The actor has been recurring on the NBC drama since early Season 7, when the young firefighter candidate was taken under Mouch’s wing and then recruited to join Engine 51.
“[I’m] very excited Daniel is gonna be a series regular this year,” showrunner Derek Haas said in a statement. “Ritter has become a big part of Firehouse 51, and Daniel plays him with a sincerity and depth that always makes the room excited to write for him. Expect to see some big Ritter action in Season 9.”
Kyri’s full-time promotion isn’t the only casting tweak on tap for Season 9. As we reported in April, Annie Ilonzeh (aka paramedic Emily Foster) will not be returning as a series regular.
Fire‘s eighth season was cut short by the coronavirus pandemic, with Episode 20 serving as the unintentional finale. The show is slated to return for Season 9 on Wednesday, Nov. 11, once again airing at 9/8c, sandwiched between Chicago Med and Chicago P.D.
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