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Sometimes television has an elegant way of coming full circle. In 1994 we slid headfirst on a gurney through the doors of Chicago’s fictional County General Hospital, where we’d spend more than a decade soaking up all the drama (and George Clooney) ER could supply. Presumably the popularity of workplace dramas—particularly those where Chicagoans’ lives hang in the balance—spawned Dick Wolf’s Chicago Fire (2012) and Chicago P.D. (2014), and now the Wolfman’s preparing to launch Chicago Med, a decidedly ER-esque jaunt back into a hospital starring Oliver Platt, S. Epatha Merkerson, and Laurie Holden (aka Andrea on The Walking Dead). That was the plan, anyway. In the span of a week in August, Holden left the show for “family reasons” and show runner Andrew Dettman split as well. Maybe the circle wasn’t so unbroken after all. Still, we can’t turn down a Dick Wolf joint.

Premieres Wed 11/10, 8 PM, NBC