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When he strikes gold, Dick Wolf loves to spin-off his shows. Law & Order spawned Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order: Trial by Jury and Law & Order: LA. A reality version is even in the works from the 68-year-old producer.

His latest, Chicago franchise, is quickly catching up. Chicago Fire premiered first with Chicago P.D. following shortly thereafter. The latest installment, Chicago Med, just premiered this week. With it scoring solid ratings, I wouldn’t be surprised if NBC ordered up another spin-off from Wolf.

If they’re stuck which of the Windy City’s public servants they should put the spotlight on next, might I suggest this Funny or Die sketch. Since Wolf loves to recycle, perhaps waste management should be his next inspiration.

Sam Page and Derek Theler star in FOD’s Chicago Sanitation. Check out the hilarity below. “You sort garbage better than anyone on this team, so why can’t you sort out your life?,” is just one of the gems in this parody.

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NBC & CW Announce Several Show Renewals

In: Donovan, TV Shows

It’s that time of year when networks start announcing show renewals. While some are expected, many viewers, including myself, wonder about their favorite on-the-bubble series. Both The CW and NBC gave the official word on two and five dramas respectively. See if your favorites made it to Fall 2013.

First up is The CW. The network previously announced Supernatural, Vampire Diaries and Arrow were returning. Joining the trio on the fall schedule are Beauty and the Beast and Hart of Dixie. Despite having dedicated fans, both shows were iffy to return due to mediocre ratings. Reportedly, both are solid digital performers– DVR and online.

In a somewhat surprising twist, the network also gave the greenlight for The Vampire Diaires spinoff. The backdoor pilot which aired this past Thursday garnered fewer numbers than a normal Diaries episode, but The Originals is a go for next season. Still waiting to hear their fate are Nikita and The Carrie Diaries. Hopefully, both earn another year as well. They’re two of my favorite on The CW.

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Man Crush: Jesse Spencer

In: Donovan, Totally GAY!

Some men get better with age and that couldn’t be truer than with Jesse Spencer. The 34-year-old actor looks smoking hot on NBC’s Chicago Fire. Time has certainly served him well… that or his fireman gear. What can I say? I have a thing for uniforms. I’m sure I’m not alone. Since I already featured his co-star Taylor Kinney, it was time for Spencer to have his very own Man Crush post.

Most North American viewers know Spencer for playing Dr. Robert Chase on House. Did you know Jesse plays the violin and is in the group, Band from TV, with his former House co-star Hugh Laurie? Here’s another fun fact. Patrick Dempsey also auditioned for the role, but lost out to the Aussie. Dempsey bounced back with a little show called Grey’s Anatomy. Can you imagine if things had worked out for McDreamy?

Jesse was born in Melbourne, Australia. His first major acting gig, like many Aussie actors in Hollywood, was for the popular soap Neighbours. His other notable acting credits include Uptown Girls with Brittany Murphy and playing the love interest in Katharine McPhee’s “Say Goodbye” music video.

Currently, he’s in a relationship actress Michelle Borth. The two have been dating since 2010. Previously, he was with his House co-star Jennifer Morrison who now stars in ABC’s Once Upon A Time. Check out what both these ladies had the pleasure of waking up to every morning below. Jesse is one cute Aussie.

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I love watching footage or clips of live news anchor bloopers and the video you’re about to watch definitely falls into that category.

WGN-TV Morning News anchors Larry Potash and Robin Baumgarten “winged” their way through the footage of a faux crash near 29th Street and Martin Luther King Drive in Chicago, around 8am this past Friday. The describe what they’re able to see from the footage they’re seeing on the screen until they get word through their ear piece that what they’re seeing is actually for a television show.

Once they were told what was actually going on, a baffled and annoyed Baumgarten then keeps repeating, “Are you kidding me!?” She adds, “They might want to tell the news folks when they’re doing this and shutting down King Drive.” Watch the clip of all of this below.

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Which of the above shows did you watch last night? Did Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere’s diva battle lure in viewers? Or did Chicago Fire’s hunky fireman smother the competition? Perhaps the CW’s Arrow hit the bullseye with viewers? In the short of it, all of them were winners in their own right. Below are the positives and negatives of each show.

In terms of sheer overall numbers, ABC’s Nashville beat the newbies with 9 million viewers and beat it’s 10pm rivals in the coveted 18-49 demo as well. Though it was the best-reviewed new drama of the Fall season, it’s debut was down 15 percent from Revenge in the same slot last year. Also a bit worrisome is the fact Nashville had the worst audience retention from its first half to its second among the new shows. Truth be told, I was tempted to give up halfway as well. I was a little bored to tears, but the second half showed a glimmer of promise. It’ll be interesting to see the show’s second episode numbers next week.

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NBC’s Chicago Fire finally premieres this week on Thursday, October 10. It’s about friggin’ time, if you ask me. I don’t believe for one second that Dick Wolf’s firefighting drama will be anything revolutionary, but I have to thank the über producer for hiring Taylor Kinney. Now I, along with his legion of fans, can have our fill of Kinney on a weekly basis. I just hope there’s a lot of “hose” and “pole sliding” action 😉

To make sure his fans sample Chicago Fire, the 31-year-old actor poses for a couple of magazines- Bullett & Men’s Book. For Bullett, Taylor sports a bushy beard while caressing his pumped-up arms and chest. I would to, if I was him. Just look at them. For Men’s Book (appropriately enough Chicago edition), Kinney channels his inner fashionista to show Fall’s best looks. Check out both photo shoots below along with a few quotes from his interviews.

On Training With Firefighters

Yeah, it was great. We went there a few months ago to film the pilot in March and we shadowed firemen within the city. We went to three or four different firehouses. The local community and firefighters were giving us a hand and showing us the ropes of the city and the districts, where they worked, and the differences between the rescue squad, the truck guys, engine guys, and paramedics. I really saw the camaraderie between these people. It’s in their blood to be able to go and do these things on a daily basis, to put themselves in harm’s way, and then to let go when they leave work. They’re a special breed of people.

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Man Crush: Taylor Kinney

In: Donovan, Totally GAY!, TV Shows

I originally crushed on Taylor Kinney back in 2010 as he was about to make his debut as Mason Lockwood on The CW’s The Vampire Diaries. Since the 31-year-old actor is one of the stars of NBC’s upcoming Chicago Fire, I thought it was time to update this post and lust over this stud again. As two years have passed since my initial writeup, I’ve added many more photos to this post. After you check out my updated collection of Kinney’s shirtless pics, I’m sure you’ll agree he’s worth selecting as a Man Crush once again.

Kinney was raised alongside his three brothers by their single mother. Before developing an interest in acting, he studied business management at West Virginia University. Like all aspiring actors, he practiced his craft in theatre in such plays as Fallout and A Streetcar Named Desire. His feature films credits include Furnace, White Air and Diary of a Champion.

Before appearing on Chicago Fire, this Pennsylvanian native was best known as Luke Gianni on Fashion House (MyNetworkTV) and for his recurring role on NBC’s now-canceled Trauma. That all changed when he joined The Vampire Diaries cast on The CW. He became even more well known when he began shacking up with Lady Gaga. Taylor even appeared in one of her music videos. Without further ado, let’s check out his chesticles, man nips and washboard abs below.

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Who’d You Rather: Spencer VS Kinney

In: Totally GAY!, Tyrell

It’s that time of year when the major networks begin their upfronts to reveal what new shows will be hitting the airwaves this coming fall. One of the shows that caught my eye, mainly due to the sexy male leads in the cast is Chicago Fire coming to NBC. A little bit Ladder 49, a little bit Third Watch, the show follows a group of fire fighters and paramedics in the city of Chicago. I personally quite wait to check out the show… especially with these two sexy men in place.

A lot of you probably know Jesse Spencer best from his role on House. With the show coming to a close this season, it’s great to know that he won’t be taking too long of a hiatus from our small screens. This Australian born actor got his big break on the hit TV series Neighbours and made an American debut in the film Uptown Girl with Brittany Murphy. On the personal side of things, Jesse was once engaged to House former House co-star Jennifer Morrison but in 2007 announced they had called off their engagement. No rumors on who’s getting his romantic attention now.

Taylor Kinney has been featured before on our site as Donovan’s Man Crush. Taylor was studying business management in college when he suddenly took a new interest in acting. Most recently, he was seen on the CW’s Vampire Diaries and gained a lot of publicity when it was discovered he was romantically linked to none other than Lady Gaga. Now, Taylor is ready to jump on board this new show for NBC which won’t be his first time in uniform. He played the lead in the show Trauma where he played a paramedic. Can’t wait to see him in fire gear though. Yummy!

Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait until the fall to check out Jesse and Taylor together on screen in Chicago Fire, Wednesday nights on NBC. However, they are battling out today for your votes for this week’s Who’d You Rather. Cast your vote below.

Photos of the men and your vote after the jump.

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