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10/11/2012 07:25 am ET | Updated Oct 11, 2012

'Chicago Fire' Premiere: Are Hot Fires And Hot Firefighters Enough To Make A Hot Show? (VIDEO)

NBC premiered their latest project from Dick Wolf: "Chicago Fire," which shines a spotlight on the world of firefighters in Chicago. The premiere had plenty of blazing action, but was it at the expense of character development, as TV.com thought?

The two characters who go the most face-time also had the most clear-cut relationship. In the cold open, a firefighter died fighting a fire, while Jesse Spencer plays Lt. Matthew Casey, was on the ladder and by his side until the end. Kelly Severide, played by Taylor Kinney, blamed Casey for his death and was still blaming him a month later.

That about summed up all of their interactions throughout the episode. The two were on the verge of physically assaulting one another on multiple occasions, while every other interaction was through clenched jaws.

The show hasn't been well-received by most critics, with USA Today describing the generic -- but all too typical -- formula that must have been behind the show, writing, "Carefully remove every shred of originality or excitement, and you're left with that kind of well-funded mediocrity that marks so many broadcast series."

Will you drop by "Chicago Fire" for more visits, Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET on NBC.

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