Fredric Lehne Chicago Fire

TVLine Items: New Chicago Fire Chief, Megan Hilty on TV Land and More

The members of Firehouse 51 might not want to get too comfortable when Chicago Fire returns — at least, not if Fredric Lehne has his way.

The ubiquitous TV actor will recur on Season 4 of the NBC drama as Deputy District Chief Ray Riddle, a gruff, politically savvy fire chief above Boden.

According to, Riddle is gunning for the Fire Commissioner position — and he doesn’t care if Firehouse 51 becomes collateral damage along the way.

Lehne’s many TV credits include Law & Order: SVU, American Horror Story and Supernatural, as well as the upcoming TNT drama Public Morals.

Chicago Fire returns Tuesday, Oct. 13, at 10/9c.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* Smash alumna Megan Hilty will co-star in I Shudder, TV Land’s dark comedy pilot starring Hamish Lanklater (The New Adventures of Old Christine) as Elyot Vionnet, a meticulous man who gives unsolicited advice to those who lack manners and common decency. Per The Hollywood Reporter, Hilty will play Sara Morelle, the demanding mother of Stella, an 11-year-old girl with whom Elyot teams to rid the world of tactless people.

* Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 8, Comedy Central’s @midnight will air at 11 pm, serving as the lead-in to The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore until Sept. 21.

* Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars) will appear as herself on an upcoming episode of Liv and Maddie that focuses on female empowerment, according to ET Online.

* Former Tonight Show host Jay Leno will guest-star on Last Man Standing‘s fifth season, playing a car aficionado who won’t leave Vanessa and Mike alone, reports.