TV Review: THE CHICAGO CODE – Season 1 – “Mike Royko’s Revenge” – Series Finale

Jason Clarke and Matt Lauria in THE CHICAGO CODE - Season 1 - "Mike Royko's Revenge" | ©2011 Fox/Jeffrey Garland

Stars: Delroy Lindo, Billy Lush, Matt Lauria, Jennifer Beals, Jason Clarke, Devin Kelley and Todd Williams Writer: Shawn Ryan, Director: Lesli Linka Glatter Network: Fox, airs Monday nights Original Telecast: May 23, 2011 With the news last week that THE CHICAGO CODE was canceled, it didn’t bode well for how the season and now series final “Mike Royko’s Revenge” was going to wrap up. Would it be a cliffhanger or would everything get tied up in a neat little bow? Were the producers prepared for a conclusion in the off-chance it didn’t get renewed? And strangely, it ended, exactly how …Read On »

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Exclusive Interviews: Devin Kelley, Todd Williams & Billy Lush are THE CHICAGO CODE finest

Todd Williams and Devin Kelley in THE CHICAGO CODE - Season 1 - "St. Valentine's Day Massacre"| ©2011 Fox/Justin Stephens

On Fox’s THE CHICAGO CODE, which has its series finale tonight at 9 PM, a group of police officers under the direction of Police Commissioner Colvin (Jennifer Beals) are trying to take down corrupt Alderman Gibbons (Delroy Lindo), while other beat cops, unaware of the operation, go about the daily business of stopping crime. Devin Kelley and Todd Williams play patrol officer partners Vonda Wysocki and Isaac Joiner, respectively, while Billy Lush plays undercover officer Liam Hennessey. The three actors stand together to talk about their experiences working in CHICAGO. [Editor’s Note: These interviews took place before the recent announcement …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: THE CHICAGO CODE doesn’t silence actor Jason Clarke

Jason Clarke in THE CHICAGO CODE | ©2011 Fox/Justin Stephens

Jason Clarke has been so good at playing conflicted Rhode Island politician Tommy Caffee on three seasons of Showtime’s crime drama BROTHERHOOD, and now Chicago-born police detective Jarek Wysocki on Fox’s THE CHICAGO CODE, which has its series finale tonight at 9 PM, that people may be surprised to learn the actor is actually Australian (this may come as less of a surprise to viewers who know Clarke as Jenek from FARSCAPE.) In a soft, lilting accent very unlike Wysocki’s tough tones, Clarke talks about his time filming CODE in Chicago, including some startling incidents that he observed while doing …Read On »

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TV Review: THE CHICAGO CODE – Season 1 – “Greylord and Gambat”

Billy Lush in THE CHICAGO CODE - Season 1 - "Greylord and Gambat" | ©2011 Fox/Jeffrey Garland

Stars: Delroy Lindo, Billy Lush, Matt Lauria, Jennifer Beals, Jason Clarke, Devin Kelley and Todd Williams Writer: Virgil Williams Director: Paris Barclay Network: Fox, airs Monday nights Original Telecast: May 16, 2011 As much as the networks are loath (or maybe that’s terrified) to embrace serialized TV series (preferring the more repeatable standalone procedurals), there’s something to be said for shows with ongoing arcs. Case is in point is the recently canceled THE CHICAGO CODE and its penultimate episode “Greylord and Gambat.” Unlike many of the episodes that followed a specific crime which usually had some peripheral tie to our …Read On »

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TV Review: THE CHICAGO CODE – Season 1 – “Black Sox”

Delroy Lindo in THE CHICAGO CODE - Season 1 - "Black Sox" | ©2011 Fox/Jeffrey Garland

Stars: Delroy Lindo, Billy Lush, Matt Lauria, Jennifer Beals, Jason Clarke, Devin Kelley and Todd Williams Writer: Heather Mitchell & Kevin Townsley Director: Michael Offer Network: Fox, airs Monday nights Original Telecast: May 9, 2011 There have only been a couple of episodes of THE CHICAGO CODE that haven’t lived up to the show’s enormous potential, and sadly “Black Sox” is one of them. The police procedural elements, usually so dead-on perfect and engaging prove to be unspectacular, while all the ongoing personal drama keeps this episode from going completely to the dogs. The story begins with a hate crime …Read On »

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TV Review: THE CHICAGO CODE – Season 1 – “Bathhouse & Hinky Dink”

Jason Clarke and Jennifer Beals in THE CHICAGO CODE - Season 1 - Bathhouse and Hinky Dink | ©2011 Fox/Peter Sorel

Stars: Delroy Lindo, Billy Lush, Matt Lauria, Jennifer Beals, Jason Clarke, Devin Kelley and Todd Williams Writers: Patrick Massett & John Zinman Director: Terrence O’Hare Network: Fox, airs Monday nights Original Telecast: May 2, 2011 A corrupt city official who walked after a jury is hung is the centerpiece of the “Bathhouse & Hinky Dink” episode of THE CHICAGO CODE. With only a couple of days to find enough dirt on this official to keep him from walking before all charges are dropped it’s up to cops Wysocki (Jason Clarke) and Evers (Matt Lauria) to work fast. Superintendent Colvin (Jennifer …Read On »

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TV Review: THE CHICAGO CODE – Season 1 – “St. Valentine’s Day Massacre”

John Heard in THE CHICAGO CODE - Season 1 - "St. Valentines Day" |©2011 Fox/Jeffrey Garland

Stars: Delroy Lindo, Billy Lush, Matt Lauria, Jennifer Beals, Jason Clarke, Devin Kelley and Todd Williams Writers:  Christal Henry Director: Michael Offer Network: Fox, airs Monday nights Original Telecast: April 19, 2011 Is anyone else out there realizing what a great show THE CHICAGO CODE is? Sure, we’ve been pounding the pavement proclaiming what a brilliant and entertaining show this is, but why is the praise so hard to come by with the rest of mainstream media? THE CHICAGO CODE, week after week, has proven to be a show that’s smart, well-written and engrossing. It doesn’t do things the easy …Read On »

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TV Review: THE CHICAGO CODE – Season 1 – “Wild Onions”

Jason Clarke and Matt Lauria in THE CHICAGO CODE - Season 1 - "Wild Onions" | ©2011 Fox/Jeffery Garland

Stars: Delroy Lindo, Billy Lush, Matt Lauria, Jennifer Beals, Jason Clarke, Devin Kelley and Todd Williams Writers:  Virgil Williams Director:  Adam Arkin Network: Fox, airs Monday nights Original Telecast: April 11, 2011 THE CHICAGO CODE does it again with another exceptional episode “Wild Onions” which finds the police force handling all the crazies during a summer heatwave that produces rolling blackouts and an increase in crime. This simple premise is executed beautifully by writer Virgil Williams and director Adam Arkin. The episode isn’t so much about one major story, but rather mini-vignettes that give us more face time with our …Read On »

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TV Review: THE CHICAGO CODE – Season 1 – “Black Hand and the Shotgun Man”

Billy Lush and Delroy Lindo in THE CHICAGO CODE - Season 1 - "Black Hand and the Shotgun Man" | ©2011 Fox/Jeffrey Garland

Stars: Delroy Lindo, Billy Lush, Matt Lauria, Jennifer Beals, Jason Clarke, Devin Kelley and Todd Williams Writers:  Davey Holmes Director:  Billy Gierhart Network: Fox, airs Monday nights Original Telecast: March 21, 2011 Grade: B+ Whereas last week’s episode of THE CHICAGO CODE felt a little too conventional for its own good, this week’s “Black Hand and the Shotgun Man” finds the show back on solid footing. A drug kingpin is caught by the police who soon discover the reason he had a bag full of cash was to pay a ransom on his 7-year old son who was kidnapped. From …Read On »

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TV Review: THE CHICAGO CODE – Season 1 – “The Gold Coin Kid”

Matt Lauria in THE CHICAGO CODE - Season 1 - "The Gold Coin Kid" | ©2011 Fox/Jeffrey Garland

Stars: Delroy Lindo, Billy Lush, Matt Lauria, Jennifer Beals, Jason Clarke, Devin Kelley and Todd Williams Writers: Heather Mitchell Director: Leslie Linka Glatter Network: Fox, airs Monday nights Original Telecast: March 14, 2011 THE CHICAGO CODE has done an impeccable job of delivering episodes that feel completely true to its own unique cop show universe. The melodrama is kept to a minimum, the characters are the focal points and Chicago itself is used as an additional colorful character. However, with “The Gold Coin Kid,” the show takes a warmed over LAW & ORDER esque plot and does its best to …Read On »

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