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By Suzanne

Colin Donnell from "Chicago Med" (with Monica Raymond from "Chicago Fire")

Interview with Colin Donnell and Joe Minoso of #1Chicago (Chicago Med, Chicago Fire and Chicago PD crossover episodes) on NBC 1/4/16

I don't watch either of these shows, but I love Colin from when he was on "Arrow," so it was great to speak to the actors. They were both in good moods and being very funny and silly. There was a lot of laughing!

NBC UNIVERSAL
January 4, 2016 5:56 pm CT

Kelly Fernandez: Hi everyone. Iíd like to thank you all, especially Colin Donnell from Chicago Med and Joe Minoso from Chicago Fire, for being with us today.

As you know, each of these Chicago series, along with Chicago PD, will be united in a three-part crossover, beginning tomorrow, Tuesday, January 5th on Fire and Med and concluding the following evening, Wednesday, January 6th on PD.

Operator: And our first question comes from the line of Jamie Steinberg from Starry Constellation Magazine. Please go ahead.

Jamie Steinberg: Hi everybody. Thanks so much for taking your time to speak with me. Colin, for you, I was wondering, what does this One Chicago crossover mean for you? Is it a little bit more work? Are you excited for the fan feedback? What does it actually involve for you?

Colin Donnell: You know, I mean it - hey everybody, first of all. And I apologize if itís a little loud. Iím - Iím in the Phoenix airport, which is going crazy because it rained here on the West Coast. It - the - the crossover is an amazing feat of logistics first and foremost.

I mean to pull together three casts of three extraordinarily busy shows into one unifying story is - is just amazing to me. So, you know, it meant a little bit more work for everybody. I think especially behind the scenes.

But ultimately, I think itís so worth it to give the fans such a unique experience of being able to unify three separate shows that are within one universe. I mean itís - itís totally unprecedented in television, especially right now. And itís amazing to be a part of that.

Jamie Steinberg: Will both of you be live tweeting the event?

Colin Donnell: Joe? You know, I mean I think - I - I donít know if - if weíll be back in Chicago by that point. But hopefully we will be able to. Yeah.

Joe Minoso: I will miraculously figure out a way, even if in the air, to live tweet because I obviously care more about it than Colin does.

Colin Donnell: Oh geez. No. Joeís prettier than me. I know.

Joe Minoso: Oh, no, no, please Colin, that is not true. Are you kidding me? Those dimples on you - itís amazing.

Colin Donnell: I think whatís actually going to happen is Joeís going to tweet and Iím going to look over his shoulder on the plane and steal his tweets.

Joe Minoso: And that, you know, thatís fine by me. I donít really care about copyright infringement. Iím one of those guys - I feel like as long as itís getting out there...

Jamie Steinberg: All right, well see if you can somehow wrangle this into your contract for next season guys.

Colin Donnell: Perfect.

Joe Minoso: Gladly.

Jamie Steinberg: Thank you.

Colin Donnell: Thank you.David Eigenberg (Hermann) and Joe Minoso (Cruz)

Operator: And our next question comes from the line of Rebecca Murray from Showbiz Junkies. Please go ahead.

Rebecca Murray: Good afternoon to both of you. Thank you for doing the call.

Colin Donnell: Hey Rebecca.

Joe Minoso: Thank you.

Rebecca Murray: So my question is for Joe. We left your character in such an emotionally precarious position. How is he going to be handling this? And is it going to affect him for the rest of the season, that he introduced this kid to the gang?

Joe Minoso: Well, you know, I think itís going to weigh incredibly heavy on him. You know, I canít imagine how it wouldnít. You know, I think any - any opportunity where you introduce someone into the world or into your community or your family, youíre hoping that that is going to go well.

And that thereís going to be sort of a symbiotic relationship. In the case of Freddie, I think no one was expecting that he would become so volatile. But unfortunately it turned into a really serious thing. And Hermann, you know, obviously as many have said and I agree with, is the heart of that house.

And so, you know, for it to happen to him of all people, who reached out, you know, so willingly to help, it hurts the most. And itís going to kill Cruz. And weíre going to see that I think unfold, quite a bit throughout the season.

Rebecca Murray: Great. Thank you.

Joe Minoso: Youíre welcome.

Operator: And our next question comes from the line of Suzanne Lanoue with The TV MegaSite. Please go ahead.

Suzanne Lanoue: Good morning... or afternoon, I guess.

Colin Donnell: Somewhere...

Joe Minoso: Good afternoon.

Suzanne Lanoue: So can you tell us, were there any challenges in filming these episodes as regard to, oh, I donít know, the weather or anything else?

Joe Minoso: Oh, can I take that one Colin?

Colin Donnell: Go for it Joe.

Joe Minoso: Awesome. Yeah. Iím going to say itís been awesome because thanks to the beautiful new Chicago Med cast and their lovely set, we get to hang out indoors instead of freezing our butts off outside. So that would be my answer to that particular question.

Colin Donnell: And speaking as a Chicago Med cast member, I just want to say youíre welcome Joe, for being part of a hospital drama that allows people to have a little respite from the Chicago winter and come indoors, into our hospital, so you donít have to freeze your butt off outside.

Joe Minoso: I canít imagine - I tell you, thank you so much. Itís just like walking into a warm fireplace, you know? And theyíve got the chestnuts going. Like the - first of all, theyíre so hospitable over there. Theyíre just the loveliest group of people.

So not only do you feel this warmth because the heatís on, but you feel warm inside, because thereís just so much love.

Suzanne Lanoue: Oh. Okay. And Colin, in this episode, do you have any particular like, more medical jargon that you have to say, than usual? Or is it about the same?

Colin Donnell: No. You know, I wouldnít - Iím trying to remember. Thereís - thereís a bit. There is one particular line that just kept screwing me up. I think I had to do about five or six takes and I canít remember whether it was in the Fire portion of the crossover or the Med portion of the crossover. But it was...

Joe Minoso: ...definitely in the Fire portion. It was the crossover.

Colin Donnell: Yeah.

Joe Minoso: You had to - you had - I remember you had to walk in and deliver some news about what was going on with David. And I found myself by like take five or six, I was kind of saying the words right along with him. Because like Iím convinced - Iím convinced I can do it. And I never once got it right.

But he actually managed to nail it. And like - so I - heís - like kudos to Colin, because that stuff is not easy.

Colin Donnell: Iím not the good one in the cast either. That - thatís like the other - the other people in the cast that have really, really like they nail it.

Suzanne Lanoue: Oh. Thanks a lot.

Colin Donnell: Thank you.

Operator: And our next question comes from the line of Lisa Macklem with SpoilerTV. Please go ahead.

Lisa Macklem: Hi guys. Thanks for talking to us.

Joe Minoso: Hey Lisa.

Colin Donnell: Thank you.

Lisa Macklem: My questionís for Joe. Iím wondering if Freddie was maybe a way for you to make up for the gang member that you left in that fire a long time ago.

Joe Minoso: Wow. I mean thatís a very philosophical question. Thatís very deep. You know, I think for the audienceís perspective, perhaps that could very easily be the case.

I think, you know, in terms of Cruz, I think, you know, he - he dealt with that in a very personal way, knowing that it was going to ultimately affect the life of his brother. And it was one or the other. And even so, his own life. You know, he was - Cruz was definitely on - on the watch list of those gang members and could have easily ended up just as dead as the next guy.

And thatís I think a reality of, you know, that neighborhood culture all the time; is you walk on thin ice when you live in that kind of world, because you never truly know whatís going to set someone off in what particular way. So you - so, you know, you - itís a fine line that you have to write it.

When they wrote it there was a lot of controversy amongst the writers, as to whether or not it would be a good idea or that it would be too much to take. You know, I think ultimately they - they really found a really interesting window to kind of have true experiences to process. And, a very kind of beautiful confessional scene in the first season.

But as of right now with Freddie, you know, I think more - I think what that just shows is more of how Cruz truly wants to help people get out of what he got out of. And for me, thatís a really personal thing, because I - I came from that kind of background.

And I saw some real, you know, crazy things in my childhood. So I - Iím glad to be able to play that out on this show.

Lisa Macklem: I - I was really happy to see that story line sort of come back up again. Because I think itís - itís really important and itís really well done on the show. Just a quick question for Colin too - are we going to see some fisticuffs between Rhodes and Halstead at some point?

Joe Minoso: Oh, I hope so.

Colin Donnell: Yeah. I think, you know, they certainly have a - two opposing viewpoints on how they approach medicine. I donít know if it necessarily gets to - we havenít seen it come to that much of a heated argument.

But things get - like even - even next week you see - you see things get a little bit more aggressive between the two. Itís, you know, itís a contentious relationship.

Lisa Macklem: Thanks. But itís - itís a great one. I really like the way they sort of play off each other. And I really like the development we actually see in the - in the episode this week.

Colin Donnell: Thank you.

Operator: And our next question comes from the line of Gina Zirpoli with TalkNerdyWithUS.com. Please go ahead.

Gina Zirpoli: Hi guys. Thanks so much for doing this today. I know youíre kind of busy and running around the Phoenix airport like you said, Colin. But Colin, Iíll ask you my first question. So, you know, youíre clearly the head honcho on the new - on the new show on the block.

You know, youíre kind of new and Rhodes is coming in like he runs the place, which he does. But when the opportunity came along to join the Chicago universe, what was your reaction?

Were you familiar with the shows? Were you just like oh this is fantastic or were you just like I have to brush up on this? What was your reaction?

Colin Donnell: You know, I mean I was A, thrilled that I was being invited to be a part of such a cool series and such a, you know, being a part of a Dick Wolf universe. And I - I - I was a little familiar with the shows.

But right when - right after I was - right after this all happened, my wife and I went back to the very beginning of Chicago Fire, Season 1 Episode 1 and we were like, you know, let - letís just - letís watch some. And we got hooked.

We were so thrilled and every single episode got me so excited to be a part of something that was so unique and so fun, so entertaining, so moving. You know, I fell in love with Cruz...

Joe Minoso: ...you hit all the bullet points that we talked about before the phone call. Honestly, you nailed it. You know, I really thought that you were going to miss on the Cruz - falling in love with Cruz part. But you - thank you. Iím so glad for that. You know, I just wanted to say, you know, itís crazy right, because you - you go into a show and you think itís going to be like, you know, you hope - you just hope that it goes beyond 13 episodes then beyond Season 1. And what weíve been involved in has been such an insane whirlwind.

And to know that we are now in the midst of a third show and, you know, I personally, if weíre just going to be doing a little backstroking on each otherís backs here, I am - Iíve become such a fan of Chicago Med. I think that they really have great things going on.

I think theyíre telling medical stories in a very interesting, unique way. And, you know, the cast is just kicking butt. We had to do this quick promotional last year, well right before the hiatus, right before the Christmas break where we had to say Happy New Year to a couple of folks.

And it was all three casts all together. And it really felt like a big kind of Thanksgiving dinner at a family. And it was like so exciting. So itís like weíre - I think I can speak for Colin when I say itís been like such an awesome experience just watching this family grow.

Gina Zirpoli: Thatís so great. And...

Colin Donnell: Ditto.

Gina Zirpoli: ...Joe - and Joe, Iíll direct to you my second question. Itís good to talk to you again, by the way. So...

Joe Minoso: Likewise.

Gina Zirpoli: ...you could - thanks. So you could say Cruz has had it a little rough lately. He has a new lieutenant on squad, his best friend moved in on his girlfriend and then now the whole thing with Freddieís going on. So I mean where would you like to see Cruz go from here?

Joe Minoso: Gosh, you know, hopefully on a vacation. You know, after all that. But no, you know, in all honesty, youíre right. It has been a really kind of crazy year for him. And I - I couldnít be happier. You know, I - I experienced a great amount of great story in this season.

And theyíve really kind of taken the character on a different course. And Iím - Iím really, really excited about the potential that, you know, working with Taylor has brought on the closer one on one level. And I get to do a lot more stunt work, which has also been insanely awesome.

But, you know, as of right now, Iím just, to be honest, enjoying getting to just play with such meaty dialog. Theyíve really - I think they arenít - I think the writing staff is on a whole other level this season.

And itís like the way that theyíre weaving these - this crossover episode is just so like seamless and it just all makes so much sense. And itís just so exciting to be able to do something thatís like so innovative and interesting and new.

Gina Zirpoli: Perfect. Yeah. Thank you guys.

Joe Minoso: Absolutely.

Colin Donnell: Thank you.

Operator: And our next question comes from the line of Iris Barreto from FanGirlish.com. Please go ahead.

Iris Barreto: Hi guys. So my first question Iím going to direct to Colin. And itís so great to see you back on our TV sets and as a regular character that, you know, weíre going to see you for a while, for a long time. Iím very happy about that.

Colin Donnell: Letís hope. Thank you.

Iris Barreto: Iím crossing my fingers with that one. So four episodes in and weíve seen so many different medical cases on the Med show. And I just wanted to know, which one has been your favorite so far, whether it had to do with your character or not.

Colin Donnell: My favorite medical case so far. Is it - is it a copout to say itís one you havenít seen yet?

Iris Barreto: Thatís not fair. Within the past four episodes...

Colin Donnell: I think, you know, we - the - the episode that aired just before the holiday break that dealt with the supposed gun violence and the shooting in the theater, I think was one of - was one of my favorite episodes that weíve done so far.

And I - I just think that what it had to say and what it did say was very powerful. And I think it - it - those are the kind of stories that I would like to be telling. And I think it was very deftly handled by our director and our writers and our cast as a whole. And I was very proud to be a part of that.

Iris Barreto: Okay. Thank you. So my follow up question - Joe, I definitely had a better question but someone had already asked it. So this is my question for you.

Out of every - all the cast members on all three shows, and letís say Cruz was given a workout Zumba video, who would you choose to be as your dance backup partner. Iím sorry. I had a better question but someone asked it.

Joe Minoso: No, no, no. Come on now. I think thatís an awesome question. Do I only get one though, because like usually backup dancers...

Iris Barreto: No, no. You...

Joe Minoso: ...youíve got to have a couple. They look better like in groups. Do you know what I mean?

Iris Barreto: You can choose a whole crew...

Joe Minoso: As we all know Colinís got mad moves. So I would definitely...

Colin Donnell: I do. I do.

Joe Minoso: ...have him front and center. And gosh, I would probably have to include Charlie Barnett. He is definitely part of our universe and forever will be. And he is also my brother. And I would love to have him on the other side.

And to be honest, if I just had the three of us, I think we should kill - that we could kill. But if I had my way, I would just have Jesse and Christian in the background, pretending to know what theyíre doing or just looking like fools the whole time.

Iris Barreto: Thanks. Send out a ton. I definitely would order from Amazon.

Joe Minoso: I will. Iíll work on it. Iíll see what I can get going.

Iris Barreto: Okay. Thank you so much.

Colin Donnell: Zumba.

Operator: And our next question comes from the line of Pamela Perry with MizHollywood.com. Please go ahead.

Pamela Perry: Thank you. Hi guys.

Joe Minoso: Hello.

Colin Donnell: Hello.

Pamela Perry: I just want to say one little aside first, is that when Colin sang House of the Rising Sun on The Affair, totally was - made (Eric Burton) really proud. That was just spellbinding. So thank you for that. And...

Colin Donnell: Thank you.

Pamela Perry: Really it was just - it was just really - had to get up and turn up the TV for that, because it was just a shock.

Colin Donnell: Thank you.

Pamela Perry: And - and now you are casting kind of the Game of Thrones Chicago style. And I think that something has really sparked Dick Wolf to do the best work of his career. I mean heís just on fire. And I love that every...

Joe Minoso: No pun intended.

Pamela Perry: ...character - right. No pun intended. But I - I love that every character has flaws. I mean thatís something really unusual. Actually - he doesnít usually, you know, usually the stars are perfect and the, you know, the criminals have the flaws.

But you, Colin, have emotional flaws and psychological flaws and you also got Darth Vader as your dad.

Colin Donnell: Yeah.

Pamela Perry: So I was wondering what is the progression going to be with you and that character. How is it going to play out with you and your dad?

Colin Donnell: Weíve seen a little bit of the - the Rhodes family story unfold so far. And not - it wonít be just this week but next week, youíll see some more of it unfold.

I mean thereís a whole - what I love about all of our characters, and like you mentioned, you know, every single character across all of these Chicago shows has a story that we get to peek into and theyíve - I think our writers - the writers of every show do a great job of shining a light on all of these characters.

And thatís what makes it so appealing to an audience is because you fall in love with each of them as you go along. And specifically, youíre going to see why there is such animosity between Connor and his father, in the next couple of weeks. And to say anything more would unfortunately, give it away.

Pamela Perry: Okay. Well it - youíre doing a great job. And - and really - I think itís really, really good for network TV. I think theyíve really upped the game. And I just - I just wanted to say to Joe that I had read that you were shy.

So some people have the - I think people have the wrong idea about you, because you donít seem very shy at all. Youíre...

Joe Minoso: I donít know what youíre talking about. This is all an act. Itís a giant ruse so that I can feel somewhat comfortable. But in actuality - no, definitely before I found acting I was very, very shy.

And the more that I acted the more I just realized, you know, just being yourself and allowing the world to see you for who you are, allows you to feel a lot better about yourself because you have nothing to hide. And at the end of the day, weíre all crazy in our own aspects.

And we all have interesting idiosyncrasies. And, you know, so I think I owe a debt of gratitude to the fact that Iím an actor just because itís helped me explore a lot of my own demons. But I think any - most actors would say that. But yeah, I - itís very true. Itís very true.

I could barely talk to a girl when I was 12, 13 years old.

Pamela Perry: But thatís how you got into show business, right, through a girlfriend?

Joe Minoso: Very true. Yeah. My first girlfriend, yeah, she took me to see her in a high school play. And by the second act I had went up to the technical director who was leading the stage hands, and I said do you guys need any help with anything, because I just wanted to be involved somehow.

And that quickly led to me auditioning to get into the school play. And then I mean once that happened forget about it, I was - it was over. Itís all Iíve ever done. Itís all I know. Iím in a lot of trouble if I canít get a job.

Pamela Perry: Youíll be working for a long time.

Joe Minoso: Oh thank you hon. From your lips - thank you.

Pamela Perry: All the best. Thank you.

Colin Donnell: Thank you.

Joe Minoso: Have a good one.

Operator: And our next question comes from the line of Dwana De La Cerna from Chicagonista. Please go ahead.

Dwana De La Cerna: Yes. Hi guys.

Colin Donnell: Hello.

Joe Minoso: Hello. Chicagonista.

Dwana De La Cerna: Thank you.

Joe Minoso: I like that.

Dwana De La Cerna: Yes. Weíre actually here in Chicago. I donít know how many of the other callers are from Chicago, but I do have to give you guys a hands up because you really capture Chicago. I donít live too far from where 51 is being, you know, where they film.

And you guys really capture the essence of our city and itís really refreshing. Thank you so much.

Joe Minoso: Yeah. You know, I think that thatís a kudos that the crew along the all three shows deserves. You know, I think Dick Wolf said from the very beginning that Chicago was just as much a character as any one of us.

And I think that, you know, the ones that really deserve the credit to seeing that character come to life, is the crew, is the - the cameramen, the directors of photography and the - and the directors and Ads. They really are the ones that make that happen. So thatís on them.

Dwana De La Cerna: Yeah. And you guys have done a lot for the community here, doing various charities - the Polar Plunge and all that. So we really enjoy having you here. So my first question is about the camaraderie. You guys are very active on social media and it seems like you guys have a real good connection.

Does that have a lot to do with how it comes across on screen that you guys really have a good time?

Joe Minoso: Well I - yeah, you know, for me I think that itís very much so the case. I donít know how weíve been as lucky as we have in terms of all of the cast members that keep coming in.

You know, you hear horror stories when youíre a young actor about working with a bunch of divas and how that can be impossible. And I - we have not come across that really. You know, we - everyone that keeps coming into the shows are just such lovely people to work with.

They, you know, theyíre true professionals. Theyíre ready to just kind of do their work and - and at the same time, all know how to act like five year old morons. They enjoy one another and can not be afraid of just being silly.

And that I think is why it just makes this job so easy and such a pleasure to do.

Colin Donnell: ...Joe, like if I may, itís like being able to - I had - before coming into this, I had heard nothing but amazing things about how everybody was so nice and so wonderful and you wonít believe it.

I actually was preparing myself not to believe it because it was - it sounded too good to be true how like wonderful of a group it was. But thatís exactly what I walked into. And it was, you know, being - specifically doing this crossover because the - the crossover was my first opportunity to step on another set aside from Chicago Med. And I have to say like Joe was actually one of the first people who came up to me when I came on the set. And he personally just walked me through and introduced me to every single person who was there. And it was such a...

Dwana De La Cerna: Thatís cool.

Colin Donnell: ...wonderful welcome to the family really. And, you know, I really felt very - just it was such a warm, warm welcome.

And it was so appreciative - or so appreciated on my part, being able to, you know, being able to drop in to something thatís been going on, into a family thatís been together for three plus years and not...

Dwana De La Cerna: Right.

Colin Donnell: ...feel like the new kid that was invading space.

Dwana De La Cerna: Great. So my final question for both of you - the word on the street here in Chicago is that you guys work with a language person to help you get our - our little - the things that we say and how we say it. Is that true? Or do you just...

Joe Minoso: ...that I - I - Iíve been in Chicago for about - going on 12 plus years, so I think that whatever happens that may sound like Chicago when I talk, is just kind of been ingrained in me from just being here. I personally donít think that my Chicago accent is that good. But thereís definitely...

Dwana De La Cerna: But it is.

Joe Minoso: ...a - well I mean thereís definitely a - a speech person that we have on Chicago Fire, who works a lot with Jesse and Eamonn, to really get that dialect down. And funny enough, she was my teacher in college at NIU when I was there for a Masterís program.

And now sheís like the go to in like dialect work in Chicago. So just whatíll happen in ten years is amazing.

Dwana De La Cerna: Oh. Thanks. Colin, are you having trouble with our dialect? You sound pretty authentic so far.

Colin Donnell: You know, I mean itís - thereís - especially Connor Rhodes has a bit of a special scenario since he spent so long away from Chicago, in New Mexico doing medical school and his - his training afterwards and then being in the Middle East working for years, before he finally came back.

But Iím a Midwestern kid myself. Iím from St. Louis.

Dwana De La Cerna: Oh, okay. Not far.

Colin Donnell: It - no, not - not too far. So I grew up around plenty of Chicago - Chicagoans. I went to school in Indiana as well. So I - my earís been attuned to it for most of my life.

Dwana De La Cerna: Oh, cool. Well thank you guys so much.

Colin Donnell: Yeah.

Joe Minoso: Thank you.

Operator: And our next question comes from the line of Landyn Gerace with PopEntertainment. Please go ahead.

Landyn Gerace: Hi guys. So what were your initial reactions when you found out that you were going to be doing the crossover episode?

Joe Minoso: Hallelujah! No. I - I guess you - I think, you know, weíve been - this has been something that I think has been kind of bred into the thinking of this show from the very beginning.

I think Dick Wolf, you know, has really been reaching for kind of a new look at how you produce television and - and this has been something that has been on his mind from the very beginning. And itís actually a real honor for me to see it unfold.

I think that theyíve done such an exceptional job in putting this whole thing together and like now that Med is here, Iím really looking forward to us telling some really interesting, well-rounded, fully developed stories.

You know, I feel like if you think about it, thereís going to be three shows telling the same story over the course of one week. Thatís an hour and a half of television, which is the length of most movies. So weíre really putting on a movie a week here, when we do a crossover event.

Landyn Gerace: Yeah. Thatís awesome.

Colin Donnell: I was so - I was like - because we knew it was coming but we didnít know what story was going to be told. For me I was just so excited to see like what - what they were going - what kind of story was going to be - was going to take up that three hours of television.

You know, itís like - I was like I want to know. I want to know.

Landyn Gerace: Right. So and what was...

Colin Donnell: And it didnít let down.

Landyn Gerace: Yeah. Well Iím very excited to see it. Thatís for sure. What was the dynamic like for all of the cast members for all three of the Chicago shows to come together? Did you guys know each other pretty well already or what was like that working with everyone?

Colin Donnell: I would say it was sort of like the dance at the gym in West Side Story, especially Joe - and Joe and I were Maria and Tony.

Landyn Gerace: Oh my gosh.

Joe Minoso: Yeah. I think that - that makes perfect sense. The analogy couldnít have been more suited. I actually - I wish that I could come up with something more ideal but he - heís nailed it.

Landyn Gerace: I thought it was pretty good.

Colin Donnell: You know, I touched on it a little bit earlier, at least from my perspective. You know, I - I - the welcome was so warm and as the newbies on the block, weíve, you know, we - the expectation was that we would live up to the standard and the ethic, the work ethic that has been set by Fire and PD for the last few years.

And when youíre walking into a situation like that you feel like you have every tool to succeed.

And to walk in and not only see them working so hard and know that the product that theyíre creating is amazing, but also just to feel the warmth and the love that extends not just within the cast but the crew and the - the directors and the - the cameramen. I mean everybody across the board is so welcoming and so lovely.

And itís - itís an amazing group to be a part of.

Landyn Gerace: Thatís great. All right. Thank you guys so much for taking the time. Have a nice night.

Joe Minoso: Thank you. You too.

Colin Donnell: You too.

Operator: And our next question comes from the line of Emily Morgan with HNGN. Please go ahead.

Emily Morgan: Hey guys.

Joe Minoso: Hey.

Colin Donnell: Hello.

Emily Morgan: Hey. There are rumors of a fourth Chicago spinoff or a third spinoff series. I was just wondering what you guys would want the fourth show to be.

Joe Minoso: Oh god. Chicago Streets and Sanitation.

Emily Morgan: I love it.

Colin Donnell: Chicago Notary Public.

Joe Minoso: Well actually no...

Emily Morgan: What was the last one?

Joe Minoso: You know, it would be - I donít know. I donít know. I think, you know, what makes sense - probably something on the politics side of the city. Or, you know, something along the line of a - of a law show maybe. But, you know, who knows. At this point everythingís game I feel like.

Colin Donnell: Yeah.

Emily Morgan: Sounds good. And follow up question - I know Fire and PD last year did the crossover with Law & Order SVU. Have you heard from them, kind of maybe jealous that theyíre not in on this next crossover?

Joe Minoso: I just - I canít imagine that theyíre not. I mean, you know, itís like weíre cool over here in Chicago. So I would want to be a part of it. You know, Iím sure that theyíre very busy doing their own thing but - but yeah, theyíre always fun to play with.

You know, I look forward - I get to be able to work with those guys and Iím really, really ready to meet everybody over there because Iíd love to work with them. Because Iím - Iím a big fan.

Emily Morgan: Definitely. All right. Thanks guys.

Joe Minoso: Thank you.

Colin Donnell: Thank you.

Operator: And our next question comes from the line of Cody Schultz with Hidden Remote. Please go ahead.

Cody Schultz: Hi guys. Thanks again so much for speaking with us today.

Colin Donnell: Yeah.

Joe Minoso: No problem. Thank you.

Cody Schultz: Joe, my first question is for you. Chicago Fire has these bursts of comedy between the intense scenes, such as when we discovered Cruzís background as a Zumba instructor. Why do you feel itís important for them to incorporate the comedic elements in between all the drama?

Joe Minoso: Well I think, you know, what - especially for Fire, you know, I think that we have that luxury to be honest with you, to take some really moments - some real moments of levity, just because thatís just how they live. Thatís how firefighters and paramedics coexist in the universe.

You know, you spend enough time with a lot of these people and you realize that they do a lot of things that - to just kind of keep themselves happy and just too kind of - kind of distract themselves from the seriousness of the job.

You know, you get to see some of the worldís most atrocious things as a firefighter and you are, you know, youíre the last line of defense for a lot of peopleís lives. And sometimes that doesnít necessarily happen. And Iím sure that, you know, this is the same for the people over at Med.

You know, thereís a great responsibility that comes with trying to save a human life. And when that doesnít happen on your watch that can be a real low.

So I think fortunately, Fire has the best kind of avenue in all us goofball firefighters, to kind of take a break and maybe laugh at ourselves a little bit, because it really is how they handle all that stress.

Cody Schultz: And then just as a follow up for both of you - looking beyond this weekís crossover, whatís ahead for your characters? Are there any story lines youíre really excited for fans to see this season or to explore?

Colin Donnell: You know, thereís - thereís - thereís some really, really cool stuff coming up for - not even particularly for - for Connor but there are some - there are some story lines that weíre doing right now.

You know, I think weíre on Episode 9 on Med right now, that I - Iím super excited. I canít give anything away. I wish I could. But suffice to say like thereís - they donít - the stories I feel have just gotten better from where we started.

And Iím very excited for audiences to see what weíre - what the writers are doing and - and whatís going on.

Joe Minoso: Yeah. And I mean I would say for - for me, Iím just - Iím excited. You know, once this crossover takes place and America gets to see the potential of what weíre really capable of doing when weíre telling a story now, with these three shows, Iím excited to see what the writers decide to do with it next time.

Because I think that theyíre going to find themselves with a great position to do some really interesting television and I think that for me thatís whatís most exciting, is weíre going to explore uncharted territory in the world of TV.

Cody Schultz: All right. Thanks again guys, so much.

Joe Minoso: Thank you guys very much.

Colin Donnell: Thanks everybody.

END

Synopsis for each:

ďChicago FireĒ/ďThe Beating HeartĒ / Airdate: Tuesday, Jan. 5

THE FIREHOUSE IS SHOCKED TO DISCOVER THAT ONE OF THEIR OWN BECOMES THE SURPRISING VICTIM OF A STABBING AND AN ATTEMPTED SUICIDE RAISES SOME QUESTIONS≠ ó THREE-PART STORY ARC CROSSES OVER INTO ďCHICAGO MEDĒ AND CONCLUDES THE FOLLOWING NIGHT ON ďCHICAGO P.D.Ē ó Members of Firehouse 51 band together and anxiously await word at Chicago Med when one of their own falls victim to a life-threatening stabbing. Cruz (Joe Minoso) urgently works with members of Chicago P.D. to track down Freddieís (Ralph Rodriguez) whereabouts when he goes missing. Dr. Choi (guest star Brian Tee) and Dr. Halstead (guest star Nick Gehlfuss) tend to an attempted suicide victim whose condition raises some eyebrows. Meanwhile, Mouch (Christian Stolte) surprises  Trudy (guest star Amy Morton) and Chiliís (Dora Madison) odd behavior has Brett (Kara Killmer) and Jimmy (Steven R. McQueen) worried. Jesse Spencer, Taylor Kinney, Eamonn Walker, Monica Raymund, David Eigenberg and Yuri Sardarov also star. Patrick Flueger, Marina Squerciati, Colin Donnell and Yaya DaCosta also guest star.

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ďChicago MedĒ/ ďThree FamiliesĒ / Airdate: Tuesday, Jan. 5

A MEMBER OF THE FIREHOUSE FAMILY CLINGS TO LIFE AND MEMBERS OF THE CHICAGO MED STAFF DISCOVER A HIGHLY UNUSUAL PARALLEL BETWEEN CASES ó THREE-PART STORY ARC CROSSES OVER INTO ďCHICAGO FIREĒ AND CONCLUDES THE FOLLOWING NIGHT ON ďCHICAGO P.DĒ ó Following a knife attack, a member of the team lies in peril and their condition takes a sudden turn for the worse, leaving Dr. Connor Rhodes (Colin Donnell) and Dr. Toni Zanetti (guest star Julie Berman) scrambling to race against the clock. Word quickly spreads that some of Connorís fellow doctors feel he should have operated sooner, causing tension at the hospital. Dr. Natalie Manning (Torrey DeVitto) makes preparations for her pregnancy and Nurse April Sextonís (Yaya DaCosta) brother (guest star Roland Buck III) struggles through his first day at the hospital. Meanwhile, members of the Chicago P.D. Intelligence Unit help investigate whether the case of a women clinging to life after Firehouse 51 pulled her out of a burning building is attempted suicide or murder. As the investigation deepens, a surprising parallel to other patients surface. Oliver Platt, S. Epatha Merkerson, Nick Gehlfuss, Rachel DiPillo and Brian Tee also star. Taylor Kinney, Monica Raymund, Kara Killmer, Dora Madison, David Eigenberg, Yuri Sardarov, Joe Minoso, Christian Stolte, Jason Beghe, Jesse Lee Soffer and Sophia Bush guest star.

http://www.nbc.com/chicago-med

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ďChicago P.D.Ē / ďNow Iím GodĒ/ Airdate: Wednesday, Jan. 6

AN INVESTIGATION BECOMES PERSONAL FOR VOIGHT WHEN AN ACQUAINTANCE FROM HIS PAST IS CAUGHT PUTTING OTHERS LIVES IN DANGER. Ė A doctor with personal connections to Voight (Jason Beghe) is under investigation when four of his patients are committed to Chicago Med after an overdose of chemo. The doctor denies Lindsey (Sophia Bush) and Halstead (Jesse Lee Sofer) access to his files, but after obtaining a warrant the team is able to track down his patients and discover all of them have been poisoned with unnecessary chemo. Meanwhile, Burgess (Marina Squerciati) and Platt (Amy Morton) work together to clear Romanís (Brian Geraghty) name. Also starring Jon Seda, Patrick Flueger, Elias Koteas and LaRoyce Hawkins. Guest starring Oliver Platt, David Eigenberg, Torrey DeVitto and Samuel Hunt.

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