NBC Chicago Fire, P.D. & Med fan rejoice! It’s a three episode, two evening #OneChicago event! In promotion of this event I was recently invited to join in a Q & A phone call with actors Colin Donnell (Chicago Med) and Joe Minoso (Chicago Fire). Both actors we super friendly and very generous with their time and answers. Unfortunately, my line went dead about half way through the call, and I was unable to ask a question of my own. Thankfully, I still have some highlights to share with my readers.
About the crossover event:
“Chicago Fire”/“The Beating Heart” / Airdate: Tuesday, Jan. 5
THE FIREHOUSE IS SHOCKED TO DISCOVER THAT ONE OF THEIR OWN BECOMES THE SURPRISING VICTIM OF A STABBING AND AN ATTEMPTED SUICIDE RAISES SOME QUESTIONS — THREE-PART STORY ARC CROSSES OVER INTO “CHICAGO MED” AND CONCLUDES THE FOLLOWING NIGHT ON “CHICAGO P.D.” — Members of Firehouse 51 band together and anxiously await word at Chicago Med when one of their own falls victim to a life-threatening stabbing. Cruz (Joe Minoso) urgently works with members of Chicago P.D. to track down Freddie’s (Ralph Rodriguez) whereabouts when he goes missing. Dr. Choi (guest star Brian Tee) and Dr. Halstead (guest star Nick Gehlfuss) tend to an attempted suicide victim whose condition raises some eyebrows. Meanwhile, Mouch (Christian Stolte) surprises Trudy (guest star Amy Morton) and Chili’s (Dora Madison) odd behavior has Brett (Kara Killmer) and Jimmy (Steven R. McQueen) worried. Jesse Spencer, Taylor Kinney, Eamonn Walker, Monica Raymund, David Eigenberg and Yuri Sardarov also star. Patrick Flueger, Marina Squerciati, Colin Donnell and Yaya DaCosta also guest star.
“Chicago Med”/ “Three Families” / Airdate: Tuesday, Jan. 5
A MEMBER OF THE FIREHOUSE FAMILY CLINGS TO LIFE AND MEMBERS OF THE CHICAGO MED STAFF DISCOVER A HIGHLY UNUSUAL PARALLEL BETWEEN CASES — THREE-PART STORY ARC CROSSES OVER INTO “CHICAGO FIRE” AND CONCLUDES THE FOLLOWING NIGHT ON “CHICAGO P.D” — Following a knife attack, a member of the team lies in peril and their condition takes a sudden turn for the worse, leaving Dr. Connor Rhodes (Colin Donnell) and Dr. Toni Zanetti (guest star Julie Berman) scrambling to race against the clock. Word quickly spreads that some of Connor’s fellow doctors feel he should have operated sooner, causing tension at the hospital. Dr. Natalie Manning (Torrey DeVitto) makes preparations for her pregnancy and Nurse April Sexton’s (Yaya DaCosta) brother (guest star Roland Buck III) struggles through his first day at the hospital. Meanwhile, members of the Chicago P.D. Intelligence Unit help investigate whether the case of a women clinging to life after Firehouse 51 pulled her out of a burning building is attempted suicide or murder. As the investigation deepens, a surprising parallel to other patients surface. Oliver Platt, S. Epatha Merkerson, Nick Gehlfuss, Rachel DiPillo and Brian Tee also star. Taylor Kinney, Monica Raymund, Kara Killmer, Dora Madison, David Eigenberg, Yuri Sardarov, Joe Minoso, Christian Stolte, Jason Beghe, Jesse Lee Soffer and Sophia Bush guest star.
“Chicago P.D.” / “Now I’m God”/ Airdate: Wednesday, Jan. 6
AN INVESTIGATION BECOMES PERSONAL FOR VOIGHT WHEN AN ACQUAINTANCE FROM HIS PAST IS CAUGHT PUTTING OTHERS LIVES IN DANGER. – A doctor with personal connections to Voight (Jason Beghe) is under investigation when four of his patients are committed to Chicago Med after an overdose of chemo. The doctor denies Lindsey (Sophia Bush) and Halstead (Jesse Lee Sofer) access to his files, but after obtaining a warrant the team is able to track down his patients and discover all of them have been poisoned with unnecessary chemo. Meanwhile, Burgess (Marina Squerciati) and Platt (Amy Morton) work together to clear Roman’s (Brian Geraghty) name. Also starring Jon Seda, Patrick Flueger, Elias Koteas and LaRoyce Hawkins. Guest starring Oliver Platt, David Eigenberg, Torrey DeVitto and Samuel Hunt.
Jamie Steinberg: Hi everybody. Thanks so much for taking your time to speak with me. Colin, for you, I was wondering, what does this One Chicago crossover mean for you? Is it a little bit more work? Are you excited for the fan feedback? What does it actually involve for you?
Colin Donnell: You know, I mean it – hey everybody, first of all. And I apologize if it’s a little loud. I’m – I’m in the Phoenix airport, which is going crazy because it rained here on the West Coast. It – the – the crossover is an amazing feat of logistics first and foremost.
I mean to pull together three casts of three extraordinarily busy shows into one unifying story is – is just amazing to me. So, you know, it meant a little bit more work for everybody. I think especially behind the scenes. But ultimately, I think it’s so worth it to give the fans such a unique experience of being able to unify three separate shows that are within one universe. I mean it’s totally unprecedented in television, especially right now. And it’s amazing to be a part of that.
Jamie Steinberg: Will both of you be live tweeting the event?
Colin Donnell: Joe? You know, I mean I think – I – I don’t know if – if we’ll be back in Chicago by that point. But hopefully we will be able to. Yeah.
Rebecca Murray: So my question is for Joe. We left your character in such an emotionally precarious position. How is he going to be handling this? And is it going to affect him for the rest of the season, that he introduced this kid to the gang?
Joe Minoso: Well, you know, I think it’s going to weigh incredibly heavy on him. You know, I can’t imagine how it wouldn’t. You know, I think any – any opportunity where you introduce someone into the world or into your community or your family, you’re hoping that that is going to go well. And that there’s going to be sort of a symbiotic relationship. In the case of Freddie, I think no one was expecting that he would become so volatile. But unfortunately it turned into a really serious thing. And Hermann, you know, obviously as many have said and I agree with, is the heart of that house.
And so, you know, for it to happen to him of all people, who reached out, you know, so willingly to help, it hurts the most. And it’s going to kill Cruz. And we’re going to see that I think unfold, quite a bit throughout the season.
Suzanne Lanoue: So can you tell us, were there any challenges in filming these episodes as regard to oh I don’t know, the weather or anything else?
Joe Minoso: Oh, can I take that one Colin?
Colin Donnell: Go for it Joe.
Joe Minoso: Awesome. Yeah. I’m going to say it’s been awesome because thanks to the beautiful new Chicago Med cast and their lovely set, we get to hang out indoors instead of freezing our butts off outside. So that would be my answer to that particular question.
Colin Donnell: And speaking as a Chicago Med cast member, I just want to say you’re welcome Joe, for being part of a hospital drama that allows people to have a little respite from the Chicago winter and come indoors, into our hospital, so you don’t have to freeze your butt off outside.
Joe Minoso: I can’t imagine – I tell you, thank you so much. It’s just like walking into a warm fireplace, you know? And they’ve got the chestnuts going. Like the – first of all, they’re so hospitable over there. They’re just the loveliest group of people. So not only do you feel this warmth because the heat’s on, but you feel warm inside, because there’s just so much love.
Suzanne Lanoue: Oh. Okay. And Colin, in this episode, do you have any particular like more medical jargon that you have to say, than usual? Or is it about the same?
Colin Donnell: No. You know, I wouldn’t – I’m trying to remember. There’s – there’s a bit. There is one particular line that just kept screwing me up. I think I had to do about five or six takes and I can’t remember whether it was in the Fire portion of the crossover or the Med portion of the crossover. But it was…
Joe Minoso: …definitely in the Fire portion. It was the crossover.
Colin Donnell: Yeah.
Joe Minoso: You had to – you had – I remember you had to walk in and deliver some news about what was going on with David. And I found myself by like take five or six, I was kind of saying the words right along with him. Because like I’m convinced – I’m convinced I can do it. And I never once got it right. But he actually managed to nail it. And like – so I – he’s – like kudos to Colin, because that stuff is not easy.
Colin Donnell: I’m not the good one in the cast either. That – that’s like the other – the other people in the cast that have really, really like they nail it.
Landyn Gerace: Hi guys. So what were your initial reactions when you found out that you were going to be doing the crossover episode?
Joe Minoso: Hallelujah! No. I – I guess you – I think, you know, we’ve been – this has been something that I think has been kind of bred into the thinking of this show from the very beginning.
I think Dick Wolf, you know, has really been reaching for kind of a new look at how you produce television and – and this has been something that has been on his mind from the very beginning. And it’s actually a real honor for me to see it unfold. I think that they’ve done such an exceptional job in putting this whole thing together and like now that Med is here, I’m really looking forward to us telling some really interesting, well-rounded, fully developed stories.
You know, I feel like if you think about it, there’s going to be three shows telling the same story over the course of one week. That’s an hour and a half of television, which is the length of most movies. So we’re really putting on a movie a week here, when we do a crossover event.
Cody Schultz: Looking beyond this week’s crossover, what’s ahead for your characters? Are there any story lines you’re really excited for fans to see this season or to explore?
Colin Donnell: You know, there’s – there’s – there’s some really, really cool stuff coming up for – not even particularly for – for Connor but there are some – there are some story lines that we’re doing right now.
You know, I think we’re on Episode 9 on Med right now, that I – I’m super excited. I can’t give anything away. I wish I could. But suffice to say like there’s – they don’t – the stories I feel have just gotten better from where we started.
And I’m very excited for audiences to see what we’re – what the writers are doing and – and what’s going on.
Joe Minoso: Yeah. And I mean I would say for – for me, I’m just – I’m excited. You know, once this crossover takes place and America gets to see the potential of what we’re really capable of doing when we’re telling a story now, with these three shows, I’m excited to see what the writers decide to do with it next time. Because I think that they’re going to find themselves with a great position to do some really interesting television and I think that for me that’s what’s most exciting, is we’re going to explore uncharted territory in the world of TV.
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