NBC is making some tweaks to their Fall schedule. Medical drama Heartbreaker, which had been pencilled in to unspool on Tuesday nights this fall, is being benched until midseason; while new Chicago Fire spin-off Chicago Med is being called up early and will assume the Tuesday night 9pm time-slot.
Heartbreaker is being pulled from the schedule to accommodate the real-life pregnancy of series star Melissa George, rather than there being any production or creative issues – such as those which forced ABC to pull ‘Of Kings & Prophets from their fall line-up earlier this week.
The decision to swap out Heartbreaker for Chicago Med is a clever one. Not only are both medical drama that have been drawing solid buzz, but in November, after Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris wraps its run, Chicago Fire will be assuming the 10pm slot – effectively creative a two-hour Chicago block, a tactic that was used to successfully launch the first season of Chicago PD back in 2014.
Heartbreaker follows the outspoken Alex Panttiere, one of the rare female heart-transplant surgeons. Alex brings an innovative eye to treating patients week to week while also balancing the complications of her professional and romantic life. The drama series is produced by Universal Television and stars Melissa George, Dave Annable, Don Hany, Shelley Conn, D.L. Hughley, Jamie Kennedy, Maya Erskine, J. Louis Mills and Joshua Leonard.
Chicago Med is described as an emotional thrill ride through the day-to-day chaos of the city’s most explosive hospital and the courageous team of doctors who hold it together. Familiar faces from the Chicago police and fire departments will intertwine as this third team of Chicago heroes hits the ground running. The drama is produced by Universal Television and stars Oliver Platt, S. Epatha Merkerson, Laurie Holden, Nick Gehlfuss and Yaya Dacosta. Colin Donnell also recently joined the cast as a series regular.