Among the series set to make their debut during midseason 2011 is Fox’s new cop-drama Ride-Along, which is executive produced by The Shield’s Shawn Ryan.
Set in Chicago, the series follows Jarek Wysocki (Jason Clarke), a local cop with a legendary reputation. He’s also known for going through partners quicker than most. Based on the information below (and the clips further down), it appears as though the city of Chicago is among the characters in this new dramatic series, which will premiere on Fox in 2011.
The city of Chicago is a paradox that serves as the setting for RIDE-ALONG, a new drama from Shawn Ryan (The Shield, The Unit). During a ride-along, a civilian spends a shift in the passenger seat of a squad car, observing the work day of a police officer. But in this series, the audience is the passenger, taking an unpredictable ride through the streets of Chicago and navigating crime and corruption with the most respected – and notorious – cops in the city.
JAREK WYSOCKI (Jason Clarke, Public Enemies, Brotherhood) is a local legend and larger-than-life veteran of the Chicago Police Department. Like the city of Chicago, Jarek is razor blades and brass knuckles wrapped in politeness and egoless charm – a man who throws away partners the way others throw away tissues.
TERESA COLVIN (Jennifer Beals, LIE TO ME, The L Word) arrived at the pinnacle of the Chicago Police Department in a short period of time. She’s determined to implement changes before the mud that is Chicago politics clogs her office. As a result of Teresa’s difficult choices, she has made some powerful enemies along the way, including two street gangs, the police officers’ union and a city alderman who proves to be a dangerous adversary.
Jarek’s new partner, CALEB EVERS (Matt Lauria, Friday Night Lights), is a smart and observant young detective who desperately wants to prove himself. He is savvier and more observant than most people give him credit for, and just might make the perfect yin to Jarek’s yang. Also in Jarek’s charge is his niece, VONDA WYSOCKI (Devin Kelley, Tease), a rookie beat cop whose father, Jarek’s brother, was killed in the line of duty when she was young. Jarek keeps close tabs on her and is less than thrilled to discover she’s falling for her partner, ISAAC JOINER (Todd Williams, In Plain Sight, CSI), a charismatic cop who takes unnecessary risks on the job that land him and Vonda in some dangerous situations.
ALDERMAN RONIN GIBBONS (Delroy Lindo, Kidnapped) is a building-magnate-turned-politician who has ruled his ward with a velvet glove for three decades. Jarek and Teresa are convinced Gibbons and his cohorts, including LIAM HENNESSEY (Billy Lush, The Black Donnellys), an Irish tough guy in Gibbons’ construction empire, are dirty to the core, but they’ve never had the evidence to prove it. When a murder investigation leads them to Gibbons, they are determined to bring him to justice and clean up Chicago – if that’s even possible.