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CHICAGO MED Bosses Preview Season 6’s Time Jump, New Addition, and Relationship Shifts

November 9, 2020 by  

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CHICAGO MED — “When Did We Begin To Change” Episode 601 — Pictured: (l-r) Yaya DeCosta as April Sexton — (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC)

When CHICAGO MED prematurely ended its season its fifth season (due to COVID-19 stopping production around the world), the medical drama had a number of scripts in the works to finish out the year that didn’t make it to air.

At the time, the showrunners Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider said “our hope is to incorporate as many [storylines from this shortened season] as possible into next season. The big question is how they fit into the new reality of life in the E.R. when we come out on the other side of the current situation.”

Though the pandemic is still ongoing, the show is back with its season 6 premiere on Wednesday, November 11. And, as planned, “we were able to carry over most of the storylines from last season,” Frolov said via email. “We’re very excited to continue the Crockett/Natalie relationship, and Charles’ relationship with his often difficult adolescent daughter.”

In the season premiere, “When Did We Begin To Change,” the show is “jumping ahead into our present time to reflect the current state of the pandemic and how it continues to affect both our caregivers and the hospital they work in,” Schneider added.

Though COVID will understandably be a big focus for the doctors, they’ll still be contending with other medical mysteries in season 6.

“We have tried hard to strike a balance [in our storytelling,” Frolov previewed. “Despite the pandemic, a host of other medical cases still come into the hospital, and we wanted to show how hospitals continue to treat those conditions in this new environment. The first episode is a little more weighted toward COVID because we needed to show how the hospital had adopted new safety protocols and created its own special COVID ICU.”

In the midst of the global pandemic, the show’s core relationships will be tested. “The pandemic has been particularly stressful on health workers,” Schneider noted. “While it has pushed some couples closer, it has caused others to break apart. Both sides of this will be reflected in our show…[and] new [couples will] flourish. It will be a very emotional season.”

The show will also be introducing a new face with Tehmina Sunny’s Dr. Virani, who has a professional proposition for one of the doctors.  “Her presence will wind up causing conflict between our other characters,” Frolov teased. “Dr. Virani is our most prominent new character, but there will be several more.”

While the writers have endeavored to make the show as normal as possible, “yes, the production restrictions have impacted us,” Schneider acknowledged. “We craft stories to avoid crowd scenes and in general have fewer people in scenes. We also are using Zoom. ”

But, he added, “we have always relied on intimate, emotional stories, and that hasn’t changed.”

CHICAGO MED, Season Premiere, Wednesday, November 11, 8/7c, NBC


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