NBC Fall Update: Chicago Med Premiere Moved Up, Heartbreaker Delayed

Chicago Med Premiere Date

NBC’s fall schedule will get a healthy dose of Chicago Med after all.

Originally held for midseason, Dick Wolf’s latest Windy City-set spinoff will now air this fall on Tuesdays at 9/8c — the slot previously earmarked for the new Melissa George hospital drama Heartbreaker.

Per NBC, George’s real-life pregnancy has led to a “revised” production schedule, one that precludes it from debuting this fall.

Chicago Med — which leads into Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris (and then, starting in November, Chicago Fire) — will air opposite NCIS: New Orleans, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Scream Queens and iZombie.

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32 Comments
  1. Sam Shaw says:

    This has to be the fastest television franchise ever. Chicago Fire is three seasons in and it already has two spin-offs.

    Although I guess Arrow is the same way. I guess television is just more desperate these days.

    • Jennifer says:

      No … it’s more “if it works, give more; we don’t have original thoughts anymore anyway” why should they try anything new? guess no one’s heard of oversaturation

      • SUSO says:

        The “Law & Order” franchise has been going on for 22 years and is still on air after having “Law & Order: SVU” (which is the sole remaining show) “Criminal Intent,” “Trial By Jury,” “Los Angeles” and “Conviction” spin out of it. The “CSI” franchise has been going for 15 years and is still on the air after “Miami,” “New York” and “Cyber” (the sole remaining show) spin out of it. Hell, the “JAG” franchise is still on air after having “NCIS,” “NCIS: Los Angeles” and “NCIS: New Orleans” spin out of it.

        So yeah, oversaturation isn’t really much of a thing for network television.

      • Patrick says:

        Studios have original thoughts/products all the time. Many of them are, at the very least, watchable. A decent number of them are actually pretty good.
        .
        But viewers won’t sample the shows. It isn’t that there are few original ideas. Its that the companies have learned that new ideas won’t be successful because no one watches them.

        • Mike R. says:

          Yeah, I mean as much as I prefer original ideas, the majority of them don’t take off. I can’t blame a network for going for what works and what is successful instead of investing in another season of a show that is one and done.

      • Dude says:

        There’s a difference between playing it safe and not having an original thought. This is a common overused excuse and it’s dead wrong. There are thousands of writers in LA and millions all over the world that have limitless ideas. Networks listen to hundreds of pitches every season. The problem isn’t that original ideas don’t exist, the problem is that networks don’t want to take a chance on something new that will likely fail (as 85% of new shows do) when they can greenlight something with name recognition that has a better chance at success.

  2. Nancy says:

    Why can’t neil Patrick Harris show take the heartbreaker spot? This is so stupid to delay CF

    • Wordsmith says:

      I agree that the CF delay is weird, given the cliffhanger ending that they’ll now have to resolve on the other shows, due to the shared chronology. On the other hand, maybe it will help to attract new viewers to the younger franchise siblings…

    • Dysturbed says:

      On a brighter note, the delay means that at the point in the season that we’d normally get the new for two weeks, off for a few weeks, then new again scheduling, we’ll get more consecutive weeks in a row. In that respect it is well worth the wait.

    • Mr. Tran K says:

      Take the blame on NPH for benching Chicago Fire until November.

  3. Wordsmith says:

    Heartbreaker’s delay probably has nothing to do with the fact that it’s the new drama that everyone is least excited to see, and is in critical need of 2 units of originality (stat!)

    • dan says:

      You’d think that NBC knew Melissa George was pregnant at the time they picked up the show for the Fall schedule. Hope she is healthy and there are no problems with the pregnancy.

      • yikes says:

        Hopefully she’ll learn how to do her American accent consistently during the break. Did you see that trailer? All over the place.

  4. livvy says:

    NBC should have moved up Chicago Fire instead and premiered MED in November. Especially since Fire ended with a cliffhanger involving some members of PD. It would have been easier to have them premiere around the same time.

    I really don’t understand NBC’s reasoning there.

    • Bwhit says:

      My thoughts exactly. I know a November premiere means less breaks but they so much hanging out there. Casey is missing, Dawson is pregnant. I read they might address it on PD but what if people don’t watch both? This change should have gone to Fire and not Med.

    • Marc says:

      I think that they don’t want to debut a new show in sweeps.

    • Reasoning? NBC doesn’t have a clue what reasoning is. If they did, If they did, they wouldn’t be in the mess they’re in. Thank goodness for Dick Wolf, or NBC might be the WORST network television station, and that includes Fox, The CW, and the WB, which had better new shows than NBC did.

  5. How will the move affect the narrative connectivity between the three series? Like, for instance, since Med was originally intended for midseason let us say episode 2 was a crossover with Fire. That plot would have been written with Episode 2 of Med airing alongside episode 15 of Fire or something like that.

    • Wordsmith says:

      I’m guessing they’ll have to rework the Med scripts, if they’ve even gotten that far since pickup.

    • Katie T says:

      I don’t think anything like that will be affected because going by twitter the creative team behind CF and PD have only gone back to work in the past week or so. So presuming Med have started at the same time it’s easy for them to juggle storylines to fit the time lines of all the shows and when they’ll air

    • Dude says:

      I highly doubt episode two of a new series would be a crossover episode.

  6. Mr. Tran K says:

    I think Chicago Med should do great in the 9 p.m. Tuesday night time slot this Fall. Blame NPH to benching Chicago Fire until November and I really don’t know if Heartbreaker is going to fail now that its being shelved until mid-season despite Melissa George’s real life pregnancy.

  7. Steven says:

    I’m excited for Chicago Med! Can’t wait for the Chicago’s to come back.

  8. Jeri says:

    I caught Chicago Fires Casey (the one with all the kids) on an old Sex & the City movie. Took me a bit to place him, hunky, foxy nerd. That voice has not changed,

  9. dj says:

    Thank goodness for DVR’s

  10. Sharon says:

    I’m thrilled to death. Am so looking forward more to Med. than Heart. I so love Chicago. Will definitely watch all 3 shows.

  11. Lorinda says:

    I watched the preview of ” Heartbreaker”; looks very good,saw preview of “Chicago Med” not that impressed. Not going to watch,never seen any of the actors before !