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CHICAGO FIRE (NBC) - The Dick Wolf-produced drama pilot - about the heroic men and women of the Chicago Fire Department's Firehouse 55 - has been ordered to series as part of a new overall deal with Universal Television. Said pact includes a 14th season of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" as well as the Mark Burnett co-production "Stars Earn Stripes." Derek Haas and Michael Brandt penned the pilot, which was helmed by Jeffrey Nachmanoff. The show's ensemble includes Jesse Spencer, Charlie Barnett, David Eigenberg and Taylor Kinney as the principal firefighters; with Eamonn Walker as their Battalion Chief; Merle Dandridge as the Deputy District Commissioner; Lauren German and Monica Raymund as EMTs who regularly interact with the group; and Teri Reeves as the estranged doctor wife of Spencer's character. Danielle Gelber and Peter Jankowski also serve as executive producers. (Deadline.com)
[UPDATED!] Here's NBC's official description:
No job is more stressful, dangerous or exhilarating than those of the Firefighters, Rescue Squad and Paramedics of Chicago Firehouse 51. These are America's everyday heroes -- the courageous men and women who forge headfirst into danger when everyone else is running the other way. But the enormous responsibilities of the job also take a personal toll. Big reputations and hefty egos, coupled with the pressure to perform and make split-second decisions, are bound to put squad members at odds. When a tragedy claims one of their own, there's plenty of guilt and blame to go around. In the middle of a divorce, Lt. Matthew Casey (Jesse Spencer, "House M.D.") tries to go about business as usual but can't help butting heads with the brash Lt. Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney, "The Vampire Diaries") of the Rescue Squad - and each blames the other for their fallen team member. When it's "go-time" though, they put aside their differences and put everything on the line for each other. "Chicago Fire" is a look inside one of America's noblest professions. Also starring are Eamonn Walker ("The Messenger"), Charlie Barnett, ("Law & Order: SVU"), David Eigenberg ("Sex and the City"), Monica Raymund ("The Good Wife"), Lauren German ("Hawaii Five-O") and Merle Dandridge ("Sons of Anarchy").
"Chicago Fire" is produced by Universal Television and Wolf Films. Emmy Award-winning creator/ producer Dick Wolf ("Law & Order" brand), Derek Haas ("3:10 to Yuma"), Michael Brandt ("3:10 to Yuma"), Peter Jankowski ("Law & Order" brand) and Danielle Gelber serve as executive producers. Haas and Brandt wrote the pilot, which was directed by Jeffrey Nachmanoff ("Homeland"). From renowned Emmy-winning producer Dick Wolf and the writing team behind "3:10 to Yuma" comes an edge-of-your-seat view of a dirty job that often means the difference between life and death.