The third installment in Dick Wolf’s “Chicago” franchise takes the place of the soapy medical drama, which was planned to air Tuesday nights on the fall schedule, but has been pushed back due to Melissa George’s pregnancy.
It is understood that news of George’s pregnancy was a surprise to NBC execs after the upfront when the first trailer of the series was shown. Production on the show is being revised to accommodate the star’s pregnancy, as “Heartbreaker” remains a promising series at NBC.
Inspired by Dr. Kathy Magliato, George plays Dr. Alex Panttiere, an outspoken world-renowned stubborn and fearless heart-transplant surgeon in the male-dominated field, based on the real-life doctor. Alex’s personal life packs as much drama as her career. Dave Annable (“Brothers & Sisters”) plays her love interest.
“Chicago Med” likely won’t be needed by NBC until October, since the network planned to use two-hour editions of “The Voice” to serve as a lead-in to the early weeks of “Best Time Ever,” which will be airing at 10 p.m. on Tuesdays. Last year, “The Voice” aired from 8 to 10 p.m. on the first three Tuesdays of the season, meaning 9 o’clock-hour comedies “Marry Me” and “About a Boy” didn’t bow until Oct. 14 (the fourth Tuesday of the television season).
“Chicago Med,” which debuted as a planted episode in the flagship “Chicago Fire” back in April, follows the day-to-day chaos of a team of doctors in the Windy City. Oliver Platt, S. Epatha Merkerson, Laurie Holden, Nick Gehlfuss and Yaya Dacosta star in the series, which will welcome cast members from “Fire” and “Chicago P.D.,” as fit in storylines when the police and fire departments intertwine with the medical staff.
Dick Wolf, Andrew Dettman, Matt Olmstead, Michael Brandt, Derek Haas, Arthur Forney, Danielle Gelber and Peter Jankowski are exec producers on the Universal TV and Wolf Films production.
Both “Heartbreaker” and “Chicago Med” are set to begin production mid-summer.