Sophia Bush Inks Talent, Development Deal With 20th Century Fox TV (THR)

Exciting news, fellow Sophia fans! Our girl has landed a development deal with 20th Century Fox TV, which both lands her a role in an upcoming comedy or drama pilot for the studio, as well as projects she’ll develop and executive produce. The Hollywood Reporter were the ones to break the story, and you can read their article below – we can’t wait to see what this will have in store for Sophia.

The Hollywood Reporter | The former ‘Chicago P.D.’ actress will star in an upcoming pilot produced by the studio. Five months after walking away from her starring role on NBC’s Chicago P.D., Sophia Bush is plotting her TV return.

The actress and activist has inked a talent holding and development deal with 20th Century Fox Television, the studio announced Thursday. Sources say Bush fielded multiple offers, including from Chicago P.D. producers Universal Television, but ultimately signed with 20th.

Under the pact, Bush will star in an upcoming comedy or drama pilot for the studio as well as develop and executive produce additional projects for the company.

“Now more than ever, vital female voices need to be heard. I’m thrilled to begin developing content that inspires and excites me at 20th Century Fox TV,” said Bush.

In addition to playing a detective for four seasons on Chicago P.D. and her longtime run on The CW’s One Tree Hill, Bush has been vocal as an activist. She campaigned for former President Barack Obama, and has supported gay rights and same-sex marriage on top of environmental issues, among other causes.

“We’ve been great admirers of Sophia for years and after meeting, we knew we wanted to be in business with her,” said Fox TV Group exec vp casting Sharon Klein. “She’s smart, she’s passionate and she brings great ideas and energy to the table. This deal is about developing with her as well as casting her into a comedy or drama this pilot season. She’s a giant TV star and we’re thrilled to have her exclusively at FTG.”

Bush’s credits include features Marshall, John Tucker Must Die and the upcoming Acts of Violence. She is repped by CAA, Untitled and Jackoway Tyerman.

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‘Chicago P.D.’ Boss Breaks Down Sophia Bush’s “Meaningful” Onscreen Farewell (THR)

New showrunner Rick Eid also discusses Halstead’s struggles in the premiere episode and Voight’s “toughest opponent yet”.[Warning: This story contains spoilers from Wednesday’s season five premiere of Chicago P.D., “Reform.”]

Det. Erin Lindsay (Sophia Bush) is gone but definitely not forgotten. Chicago P.D. opened its season five premiere with a tribute to the now-former member of the Intelligence Unit, a series of clips showing everything from her recounting when Voight (Jason Beghe) and his late wife took her in off the streets as a troubled teen to her rollercoaster relationship with partner and beau Halstead (Jesse Lee Soffer) to, finally, her accepting a job with the FBI in New York from the season four finale, just as Halstead was about to propose.

The first new season five footage also hit hard on her exit, first with Halstead going back to her now-empty apartment and finding a picture of the two of them together, and then with Voight telling a stranger about how difficult it was to say goodbye to the woman he thought of as a daughter.

Even as Halstead dealt with the blowout from accidentally shooting a little girl during a bust, he asked Voight if he had heard from Lindsay. The answer? A definitive no. “Look, it was time for her to move on,” Voight told him. “You need to make peace with it.”

And with that, the new Chicago P.D. — after all the season premiere is titled “Reform” — got down to business. The hour set up new tensions between Voight and his boss (Esai Morales) as well as the new independent auditor, his old partner Denny Woods (Mykelti Williamson). The premiere also set the stage for Antonio’s (Jon Seda) full-time return to Intelligence (following the cancellation of Chicago Justice) and also began to lay the groundwork for Halstead’s new partnership with Det. Upton (Tracy Spiridakos), even as he struggled to cope with not only Lindsay’s absence but the fact that he accidentally shot and killed a little girl.

There was also some movement on the romantic front, when Burgess (Marina Squerciati) informed ex-fiance Ruzek (Patrick John Flueger) that she was seeming someone new despite their kiss midway through season four.

New Chicago P.D. showrunner Rick Eid answered all of THR’s burning questions about Burgess and Ruzek’s “intense romantic connection,” Voight’s “toughest opponent yet,” and to get the behind-the-scenes story on Lindsay’s “meaningful” farewell.

The season five premiere opens with flashbacks of Lindsay’s time on P.D. You could have easily gone the Law & Order route and not made mention of her exit, so why did you think it was best to acknowledge her absence and in this way? Why was this the right way to start the episode?

We knew the unit would feel Lindsay’s absence in a meaningful way. Voight saw her as a surrogate daughter, Halstead wanted to propose to her last season, and she’s been an integral part of Intelligence from the start. So it felt right to acknowledge this new reality in the premiere.

We also see Voight getting emotional when talking with someone about Lindsay leaving Chicago. Can we assume this is some kind of therapy? Will he be going back? What makes him open up in such a way about her leaving?

Voight is a complicated character who has a hard time opening up to friends and colleagues. He’s more likely to open up to a perfect stranger. The woman he meets with in the premiere is more of a surrogate therapist than a professional psychologist. He may visit with this woman again. You’ll have to watch.

(Read Full Article/Interview at The Hollywood Reporter)

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