Since it launched in 2014, One Chicago has become one of the most successful TV franchises going, with three hit shows each nearing or exceeding the 10-season mark. Launching in 2012 with “Chicago Fire,” it was followed by the police procedural “Chicago P.D.,” whose main cast included Sophia Bush as Detective Erin Lindsay. Then best known for her role as Brooke Davis on “One Tree Hill,” she was a pillar of “P.D.,” playing a stalwart cop who’d do anything to catch the crooks. What she wouldn’t do, however, was put up with drama on the set.
“I programmed myself to tolerate the intolerable,” the actress said during an appearance on the podcast, “Armchair Expert.” She described how the production pushed its cast and crew to extremes, often having them work outdoors in subzero temperatures, and “a constant barrage of abusive behavior.”
Ahead of filming her fourth and final season of the series, Bush had attempted to raise her concerns, telling producers she wouldn’t continue on the series if things didn’t change. In the end, nothing did, and Bush walked away, claiming it was for the good of her own personal health. “Part of the big break for me in saying, ‘No. I don’t necessarily know what it is, but I know that what’s happening is not good for me and everything has to change.’ That was a big cutoff point when I quit my job.”