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Jesse Spencer and Taylor Kinney Heat Up Chicago Fire

Taylor Kinney and Jesse Spencer

House's Jesse Spencer trades in his scrubs and The Vampire Diaries werewolf Taylor Kinney declaws to play firefighters in exec producer Dick Wolf's new drama Chicago Fire. Here, the calendar-ready stars tell us what makes life in Firehouse 51 so hot.

TV Guide Magazine: Jesse, after eight seasons on House, how does it feel to ditch the medical jargon for firefighting derring-do?
Spencer:
House was a great show, but very... read more

Chicago Fire's Jesse Spencer on "Invigorating" Stunts and His Failed Run in the Burn Room

Jesse Spencer

Warning: Jesse Spencer may play a firefighter on TV, but in case of an emergency, it's probably best to call in the real guys.

"I failed. I killed the [dummy] baby," Spencer tells TVGuide.com of one of his recent practice runs at the Chicago Fire Academy. "I didn't find the dummy baby on the top bunk because I didn't know there was a top bunk and I led all my firefighters into a broom closet instead of an exit."

The run-through is just one of several types of training Spencer has had to go through to gear up for the part of Chicago firefighter Lt. Matthew Casey on Dick Wolf's new drama, Chicago Fire, which premieres Wednesday at 10/9c on NBC. The hour-long ensemble series follows... read more

Weekend TV: New Steel Magnolias, Simpsons' Halloween Special, PBS Goes Upstairs

Steel Magolias

Is there a more perfect Lifetime movie property than Steel Magnolias? This tragicomic celebration of female bonding through gossipy good times and bad, all while getting their hair done at Truvy's Beauty Spot in suburban Louisiana, has been a crowd-pleaser since its first incarnation as an off-Broadway stage play (my preferred version, where the men are kept entirely offstage). The epitome of a leave-'em-laughing-while-weeping heart-warmer, Magnolias reached its pop-cultural apex in the all-star 1989 film version, but its can't-miss universality is underscored in Lifetime's oddly genteel but ultimately affecting new TV-movie (Sunday, 9/8c), whose big twist is in the casting of an all African-American ensemble. read more

Exclusive Sneak Peek From Dick Wolf's Chicago Fire: Will the Team Make It Out Alive?

Chicago Fire

Day in and day out, firefighters like the team from Chicago Fire's Firehouse 51 are asked to put their lives on the line to save others. But after a tragedy takes one of their own, will the team be able to survive a deadly blaze — and one particularly nasty fall?

Law & Order boss Dick Wolf: Chicago Fire is not a fire-of-the-week show

In this exclusive sneak peek from... read more

Walking Dead's Jeffrey DeMunn to Guest on NBC's Chicago Fire

Jeffrey DeMunn

The Walking Dead's Jeffrey DeMunn lives!

DeMunn will guest-star on NBC's upcoming drama Chicago Fire, Entertainment Weekly reports.

From Law & Order's Dick Wolf, Chicago Fire tells the story of the complex and heroic men and women of the Chicago Fire Department. DeMunn will portray... read more

Critic's TCA Notebook: NBC Still Awaiting a Revolution

Revolution

It would be nice to hope, as NBC does, that the ratings magnet of the Summer Olympics, opening Friday, will somehow magically transform the network's sagging fortunes with its "incredible promotional platform" (as NBC Chairman Bob Greenblatt put it). To that end, NBC will sneak-peek two of its new comedies with commercial-free premieres on pivotal nights of the games, and tease a high-profile new drama on another. Much of NBC's fall lineup will launch ahead of the official premiere week in late September, in hopes of capitalizing on the momentum the Olympics provides.

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Law & Order Boss Dick Wolf: Chicago Fire Is Not a Fire-of-the-Week Show

Chicago Fire

He's one of the godfathers of network procedural dramas, but Law & Order creator Dick Wolf insists his new show, Chicago Fire, is not just a fire-of-the-week series.

"It's not. It's a character study about people who do things that you can't .... read more

USA Developing Shows From Kelsey Grammer, Dick Wolf and Mark Burnett

Kelsey Grammer

USA is developing 12 new series, including a comedy executive-produced by Kelsey Grammer and a drama from Dick Wolf and Peter Jankowski.
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NBC Orders Jekyll and Hyde Drama Do No Harm, Mystery Infamous to Series

Steve Pasquale, Meagan Good

For its upcoming fall season, NBC has ordered two more dramas: the Jekyll and Hyde-inspired Do No Harm and mystery Infamous (formerly Notorious), TVGuide.com has learned... read more

NBC Orders Jimmy Fallon Comedy Guys With Kids to Series

Jimmy Fallon

NBC has ordered Jimmy Fallon's Guys With Kids to series, TVGuide.com has confirmed.

NBC Orders Dick Wolf's Chicago Fire to Series

In the comedy, three thirtysomething guys... read more

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