NBC announced today that Chicago Med will return on Wednesday, September 22 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT, keeping the show in its same time slot where it leads off the entire One Chicago franchise. The network is continuing to air the medical drama as the lead-in to its crime drama predecessors Chicago Fire and Chicago PD.
Details on what viewers can expect from the season 7 premiere, though, are still thin. Unlike the other two series Med did not end with any kind of massive cliffhanger; while it has some unresolved plot points there are no characters at risk of dying and no big questions left to be answered.
The show’s biggest issue is replacing Torrey DeVitto and Yaya DaCosta, who chose to leave the series when their contracts expired at the end of season 6. So far the show hasn’t announced any new main cast members but it seems like they’ll have to add someone to the ensemble since DeVitto’s character Dr. Natalie Manning was the show’s only female doctor. And will Maggie Lockwood work alone as the sole nurse, similar to how Dr. Daniel Charles is now the show’s only psychiatrist, or will the producers also be looking for someone to replace DaCosta’s heroine April Sexton?
Whatever casting decisions are made, Chicago Med will return for its seventh season with more of Steven Weber as Dr. Dean Archer; Weber’s character was named interim head of the Emergency Department in the season 6 finale.
In addition, Dr. Will Halstead (Nick Gehlfuss) will get his job back; though Will was fired, Gehlfuss isn’t leaving the series. He, along with fellow original cast members Oliver Platt, S. Epatha Merkerson and Brian Tee, recently signed new contracts to continue for at least two more seasons.
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