Steppenwolf Theatre vet Amy Morton joins police force on 'Chicago PD'

Written By Sun-Times Wire Posted: 11/14/2013, 01:09pm

Another alum of Starz’s “Boss” has landed a job on one of Dick Wolf’s Chicago-based dramas: Amy Morton will play a desk sergeant with attitude on NBC’s upcoming “Chicago Fire” spin-off, “Chicago PD.”

“She’s a very gruff, sarcastic desk sergeant and does an amazing job at it,” showrunner Matt Olmstead said about the Oak Park-born actress, who lives in Lincoln Square.

The Steppenwolf Theatre veteran, most recently seen on TV in small parts on Showtime’s “Homeland” and CBS’ “Blue Bloods,” did a turn as State Sen. Catherine Walsh on the second and final season of “Boss.” That political drama, like “Fire” and “PD,” was filmed at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios on the West Side. Several “Boss” actors have found work on “Fire.”

Jeff Hephner is one of several "Boss" actors who've found work on "Chicago Fire." (Photo courtesy of NBC)

Jeff Hephner is one of several “Boss” actors who’ve found work on “Chicago Fire.” (Photo courtesy of NBC)

“Chicago PD” was first introduced to viewers in a so-called backdoor pilot in the penultimate episode last season on “Fire.” In that episode, the desk sergeant role was played by J.B. Smoove (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”). Smoove — and several actors featured in that installment — won’t be in “PD” when it premieres Jan. 8. He joined the cast of Will Arnett’s freshman CBS comedy “The Millers.”
J.B. Smoove in the CBS comedy "The Millers." (Photo courtesy CBS)

J.B. Smoove in the CBS comedy “The Millers.” (Photo courtesy CBS)

Smoove’s character on the “PD” pilot injected some humor to the series, and Morton’s character will do the same, Olmstead said.

“It’s a nice tonic to the heavier aspects we deal with on the show,” he said about Morton’s role, billed as a recurring guest star. “She runs the place. She likes to really go after people.”

One of those people is patrol officer Kim Burgess, played by Northwestern University theater grad Marina Squerciati (“The Americans”).

“She and I pretty much go toe-to-toe in every episode,” Squerciati said about Morton’s character, Platt. “She makes my life a living hell.”

The 13-episode season of “Chicago PD” debuts at 9 p.m. Jan. 8 on WMAQ-Channel 5.

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