Back in May during the network upfronts, we got our first look at the all-new police drama Ride Along from Shawn Ryan (The Shield, Terriers), and since then the series has been in production in the Windy City of Chicago awaiting their mid-season premiere. However, Deadline reported recently the series decided to go with The Chicago Code for their official title. In addition, a press release from Fox today announced that the awaited series will finally premiere the day after the Super Bowl on February 7th at 9/8c. While more numbers might have hit the show right after the big game, apparently Fox has already slated an episode of Glee to follow the football festivities (because if there’s one thing football fans love, it’s glitz, glamor and musicals). More details on the new police drama after the jump.
As far as the title change goes, creator Shawn Ryan commented, “Changing the title from Ride-Along to The Chicago Code reflects our belief that this is more than just a cop show. It’s not just about the police, but also politics, the Midwest, history, Government corruption and the city’s code. Plus adding ‘Chicago’ to anything is always a good idea.” Shot on location in Chicago, the series follows the city’s most powerful and respected cops as they navigate the city’s underbelly to fight crime and expose corruption within Chicago’s notorious political machine. For more details, check out the press release below:
THE CHICAGO CODE (formerly titled “Ride-Along”), the distinctive new police drama from critically acclaimed creator Shawn Ryan (“The Shield”), will make its anticipated series debut Monday, Feb. 7 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Shot on location in Chicago, THE CHICAGO CODE follows the Windy City’s most powerful and respected cops as they navigate the city’s underbelly to fight crime and expose corruption within Chicago’s notorious political machine.
Starring Jason Clarke (“Brotherhood”) and Jennifer Beals (“The L Word”), the fast-paced series centers on JAREK WYSOCKI (Clarke), a local legend and a larger-than-life veteran of the Chicago Police Department who wields considerable power thanks to his relationship with TERESA COLVIN (Beals), his ex-partner and the city’s first female superintendent, now in charge of a 10,000-member police force. While Teresa diplomatically governs amidst the complicated landscape of Chicago politics, Jarek works the streets on a crusade to clean up crime and avenge his brother’s murder. Along the way, they face powerful adversaries, including ALDERMAN RONIN GIBBONS (Delroy Lindo, “Kidnapped”), a building-magnate-turned-politician who has ruled his ward with a velvet glove for over two decades.
Joining Jarek on the street is CALEB EVERS (Matt Lauria, “Friday Night Lights”), an eager young detective trying desperately to prove himself. Also in Jarek’s charge is his niece, VONDA WYSOCKI (Devin Kelley, “Tease”), a rookie beat copper whose father – Jarek’s brother – was killed in the line of duty when she was young. Jarek keeps close tabs on her and is less than thrilled with the risk-taking ways of her cocky hotshot partner, ISAAC JOINER (Todd Williams, “CSI”). Also in the mix is low-life LIAM HENNESSEY (Billy Lush, “The Black Donnellys”), an Irish thug who blends in with the gritty world of local crime.
THE CHICAGO CODE is a production of 20th Century Fox Television and MiddKid Productions. The series is written and executive-produced by Shawn Ryan and Tim Minear (“Dollhouse”). Charles McDougall (“Big Love”) also directed and executive-produced the pilot episode.