Right now our city has so much to be proud of. We have two teams that are very much alive in the playoffs, our expanding fashion community , and a network series shooting right here in town. The streets of our city have been shown to the world once again thanks to NBC’s “Chicago Fire. The series has gotten some great news , they have been picked up for a second season. This is indeed good news for our economy and artist community. Recently I got the chance to have a chat with Danielle Gelber , Executive Vice President of Wolf Films and Executive Producer of NBC’s “Chicago Fire.”
“I can’t say thank you enough to the people of Chicago for their support. Everyone has been just great!” she gushed. “The crew is fantastic and all the business owners, restaurant, and store owners have been welcoming and cooperative as well. We also thank Mayor Rahm Emanuel for his support as well.” I mentioned that one of the cast members, David Eigenberg was from here as well. He was so great when we interviewed him last fall. Actually all of the family from Firehouse #51 are all great characters and I complimented her on their creation as well. ”
“Our secondary characters really drive the show and it has been great to have such committed actors to portray these characters.” she stated. I also pointed out the great story lines of the major characters like Casey and Severide as well. Severide aka Taylor Kinney has proven to be the very visual man about town thanks to his girlfriend, singer Lady Gaga. “We are very happy with Taylor. We had about about thirty guys come in and audition for the part and he blew us away.” When asked about the direction the series was headed in Season Two, Danielle couldn’t spill all the beans. She did tell me that the season finale which airs next Wednesday will contain some intense cliff hangers. “In a fire house things change , people come and go. We are based on real situations rather than contrived ones like on a sitcom. We are blessed with talented actors who bring these characters to life. The characters have a tendency to bring their emotional baggage with them as they go on each call. Each character has so many layers and we have just scratched the surface.” Gelber added.
Danielle is no stranger to television herself. Before this , she worked at the cable network “Showtime” She was instrumental in developing such shows as “The Big C” , “The L Word” and “Episodes.” She welcomed the chance to work with television legend , Dick Wolf. “We have been friends for years and when the opportunity arose to work with him, I felt it was the perfect next step. He’s a great guy.” she stated.
As for Chicago itself, Danielle couldn’t say enough about what she loves about it. She commented on how beautiful the architecture was and how great it was to utilize it for the show. She wants to spend more time at one of her favorite places the The Art Institute of Chicago. When I mentioned how we cover the fashion scene as well, she said that would excite her daughter who has an early interest in fashion. Danielle raved about a couple of her favorite eating places, Rosebud and The Publican. Her husband can’t stop talking about hot dog emporium Hot Doug’s. The one thing she can’t wait to do is just to take a walk by Lake Michigan. “It’s the best.” she simply stated.
Chicago Fire returns this fall for its second season. More drama and emotion is on the way for the crew.