The newest installment of the Chicago franchise has premiered, joining the likes of Chicago Fire and Chicago PD.
The show starts with a big accident to set the tone of a Chicago Hospital Emergency Room while presenting us the main characters of the show, the doctors and nurses.
I have to hand it to the showrunners for their bravery. Having a pregnant woman in the premiere fighting for her life and then maybe becoming “a human incubator” is not your everyday storyline for a first episode.
A show with pedigree everywhere: it comes from the likes of Emmy Award-winning executive producer Dick Wolf, and has Dick Wolf, Andrew Schneider, Diane Frolov, Matt Olmstead, Michael Brandt, Derek Haas, Danielle Gelber, Arthur Forney and Peter Jankowski as executive producers.
Bold and ever-capable trauma fellow Dr. Connor Rhodes (Colin Donnell, “Arrow”) is the newest doctor on staff at Chicago Med. Dr. Will Halstead (Nick Gehlfuss, “Shameless”), chief ER resident, is a trauma surgeon and brother of CPD’s Det. Jay Halstead (Jesse Lee Soffer). Halstead practiced medicine in New York for 10 years before returning to his Windy City roots and is the epitome of reliability, both in and out of the hospital. Dr. Daniel Charles (Oliver Platt, “The Big C”), Med’s Chief of Psychiatry, possesses remarkable insight into his patients and is off-the-charts intelligent in all subjects but his own personal life. Sharon Goodwin (S. Epatha Merkerson, “Law & Order”), the venerable head of Chicago Med, expects the very best from her people as she balances the tremendous pressures of running the city’s largest hospital, and always with a sense of humanity that allows her doctors to provide the very best care possible.
Dr. Natalie Manning (Torrey DeVitto, “The Vampire Diaries”) specializes in emergency pediatric medicine and is completely focused and dedicated to her patients, despite being in the third trimester of her pregnancy. Dr. Ethan Choi (Brian Tee, “Jurassic World”) found his calling in medicine while serving as a Navy flight surgeon. Currently on away rotation, he is a tireless yet impulsive doctor who is well-versed in infectious diseases. Fourth-year medical student Dr. Sarah Reese (Rachel DiPillo, “Jane the Virgin”) is a super proficient overachiever who has never struggled at anything academically, but who may soon find that, for the first time, she’s in over her head. April Sexton (Yaya DaCosta, “I Will Always Love You: The Whitney Houston Story”) is a smart, bold and intuitive ER nurse who is the lifeblood of the emergency room. She loves the action inside the hospital and is as loyal as they come.
Together, they will confront Chicago’s most critical medical cases and challenging ethical dilemmas with courage, compassion and state-of-the-art treatment. Inspired by ripped-from-the-headlines cases, “Chicago Med” will weave cutting-edge medicine with the personal drama that comes with working in such a high-intensity environment. Through it all, familiar faces from “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago P.D.” will intertwine with Chicago’s newest medical heroes.
The show is probably going to join the Chicago brand with no problem. It has a good cast, it comes from people who really know what they are doing in procedural television, and it has the chance to be happening in the same universe as two other solid shows like Chicago Fire and Chicago PD.
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