Chicago PD

TV Plus (South Africa) - - 29 AUGUST -

Sea­son 2 (*194) 20:30 Ac­tion

Ac­tion series Chicago PD (2014-cur­rent) fol­lows the uni­formed street cops and the In­tel­li­gence Unit of the 21st District of the Chicago Po­lice De­part­ment. Ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Dick Wolf re­veals that he chose the city be­cause “it rep­re­sents, sort of shame­lessly, the best of US ideals and val­ues and yet at the same time it’s a very in­ter­est­ing ur­ban petri dish in which there are lots of bad things that can hap­pen on cop shows. It’s a cleaner, po­liter New York with slightly heav­ier peo­ple.” We shook down the series to un­cover what’s re­ally go­ing on…

The ex­te­rior of the sta­tion house is 1

the dis­used Maxwell Street Po­lice Sta­tion at 943 West Maxwell Street. It was also used for cop drama Hill Street Blues (1981-1987).

Su­san Kauf­man, head of wardrobe 2

on Chicago Fire (2012-cur­rent) and its spin-off series Chicago PD and Chicago Med (2015-cur­rent), colour-codes her sched­ule so she can spot at a glance which series she needs to be work­ing on at any given time.

The real-life off-duty and re­tired 3

po­lice of­fi­cers who’re cast as ex­tras ap­pear in their ac­tual uni­forms.

The cast’s uni­forms are tweaked 4

to be more at­trac­tive, but they’re still real uni­forms. “In sum­mer, I wish that our polyester uni­forms were thin­ner and in win­ter I’m wish­ing they’re thicker. A con­stant state of un­hap­pi­ness with the thick­ness of my uni­form,” jokes Ma­rina Squer­ciati (Kim Burgess).

And Sophia Bush (Erin Lind­say) re5

veals that the ac­tors had in­ten­sive train­ing. “We worked with in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cers, the SWAT team and fe­male un­der­cover of­fi­cers. We trained in pretty much ev­ery arena, high-speed chases, weapons, ev­ery­thing!

Of­fi­cers Burgess (left) and Lind­say go un­der­cover.

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