‘Chicago Fire’: Why Dick Wolf Says It’s Not a ‘Fire of the Week’ Show

by Lauren Boisvert
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“Chicago Fire” is a unique show in that, as Taylor Kinney says, the city is a character in itself. In conversation with AssignmentX in 2013, Kinney spoke all about the show’s unrivaled perspective, and Dick Wolf’s vision for the show.

When asked what it’s like making the show in Chicago, Kinney replied, “Chicago in itself, that’s the thing, like [executive producer] Dick Wolf was saying, it’s not a fire of the week show.” By saying “fire of the week,” he means like a cop procedural, where there’s a new mystery every episode that gets tied up neatly in a bow at the end. “Chicago Fire” is different. It explores character dynamics and personal lives and shows actual growth and character development.

“The city of Chicago serves as a character in its own right,” Kinney continued. “Because we utilize locations where the firefighters that we have and the men and women that serve as guides in helping us along and helping with how you go about the job are locals and city of Chicago residents. So there’s going to be a feel to it that you wouldn’t get if we were to shoot on stage in L.A.”

Saying that Chicago is a character itself is so right; it’s present in every moment of the show, from the backdrops to the way the characters speak and interact. It’s because the show employs actual Chicago residents that it can et so authentic and real. It does have a different feel to it than most shows, because it takes the time to film on location and do that research.

‘Chicago Fire’: What’s in Store for Sylvie Brett and Matt Casey?

Recently, there’s been some news that Sylvie Brett and Matt Casey are going to see each other again. They haven’t seen each other since Casey left Chicago for Portland, and they’ve been doing the long distance thing. Signs pointed to a break up, but showrunner Derek Haas doesn’t think so.

In an interview with TV Guide, Haas said, “Yeah, they’re solid. She’s going to go see him at some point in the season.” Is this something we’re going to get on screen? Or is Brett just going to disappear to Portland for a week? Could Matt Casey be coming back for a visit soon?

It’s possible these scenes were filmed out of order, before Jesse Spencer left the show. In that case, it won’t be like a huge return for Spencer; technically he wouldn’t be coming back to the show, but it would still be nice to further Casey’s relationship with Brett. All in all, it will be great to have them together again, whatever way the show decides to do it.