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Television Review

‘Chicago Fire’: emergency without the urgency

It’s hard to work up a big hate or a big love for “Chicago Fire.” The new NBC series is a garden-variety action procedural, with a crew of EZ-to-read characters and story lines that start at A and finish exactly where you expect them to, at Zzz.

It’s an awful lot like “Third Watch,” the NBC series that ran from 1999 to 2005, although “Chicago Fire” doesn’t bother much with cops as it leans heavily on firefighters and paramedics. There is nothing exceptional or original about the show, other than the fact that it gives the world a fresh opportunity to gawk at Lady Gaga’s boyfriend, Taylor Kinney, who plays one of the firefighters. He’s the hot one who isn’t Jesse Spencer from “House.” In the coming weeks, of course, each of them will be allowed to remove his shirt for no particular reason.

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