Flailing NBC is in desperate need of hits, so it's not hard to believe a Deadline.com story Wednesday about the network eyeing a possible "Chicago Fire" spinoff.
Deadline's Nellie Andreeva reported that "details are sketchy, but I hear the proposed spinoff is also a Chicago-set procedural about another Public Safety division, the police." She went on to write that "word is that the new show would start off as a planted spinoff with 'Chicago Fire's' first season finale directed by Joe Chappelle. It is still being sorted out which 'Chicago Fire' actors may transfer to the spinoff series."
When reached Wednesday to comment on the Deadline.com report, an NBC spokesperson for the show said "we aren't able to comment on that at this time."
I have to admit I wasn't a big fan of "Chicago Fire" when it debuted last fall. It looked like another procedural with a bunch of pretty people pulling folks out of flames. But the show has grown on me over time. The ensemble has gelled nicely, it has a fair bit of humor and it does a good job showcasing different parts of the city.
The season finale is set for 9 p.m. May 15.