Interview with actors Oliver Platt and Marlyne Barrett, and executive producers Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider of “Chicago Med” on NBC Suzanne 3/30
This was a really enjoyable part of an NBC virtual press day panel. I love Oliver Platt. I remember first seeing him in “The Three Musketeers,” (1993), where he played Porthos. He was in many great movies and TV series. This show has an amazing cast.
From Emmy Award-winning executive producer Dick Wolf (the “Law & Order,” “Chicago” and “FBI” brands), “Chicago Med” is an emotional thrill ride through the day-to-day chaos of the city’s newest state-of-the-art trauma center and into the lives of the courageous doctors, nurses and staff who hold it all together.
Dr. Will Halstead (Nick Gehlfuss) finds his career as an emergency medicine physician in jeopardy, following his cover-up involving a serious ethics violation. Dr. Daniel Charles (Oliver Platt) remains the Sherlock Holmes of psychiatry. Sharon Goodwin (S. Epatha Merkerson), the venerable head of the city’s largest hospital, is under intense fiscal scrutiny to preserve the bottom line while continuing to ensure that all patients receive nothing short of quality care and compassion. Dr. Ethan Choi (Brian Tee), a former Navy flight surgeon and chief of the E.D., begins the season in recovery mode after being shot by a former patient. Now it’s up to the blunt but talented Dr. Dean Archer (Steven Weber) to show what he’s made of as interim chief at the helm of Chicago’s trusted and busiest ER. Maggie Lockwood (Marlyne Barrett), the charge nurse and eyes, ears and brain of the ER, is skilled and confident but finds herself dealing with profound family issues of her own. Ace surgeon Dr. Crockett Marcel (Dominic Rains), the New Orleans-raised surgeon with a breezy manner, has finally started to let his guard down, earning the respect of his colleagues. And now two new doctors have joined the E.D. family. Dr. Stevie Hammer (Kristen Hager) is a brilliant, scrappy emergency medicine doctor with a surprising past and Dr. Dylan Scott (Guy Lockard) is an ex-cop who’s doing a dual residency in emergency medicine and pediatrics.
Together they will confront Chicago’s most critical medical cases and challenging ethical dilemmas with courage, compassion and state-of-the-art treatment. Inspired by ripped-from-the-headlines cases, “Chicago Med” will weave cutting-edge medicine with the personal drama that comes with working in such a high-intensity environment. Through it all, familiar faces from “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago P.D” will intertwine with Chicago’s finest medical heroes.
Dick Wolf, Diane Frolov, Andrew Schneider, Stephen Hootstein, Derek Haas, Arthur Forney, Matt Olmstead, Michael Brandt and Peter Jankowski are executive producers.
“Chicago Med” is produced by Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group, in association with Wolf Entertainment.
Dr. Daniel Charles, “Chicago Med”
A multiple Emmy, SAG and Golden Globe Award-nominated actor, Platt’s resume includes recent roles in “Professor Marston and the Wonder Women,” which was nominated for a Saturn Award; “The Ticket,” with Malin Akerman and Dan Stevens; Warren Beatty’s “Rules Don’t Apply,” starring Alden Ehrenreich; “Shut In,” opposite Naomi Watts; “Chef,” opposite Jon Favreau and Dustin Hoffman; “Kill the Messenger,” opposite Jeremy Renner; and Noah Hawley’s Golden Globe-winning television adaptation of “Fargo” for FX.
Platt was featured in the HBO documentary “Love, Marilyn” and the telepic “Bessie,” where he plays writer and artistic photographer Carl Van Vechten. He also co-starred in Showtime’s “The Big C,” starring Laura Linney. Previously, he played George Steinbrenner on the ESPN miniseries “The Bronx is Burning,” opposite John Turturro.
Platt made his producing debut on the indie film “Big Night,” which was co-directed by Stanley Tucci and Campbell Scott. He would later reteam with Tucci in “The Impostors,” which was nominated for the Un Certain Regard Award at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival.
Maggie Lockwood, “Chicago Med”
Recently, Barrett earned her a NAMIC Vision Award nomination for Best Performance-Drama.
Before starring in “Chicago Med,” Barrett was known to audiences for her dynamic portrayal of Council President Nerese Campbell on the critically acclaimed HBO series “The Wire.” She was also Ian McShane’s trustworthy attaché, Tomasina, on NBC’s “Kings” as well as played Felicia Marquand on the popular F/X series “Damages,” opposite Glenn Close and Rose Byrne. In addition, she appeared on John Ridley’s ABC series “American Crime.”
Barrett’s feature credits include “Hitch,” the 2005 Will Smith comedy, and the indie “Quest,” for director Santiago Rizzo. Barrett also executive produced and starred in the Oscar-nominated short film “Night Call.” A film festival favorite, the acclaimed film went on to earn more than 40 awards, including eight best short film awards (including the Short Film Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival), four best of best/audience awards, and three best lead actress awards. Barrett also appeared opposite Marisa Tomei in the independent feature “After Everything,” which was in competition at SXSW and later released in theaters.
After directing more than 20 regional theater productions in New York, Barrett will make her directorial film debut with “Haimerican,” a short film she also wrote and produced. The film will have its premiere at the Cannes International Pan African Film Festival in October 2020.
Barrett, who is Haitian-American, was born in Brooklyn and grew up in Montreal. She currently divides her time between Chicago and Los Angeles and is happily married to Gavin W. Barrett. Coming from a family of doctors, Barrett promised her parents she would get a nursing degree before pursuing an acting career. A registered nurse, Barrett now has the honor and pleasure of playing one on television.
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