‘Chicago Fire’ Halts Production Over Positive COVID Tests

by Taylor Cunningham
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Chicago Fire has suspended production after several cast and crew members tested positive for COVID-19.

According to Deadline, multiple zones of the Chicago Fire studio have reported positive cases, including Zone A, which includes the actors and the crew members who work alongside them.

The NBC series was back on set following its holiday break and had resumed filming yesterday (January 4th). Today, Wolf Entertainment and Universal Television announced the COVID outbreak.

Due to guidelines set by LA and the NBCU Production Playbook, the studio will have to go through contact tracing before it can recommence filming. Sources told Deadline that producers hope to be back on set early next week.

Chicago Fire is one of many broadcast series that announced temporary production halts today, all due to the highly contagious Omicron variant. Most studios only expect closures of one or two days. But some shows such as NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles, told fans that they would not return to work until February.

Some other shows that announced temporary shutdowns were Station 19, The Rookie, and Grey’s Anatomy.

‘Chicago Fire’: Pelham Will be Sticking Around Despite Kidd’s Return

Now that Stella Kidd is back at the firehouse, the newly promoted Jason Pelham could lose his position. But he’s not going to walk away without a fight.

For years, Kidd has been focusing on taking over as 51’s lieutenant. But after a series of events, the firefighter took on a Girls on Fire project and went on the road to promote her work. Before she left, she was offered the coveted position. But she temporarily turned it down, thinking the job would still be available when she returned.

However, while she was away, newcomer Jason Pelham snagged the position. And in a short amount of time, he won the hearts of the firehouse by proving himself a compassionate leader.

Now that Stella Kidd is back in town, Chicago Fire fans can expect a lot of drama between the two in upcoming episodes—because Kidd is still determined to become lieutenant.

But despite her Gumption, Pelham isn’t going to just hand over his hard-earned job. And showrunner Derek Haas is assuring Chicago Fire fans that we’ll be seeing Pelham for a while.

“Pelham is going to be sticking around for a minute,” Haas told Fansided. “You saw Boden offer him the lieutenant spot in this episode, which puts him rightfully in the firehouse family now. This is a guy who bounced around through no fault of his own.”

“Getting to work with Boden would be any firefighter’s dream,” the showrunner added. “So he’s not ready to just skip on out of there because Kidd decided to return.”