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Chicago P.D.

Well, I was there for a minute.

Since I left CSI in 2010, I had been trying to get on a Dick Wolf show. There were a few meetings, but I was never hired.

When CHICAGO P.D. premiered, I was interested, being a huge fan of its star Jason Beghe. During the time I sold real estate, Jason was looking for a house to rent and I showed him a few things before his plans changed. He was a fun client.

Once Tracy Spiradakos joined the cast in the last episodes of Season 4, I was even more interested in the show. I loved writing for her on REVOLUTION and we got along well on the few occasions we met. She’s a fantastic actor, innately fierce and natural. CHICAGO P.D. was elevated by her casting.

The request for a meeting with the CHICAGO P.D. showrunners came at a personally challenging time in my life and I almost turned it down. But I didn’t want to disappoint the executive who had been pitching for me. The meeting with Gwen Sigan and Gavin Harris went really well, but I didn’t expect anything to come from it – I’d had too many good meetings with Wolf World that didn’t result in offers. This one, though, did.

Things got off to a rocky start. This was just after a long writers’ and actors’ strike, and the industry was on shaky legs trying to bounce back to whatever normal would be now. I wasn’t given an office to write in for the first five weeks on the show. The budget was cut almost daily, and I missed having a regular writers room (most of the show is written independently, rather like home study). Even more disappointing, although I was a credited co-executive producer, no one was being sent to the set in Chicago due to (again) budget considerations, and I think the episodes suffered for the loss of an on-set writer/producer. You can only contribute so much via Zoom.

The episode I wrote, ominously titled “Escape” brought the character of Torres back to the show after a hiatus. I missed being able to work with Benjamin Levy Aguilar, the dynamic actor who plays him. I also missed working on set with Chad Saxton, who directed. Most disappointing of all, I never got to see Tracy or Jason.

In truth, I was not a good fit for the show and was somewhat relieved to be able to depart after eight episodes. I loved working with the writers: Scott Gold, Jeffrey M. Lee, Tiffany Bratcher, and Matthew Browne; and I think Gwen is a genius and Gavin is one of the best writers in television.

I’ll still be watching future seasons.


L.A. Theatre Works audio versions of many of David’s plays are now available for streaming on Spotify, including GOD’S MAN IN TEXAS, ADAM’S RIB, THE TUG OF WAR, and THE CONFESSION OF HENRY JEKYLL, M.D.


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