One Chicago has earned its reputation as the franchise that excels in well-executed crossover episodes, whether involving a single character or uniting all three shows for a major event.
The prospect of a large-scale crossover this season is still uncertain, according to the showrunners.
While Chicago Med show runner, Diane Frolov, anticipates smaller crossovers with characters crossing over from Chicago Fire, P.D. she acknowledges the challenges of orchestrating a significant crossover. Each show is navigating distinct dramatic arcs, making it tricky to find the right timing for characters to traverse between storylines. Frolov explained to TV Insider, “So it just becomes, when is it appropriate for one character to cross over into another [show.]”
The current season of Chicago Med has set the stage for various storylines, including Charles (Oliver Platt) observing his former patient Ripley (Luke Mitchell) as the new ED attending physician, Maggie (Marlyne Barrett) and Ben’s (Charles Malik Whitfield) marital struggles, Dean’s (Steven Weber) impending kidney transplant from his son, and changes brought about by the hospital’s new owners.
Chicago Fire is dealing with the repercussions of Severide’s (Taylor Kinney) absence in the previous season, and now his new departure and the impact on his marriage to Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo) and the entire team, Brett’s (Kara Killmer) wedding plans with Casey (Jesse Spencer), and Herrmann’s (David Eigenberg) injury and hearing loss.
Chicago P.D. has Ruzek’s (Patrick John Flueger) recovery struggle, and Tracy Spiridakos build up for her departure from the series.
These are complicated storylines that all need to culminate within a shortened season due to the strike.
Schneider notes, “And the production schedule is shortened, so it’s harder to schedule the actors in, but it’s something we always try to do.” Despite the challenges, the One Chicago team remains committed to creating crossover moments whenever feasible.
While Frolov is certain they’ll have those smaller crossovers, with characters coming over from Chicago Fire and P.D., “as far as a big crossover, it’s being talked about, but it’s difficult because each show is in a different dramatic place in a way that characters are involved in their stories,” she explains to TV Insider.
Watch One Chicago Wednesday on NBC.
Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D. and Chicago Med are produced by Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group, in association with Wolf Entertainment. Filmed at Cinespace Chicago Film Studio.