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Scoop: CHICAGO FIRE on NBC - Today, December 12, 2012

Scoop: CHICAGO FIRE on NBC - Today, December 12, 2012"It Ain't Easy" - After he's injured in a terrible fire at an auto machine shop, Jose Vargas (Mo Gallini) is forced to go on disability and leave his life as a firefighter behind – a task he finds incredibly difficult. Chief Boden (Eamonn Walker) tries to help a suspected teenage firebug (guest star Cody Sullivan). Also, Severide (Taylor Kinney) receives an enticing invitation from Renee (guest star Sarah Shahi), a woman who he saved from a car crash incident involving live electrical wires. Meanwhile, Cruz (Joe Minoso) tries to save his younger brother Leon (guest star Jeff Lima) from the gang he is involved with. Jesse Spencer, David Eigenberg, Charlie Barnett, Monica Raymund and Lauren German also star. CHICAGO FIRE airs on NBC tonight, December 12 at 10pm!

From renowned, Emmy Award-winning executive producer Dick Wolf ("Law & Order" brand) and creators Derek Haas and Michael Brandt, the writing team behind "3:10 to Yuma," comes the high-octane drama "Chicago Fire," -- an edge-of-your-seat view into the lives of everyday heroes committed to one of America's noblest professions.  For the firefighters, rescue squad and paramedics of Chicago Firehouse 51, no occupation is more stressful or dangerous, yet so rewarding and exhilarating.  These courageous men and women are among the elite who forge headfirst into danger when everyone else is running the other way and whose actions make the difference between life and death.  

The pressure to perform on such a high level has a way of taking a personal toll, sometimes putting team members from the Truck and the specially-trained Rescue Squad at odds with each other.  Despite any differences, this is an extended family, and when it's "go time," everyone inside Firehouse 51 knows no other way than to lay it all on the line for each other.  When a tragedy claims one of their own, there's plenty of guilt and blame to go around.  Lt. Matthew Casey (Jesse Spencer, "House"), in charge of the Truck, tries to carry on, but butts heads with the brash Lt. Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney, "The Vampire Diaries") of the Rescue Squad – and each blames the other for their fallen team member.  Adding to the turmoil, Casey, unbeknownst to his colleagues, is in the midst of a separation from Hallie (Teri Reeves, "Three Rivers").

The firehouse also includes: Battalion Chief Wallace Boden (Eamonn Walker, "Oz"), a fireman's fireman who is confronted by important personal decisions; paramedics Gabriela Dawson (Monica Raymund, "The Good Wife") and Leslie Shay (Lauren German, "Hawaii Five-O"), who share a close bond and team together to face some of the most harrowing situations imaginable; Peter Mills (Charlie Barnett, "Law & Order: SVU"), an academy graduate who is the latest generation in a family of firefighters; and Christopher Herrmann (David Eigenberg, "Sex and the City"), a seasoned veteran who loses his home to foreclosure and now must uproot his family to move in with his in-laws. 

In addition to Wolf, Haas and Brandt, executive producers also include Matt Olmstead ("Breakout Kings"), Joe Chappelle ("The Wire"),  Danielle Gelber and Peter Jankowski ("Law & Order" brand).  Haas and Brandt wrote the pilot, which was directed by Jeffrey Nachmanoff ("Homeland"). 


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