NBC’s “One Chicago” franchise continues to be a truly impressive small-screen franchise for the network. The television franchise currently boasts three hit shows, each of which focuses on a different branch of its titular city’s first responders, including police officers (“Chicago P.D.”), emergency medical professionals (“Chicago Med”), and firefighters (“Chicago Fire”). The franchise, of course, kicked off when “Chicago Fire” made its network premiere in the fall of 2012, and that series has aired almost 200 episodes in the years since then. While it’s largely done so with the same principal cast members in place as well, “Chicago Fire” has also supplemented its core cast with as solid a crew of supporting characters and actors as any show on the air right now.
It’s safe to say, though, that one of the more popular supporting actors to have come and gone on “Chicago Fire” is Sarah Shahi, who portrayed Renée Royce — the love interest of Taylor Kinney’s Kelly Severide — for 10 episodes across the show’s first and sixth seasons. Her popularity was partly because her character’s arc over those 10 episodes was truly intriguing, with her fiery attorney wrapping fan-favorite Kelly into a romance that can only be described as, well, complicated.