The new One Chicago season is upon TV viewers, meaning that Chicago Fire is returning to NBC for its eleventh go-around. It’s a season where the series is evolving in many respects. Season 11 will be the first full season without Jesse Spencer, the first season with Stellaride as a married couple and off-screen, the first cycle to stream only on NBCUniversal’s streaming service Peacock.
These are a few important differences and a change of pace compared to Chicago Fire usually revealing one or two massive bombshells. To get the scoop on Season 11 and discuss what it’s like moving into this next chapter of the show, I went back to co-creator and co-showrunner Derek Haas for our latest conversation. Of course, the first thing for fans to think about is whether or not Kelly Severide and Stella Kidd will actually get to have much of a honeymoon.
“There are some killers parked outside Severide and Stella’s honeymoon cabin, so that seems life-threatening! This [Season 11 premiere] episode is going to be non-stop action,” Derek enthused. He’s also excited to write more of Severide as a husband and partner compared to the reckless individual he was in the first few years of the series.
“He has had major growth as a character for some time now,” he explained. “It’s actually been pretty amazing to chart that growth over many, many years and we feel lucky as writers to get to do this so long. Severide and Kidd are never going to be a boring married couple. They’re going to be a hot as hell married couple!”
Another unanswered question that Chicago Fire fans are desperate for clarity on is the relationship status of Severide’s best friend Matthew Casey following Spencer’s departure from the series. Casey and Kara Killmer’s Sylvie Brett maintained their romance off-screen through most of Season 10, but audiences have been fairly sure that won’t last, and Season 11 is going to resolve that situation.
“We will get some answers on the difficulty of long-distance relationships very soon in the season,” Derek promised. “We love Casey and Brett together, but Brett is going to have to make some life-altering choices.”
Behind the scenes, Derek and co-showrunner Andrea Newman are keeping the series moving along like a fire truck on its way to an emergency call. Chicago Fire viewers know that Andrea and her writing partner Michael Gilvary have been part of the series for a very long time, and Andrea continuing in the co-showrunner role for Season 11 is remarkable. Her working alongside Derek is the first time he’s had a partner in that sense since co-creator Michael Brandt departed the series.
“The coolness of Andrea has no limits. She’s a creative force of nature and a genuinely great person,” Derek enthused. “She lives, breathes, and bleeds this show. Also, shoutout to Michael Gilvary who is the butterscotch sauce to her cool sundae. That’s a terrible analogy,” he laughed. “I just mean that they’re both amazing to work with!”
Chicago Fire Season 11 premieres Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 9:00 p.m. on NBC. This season will stream exclusively on Peacock.
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