It's difficult to tell who should be more excited
The good news allows the
"It was really unnerving," Danielle Gelber, executive producer of "Chicago Fire," said Saturday by phone. "It felt like we were really doing well for the network. I figured we had a good chance to come back, but you never want to assume anything. That waiting period was tough, but we hung in there."
Spencer, on the other hand, claimed he wasn't too nervous about the show's future.
"I knew we'd get picked up and didn't worry about it," Spencer said by phone Sunday. "I already booked my apartment for next (season) without having the official word. That shows how confident I was, like 'We'll get it.' Our show has been very steady for NBC and done well in its time slot. We've built up a core audience over the past year."
For the film office, the news marks the first time a network series filmed entirely in-state will be picked up for a second season since
"It means a lot for us — most importantly, jobs," said Illinois Film Office managing director Betsy Steinberg on Saturday by email. "The spending a show like this does in just one season usually exceeds even a large motion picture. So economically speaking, the news of Season two is downright excellent."
"We never had the benefit of a really strong, impactful lead-in like 'The Voice,'" Gelber said. "We did have 'Law & Order: SVU' lead us in, but for the first few weeks, it was really touch and go. I think it was the third week when ratings really jumped. And the ratings never dropped in the second half-hour. (Viewers would) stay until the end, which was encouraging."
As has been reported in the Tribune, “Chicago Fire” could have a spinoff next season. The show would revolve around police officers introduced at the end of this season and would star
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