NBC is hoping to fill the television gulf left by FX's Rescue Me with its new firefighter drama Chicago Fire. It's also looking to fill the gulf left by Jeffrey DeMunn's exit from the Walking Dead last season by casting Jeffrey DeMunn in a guest role on Chicago Fire.
It's unknown which episode DeMunn will appear in, but we do know that he'll be playing a construction worker trapped in a traumatic situation who needs Lieutenant Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney) to save him. We're guessing that this "traumatic situation" is probably a fire.
DeMunn memorably portrayed apocalypse survivor Dale Horvath in AMC's The Walking Dead. However, he departed from the series earlier this year after his character was killed off in the episode "Judge, Jury, Executioner." His departure from the series came shortly after executive producer Frank Darabont's firing. Shortly after departing from The Walking Dead, DeMunn, who has a close relationship with Darabont, signed onto the Shawshank Redemption director's new series for TNT, L.A. Noir. He'll appear alongside fellow Walking Dead alum Jon Bernthal.
Chicago Fire will focus on firefighters and paramedics working at the Chicago Fire Department. The show stars Jesse Spencer (House), Taylor Kinney, Charlie Barnett, Monica Raymund, Lauren German, Eamonn Walker, David Eigenberg, Merle Dandridge, and Teri Reeves. The series will be executive produced by Dick Wolf, creator of the Law & Order franchise.
DeMunn is not the only guest star confirmed for the series; Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is slated to appear in the show's pilot episode as himself, in exchange for the show donating to the Firefighters' Widows and Orphans Fund.
Chicago Fire is slated to premiere October 10, 2012 on NBC.