The confident masculinity of “Chicago Fire”
“Chicago Fire,” Dick Wolf’s drama about very attractive firemen and paramedics saving lives, premiered to very poor ratings. In the five months since, something surprising has happened, especially for a show on NBC: “Chicago Fire’s” audience has grown and grown. It regularly beats its premiere ratings, wins its time slot against shows like “Nashville” and “CSI,” and in the context of NBC’s ongoing ratings-catastrophe situation, it almost amounts to a hit.
“Chicago Fire” will be instantly familiar to any one familiar with “ER” and its descendants, particularly the attractive first responder show “Third Watch.” For a series hat features people running into fires every week, it is very soothing: you know exactly what you’re going to get. A procedural soap, where the good guys will usually but not always win, where there’s enough moral ambiguity so it doesn’t feel stupid, and most everyone wants to kiss everyone else, but no one really likes to talk about their feelings all that much until they are forced to, and they are often forced to.
If this sounds flip, I don’t mean it to: When I first saw the pilot, I was kind of blasé about the comforts “Chicago Fire” provides — yeah, yeah, whatever, I’ve seen it all before — but as I’ve continued watching the show, I feel less so. “Chicago Fire” is the rare TV show that celebrates a sort of uncomplicated masculinity— and, unlike sitcoms such as “Last Man Standing” and “Guys with Kids” celebrates it as though it were not under attack. These men are manly — they rescue people for a living — but they’re not misogynists (some jokes aside) or nerds or convinced that their gender is about to be destroyed. Many of them have lots of feelings. This makes them pretty rare.
In last night’s episode, a return after a month long hiatus, the beautiful lesbian paramedic Leslie Shay, who has decided she wants to get pregnant, flipped through a book of potential sperm donors. (Shay and “Parks & Rec’s” Anne Perkins obviously need to have coffee.) One had described himself as “ebullient.” She asked what that meant, one guy in a room full of six had any idea, and another remarked, “You don’t want the sperm of any guy who calls himself ebullient.” She agreed. The heroine of almost every sitcom I watch only wants a sperm donor who calls himself ebullient.
When it comes to memorable male characters in current dramas, there’s the standard spate of anti-heroes—Walter White, Don Draper, Gregory House and all their knock-offs— and that’s pretty much it. (One of the side-effects of the boom in complicated female characters is that it’s been a while since a dude joined the “You know this TV character by name club,” even though women are joining up all the time: Carrie Mathison, Hannah Horvath, Jess Day, Elizabeth Jennings etc.) None of “Chicago Fire’s” characters are about to join up soon, but that’s part of what’s appealing about them. They’re just good dudes who do their duty: like the show they’re on, even if they’re unremarkable, it’s not so bad having their type around. (Certainly, I’d rather watch a sitcom set in this fire house than “Guys with Kids.”)
Unlike most dramas on NBC, “Chicago Fire” is also notable for really working. It knows what it is, and it flat out executes, almost as reliably as Wolf’s super-reliable “Law & Orders.”For a network that has made doing the most basic things look really hard, it’s good to see that they can still assemble a functional TV show, and that, if it really functions (and isn’t about a doctor with split personalities) people will come and find it.
- source: salon.com
Chicago Fire On Set Candids
I have added some new candids of Taylor and the cast filming upcoming episodes to the gallery. Thanks to JustJared. Dont forget, Chicago Fire returns March 20th.
Gallery: Chicago Fire > Season 0ne (2012-2013) > On Set | November 26, 2012
Gallery: Chicago Fire > Season 0ne (2012-2013) > On Set | January 29, 2013
Gallery: Chicago Fire > Season 0ne (2012-2013) > On Set | February 20, 2013
Chicago Fire Update: Missing Stills & Screencaps Added!
As you guys can tell we have a new layout up thanks too Melissa. It looks amazing as well as the gallery theme. Hope you guys like it. Also, I have finally updated the gallery with all the missing Chicago Fire screencaps and stills so definitely check those out as well.
Gallery: Chicago Fire > Season 0ne (2012-2013) > Episode Stills
Gallery: Chicago Fire > Season 0ne (2012-2013) > Screen Captures
Lady Gaga and Taylor Kinney’s Valentine’s Day Puppy Love
I know this is a little late but better late than never right??
Rover doesn’t want roses and chocolates are no good for Champ. What’s a dog to do on Valentine’s Day? Well, if you belong to Lady Gaga, the answer is, dine on some fine lamb, prepared by a special chef.
Taylor Kinney must know how much his girlfriend adores her dog, Fozzi, because according to the Daily Star, he’s whipping up a special meal for the pooch — and his owner.
A source says, \”Taylor\’s making both Gaga and Fozzi medium rare lamb best pieces and mashed potatoes with gravy for Valentine\’s Day.” Apparently, the former Vampire Diaries star doesn’t want the pup to be left out on the lovey-dovey day. After Fozzi is tucked into bed, Taylor will give Lady Gaga some more human-suitable gifts.
Gaga is currently recovering from an injury, so hopefully she feels up for celebrating.
It’s cute that the pup is included, though. If anyone knows what a canine would want to snack on, it’s Taylor. He did play a werewolf!
- source: wetpaint.com
Hey guys. I know the site hasnt been updated but I promise it will be. I have been very busy with work lately but I will have the caps and stills from Chicago Fire added asap so keep checking back and I promise it will be added!
‘Chicago Fire’s Order Upped Again To 24
NBC has tacked another hour on to the freshman season of drama Chicago Fire, bringing its order to 24 episodes. The network first ordered one extra episode last week, followed by another episode pickup yesterday. After a slow start, Chicago Fire has found its groove, enjoying a ratings surge in January when its three originals posted the series’ three biggest overall audiences to date and three of its four highest adult 18-49 ratings. The show has now topped its premiere 1.9 demo rating four times and its premiere viewership (6.6 million) six times, including with the Jan. 2 show which posted Live+Same Day series highs of a 2.4/7 in 18-49 and 8.5 million viewers overall. The order upgrades for Chicago Fire come amidst disappointing premiere ratings for NBC’s new midseason drama Do No Harm (0.9 in 18-49) and the second season of Smash (1.2). Chicago Fire is exec produced by Dick Wolf, Danielle Gelber, Michael Brandt, Derek Haas, Matt Olmstead and Peter Jankowski.
- source: deadline.com
Chicago Fire 1×12 Stills & Captures
Chicago Fire Screencaps & Zero Dark Thirty Movie Still
Thanks to Carol, I have added a new still of Taylor from Zero Dark Thirty to the gallery. I also have added the missing screencaps of Taylor from this season so far of Chicago Fire. So be sure to check those out. Ill have the caps of ZDT trailer up soon!
Gallery: Filmography: Film > Zero Dark Thirty (2012) > Official Photography
Gallery: Filmography: Television > Chicago Fire (2012) > Season 1 > Screen Captures
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