If you expected the third series that Dick Wolf and Universal TV have set in the Windy City to be any different than its predecessors, think again. Chicago Med is set to debut on November 17 on NBC right after The Voice and, as my video review above says, it’s a solid procedural for the network – no better and no less.
Despite changes in showrunners in the months leading up to Tuesday’s well-positioned premiere, Chicago Med is exactly what you expect it to be. With a ripped-from-the-headlines format Wolf perfected on the original Law & Order and has ripened over the decades, the hospital-set series is already scheduled for a crossover with Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D. and Law & Order: SVU early next year.
And if you have any doubt where you are with the show, a cameo by Mayor Rahm Emanuel (whose brother Ari’s WME reps Wolf) and an obligatory deep-dish pizza reference puts you right beside Lake Michigan. In fact, Chicago makes almost any show look great, and Med uses locations for maximum impact – literally, in the case of the “Derailed” pilot.
The dependable and diverse cast provides all the setup requires, and Oliver Platt is on board too as head of the Psychiatry department. However, if you are a big fan of the original L&O, as I am, one true bright spot is the return of S. Epatha Merkerson to the Wolfpack. Very similar to the straight-shooting role of NYPD Lt. Anita Van Buren the Emmy winner played on Law & Order from 1993-2010, Merkerson portrays the hospital’s chief administrator here. And of course expect the three-pronged Chicago world of Wolf to mix it up regularly – I mean, the Nick Gehlfuss-played Dr. Will Halstead is the brother of one of the detectives on Chicago P.D.
Ultimately, Chicago Med is eminently watchable network primetime TV that could have been on any time since the early 1980s. So check out my video review and tell us what you think — will you be checking into Chicago Med on Tuesday night?