Last month, we reported that NBC‘s top-rated (even in reruns) Wednesday night, dubbed “One Chicago,” would return on November 11.
Coming: Chicago Med has added Tehmina Sunny (who can be seen on The CW series Pandora). Sunny will have a recurring role during the show’s sixth season. Her character is another doctor who asks Dr. Will Halstead (Nick Gehlfuss) to lead her clinical trial.
Going: According to One Chicago Center, there have been no major cast shakeups on Chicago Med during the offseason. This could be due to the series eliminating three main cast members the previous hiatus period.
Coming: Congrats to actor Daniel Kyri who has been promoted from recurring guest star to series regular after playing firefighter Darren Ritter since season 7. Kyri has appeared in many episodes over the last two seasons, so fans can look forward to seeing more of Ritter with Blake Gallo (Alberto Rosende).
Adriyan Rae has been hired to replace Annie Ilonzeh. She is considered a main cast member as opposed to recurring. She will play paramedic Gianna Mackey. It will be her first starring role on a procedural.
Going: Annie Ilonzeh, who played paramedic Emily Foster for two seasons, has left Chicago Fire during the offseason. It’s reported the producers did not ask her back for season 9.
The door is apparently open for Ilonzeh to return during the upcoming season to give her character a final goodbye. This is not something new for the series as this is what also happened with Monica Raymund, who most recently has directed episodes of Dick Wolf’s FBI and Chicago P.D. crossover.
On-screen, Foster was last seen attending her interview to re-apply to medical school at Northwestern.
There has also been some unfounded fan speculation that Foster may appear on Chicago Med once she becomes a student again.
Coming: Sources say that new cast members—as in more than one—will fill Rojas’s spot in the Intelligence squad room. No one has been announced at this time.
Going: Lisseth Chavez, who played Intelligence Unit recruit Vanessa Rojas has left Chicago PD. This reportedly was a producer decision. Chavez only spent one season on the series.
The actress was originally announced as a recurring guest for season 7, but her option as a series regular was quickly picked up and she appeared in all of the episodes except for the season premiere.
The actress received a nomination for Best Supporting Actress from the Imagen Foundation which celebrates positive portrayals of Latinos in the media.
Chavez did not have time to apply for unemployment as she has joined The CW’s DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, where she will play Esperanza “Spooner” Cruz.
Ahead for Season 8
The report also states that there will be a season-long story arc with a recurring character played by Nicole Ari Parker of Empire fame as the new Deputy Superintendent. Parker’s character is named Samantha Miller, a transplant from Atlanta.
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SOURCE: One Chicago Center