terrorists out there.
When her boss finds out about this, he gets her suspended. She doesn’t care what he says, and she goes to the President herself. Will this be the end of her job? Will the President, who is the mother of her late fiance’, be able to help her out?
You will just have to tune in to this exciting spy political drama to find out.
NBC decided today that they are not going to order any new episodes from Bad Judge and A to Z, but they will air all the 13 episodes that they asked for according to The Hollywood Reporter. I get why they pulled the plug on Bad Judge (it lives up to the first part of its name-, but I don’t think they ever gave A to Z a true shot.
First off, they put on at 9:30p after the ageing The Biggest Loser and before the ending Parenthood. When are networks going to realize that reality, comedies and dramas don’t go? If NBC believed in these shows, they would’ve given them a Tuesday run after The Voice. It’s helping the unfunny Marry Me. Or maybe they would’ve switched up TBL and the sitcoms one Thursday to see if they did better.
It’s like they dumped them on Thursday night and forgot about them. Then when it was time to remember them, they said forget it.
Hopefully with two new episodes left to be filmed, we will find out what happened to Andrew and Zelda after they have been dating for eight months, three weeks, five days and one hour.
Debra Messing might have broken up with her boyfriend, but NBC isn’t ready to break up with her show The Mysteries of Laura just yet. The network announced today that they picked up the show for a full season. The news really isn’t a surprise because the police dramedy has been consistent in the ratings since its debut. The one thing that has changed since the premiere, is just how much better the show gets with each episode. To me, the humor of this show is what separates it from all the other ones on television.
So with TMOL getting picked up today, Scorpion, NCIS: NOLA, Stalker and Madam Secretary getting picked up by CBS yesterday, The CW’s Jane the Virgin and The Flash getting the news last week and Fox’s Gotham and ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder the first ones to get the bottom nine, that leaves NBC’s Constantine, Fox’s Red Band Society and Gracepoint, and ABC’s Forever as the only dramas that have aired waiting to find out their fate. I am hoping that ABC gives us some good news tomorrow when it comes to Forever, why are they waiting forever to order a full season from this show?
Constantine’s story debuts on NBC tonight at 10p and you want to see this dark comic book come to life. Constantine (Matt Ryan) is an exorcist and one of last exorcisms, damned a young girl to hell. He hasn’t gotten over that, so he committed himself to rid himself of the power. Even though, he is trying to get away from it all, the spirits still find him. So now he is back at work along with his friend, Chas (Charles Halford), who doesn’t know how to die and a guardian angel (Harold Perrineau).
Constantine is unlike the other dramas that started out as comic books on television and because of that is the perfect way to end your week. So tune in tonight and every Friday at 10p to see demonic world be part of ours.
Krysten Ritter was supposed to come back to TV in the midseason replacement Mission Control, but according to Entertainment Weekly NBC cancelled it today before it even saw the light of television. The Bitch from Apt 23 was going to play “the head engineer who leads the Apollo team at Mission Control at the NASA Manned Space Center” in the sitcom, but now it won’t take off. EW says that after Michael Rosenbaum left, they had problems recasting the roll.
When it comes to the show, it doesn’t like anything I would want to watch. So it sounds like a smart decision on their part.
Hopefully this bad news is good for their struggling sitcoms. I really hope that the NBC sticks with A to Z because it has the potential to be the best RomCom sitcom to ever grace our TV sets.
Tonight at 9p on NBC’s Marry Me, Annie (Casey Wilson) and Jake (Ken Marino) are going to get engaged and the show has ties to the actress’ real life.
David Caspe created tonight’s sitcom and he met Wilson on their past show, Happy Endings. Back when they were still dating, Caspe started pitching this show around. Even though they were not engaged at the time, he knew he was getting ready to pop the question. So he explained at the NBC TCA Summer Press Tour Day, “In an attempt to sell the show, because I care much more about money than personal relationships, all my pitches were basically saying like what’s great about this show is that it’s going to mirror my actual life because I’m going to be proposing very soon.” Then he added, “And then I swore all the presidents of all the networks to secrecy. So technically, Bob Greenblatt and Jen Salke (NBC Executives), they all knew I was going to propose before Casey did or any of her family.”
So did Casey say yes in real life? She did and on May 25, 2014 they became Mr & Mrs Caspe. Does Annie say yes to Jake? We will have to tune in every Tuesday at 9p to find out.