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CHICAGO — On Wednesday night, the storylines of all four Chicago franchise shows, "Chicago Fire," "Chicago P.D.," "Chicago Med," and "Chicago Justice," intersected into three hours of exciting TV.

Ahead of the crossover episode, KSL visited the set.

For Dick Wolf and NBC, their homage to the Windy City began back in 2012 with the first show, "Chicago Fire."

Before KSL could even walk onto the burn stage in Chicago, there was a safety briefing. Scenes involving raging fire and high temperatures have played out dozens of times in the show's five-year history, but they never get easier.

"We're dealing with real fire every episode, so you can't let your guard down," Rick Lefevour, the show's stunt coordinator, said. "There's no fake fire or movie fire. It's all real fire."

The flames are real, but more importantly, the people being portrayed are too.

"Everybody on the cast is committed to telling an accurate, quality story because the people (in the firefighting profession) deserve that," said Miranda Rae Mayo, a cast member on "Chicago Fire."

"Chicago P.D." is an extremely technical show. KSL watched as the crew performed a car chase and car flip, one of the shows many stunts.

"My heart still races," said "Chicago P.D." cast member LaRoyce Hawkins. "This is what people like to see on the show, and I think they're surprised sometimes at how far the action can go."

That action will likely continue for years to come.

On Wednesday night, NBC introduced its newest member of the Chicago family into the storyline. "Chicago Justice" takes viewers into the courtroom.

"This is where it happens right here," said "Chicago Justice" cast member Philip Winchester, motioning to the show's set. "This is usually where I'm pacing, doing big speeches and big monologues at the end of an episode."

The set is actually a replica of Chicago's Cook County Courthouse. The same writers behind NBC hit show "Law and Order" are on board.

"Just like 'Law and Order,' we want to take stuff out of the headlines that is relevant," Winchester said. "It's all coming from this great writing too."

So, whether it's in Chicago's homes, on the streets, or now in the courtroom, the cast of all four shows have viewers covered.


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