How do you get the best results in this sensitive and challenging environment where you've got a bunch of people telling you you're doing it the wrong way?
Speaking about the ensemble, there were a couple changes that happened over the summer, the first one being Sophia Bush's exit. There's nothing specific on the table right now so I don't really have a comment on that right now.
fans are already well aware that the Intelligence Unit is going to look a little different when the cop drama returns for season five. Erin Lindsay (Sophia Bush) will have left for that FBI gig in New York, with Det. But there's a new name behind the scenes as well with the addition of new showrunner Rick Eid.
Antonio Dawson (Jon Seda), who comes back to Intelligence after a brief stint at the State's Attorney's office.
I don't think his moral compass has changed or his code of ethics has changed necessarily.
I think early in the season, he's still grappling with what happened with Lindsay and he's probably not great dating material early in the season.I think they'll probably handle it differently because they're different characters but I think her absence is definitely something they'll feel. It's definitely addressed in the season premiere and from time to time, we'll feel it, whenever it feels right for the characters. Not only were they romantically involved but that was his longtime partner so what's coming up for him in the wake of her exit?Sometimes you might not even be talking about it but you might think that's what's going on, for example with Halstead. He's a really interesting character in that he tries so hard to do the right thing all the time and that's a great character, especially in such a challenging job, to have that kind of compass. in the season premiere, he's involved in a situation that affects him so the combination of those things sort of throws him off balance.Jay Halstead (Jesse Lee Soffer) after the exit of his longtime partner (and girlfriend), Erin. Why did you want to make the move to take over on specifically?I love the show and I love the complexity of the characters and the ability to… There's a lot of moral ambiguity in this show that I thought would be fun to explore. I'm trying my best to do that, but there was nothing specific. The big thing that we're trying to do is really attach the show to Chicago 2017, and to make the episodes in the show feel like it's in the middle of that complex city right now.As a smart, instinctive creature, he's going to adapt and figure out how to do his job the best way possible in the new environment. Given everything that's going on in the city right now, what kind of research have you been doing to tell these kinds of stories? We have a great technical consultant who's a producer with the show, Brian Luce, who's a longtime Chicago policeman, so I talked to him a lot.Look, the news is filled right now with what's going on across the country and it's not just in Chicago so I think there's a lot to draw on.The chief of police and superintendent has designated an independent auditor to oversee the police department and that independent auditor will be Mykelti Williamson [who played Voight's old partner Lt. So we're literally introducing an authoritative figure who is charged with overseeing the Chicago Police Department and making sure it operates in an appropriate way and in conformity with new guidelines and regulations.You spoke about the moral ambiguity of the show, and Voight (Jason Beghe) specifically comes to mind.We did as much research as we could into this but at the end of the day, it's still a television show. It's not meant to be a documentary on the Chicago police department so we may take liberties at times for dramatic purposes.Looking broadly at the characters this season, what would you say is the theme of season five? I think the theme for the season probably is the idea of reform.