In 2021, Gwen Sigan was named the new showrunner on hit police drama “Chicago PD,” after Rick Eid held the position for over four years (via Deadline). Some may not realize it, but Sigan is far from a newcomer to the One Chicago franchise.
In a Spotlight interview with Wolf Entertainment, who produce the One Chicago franchise, Sigan revealed that she got her start as an assistant to original showrunner Matt Olmstead during filming of the second season. “I’ve always loved ‘Chicago PD’ since day one on set,” Sigan said. “Matt was such a mentor and was so willing to let me see every single draft of the script, watch the actors and really see what worked and what didn’t.” Sigan also described how she did double duty by both on PD and as a writing assistant on Chicago Fire, which exposed her to a television writer’s room and the general writing process for the One Chicago shows.
Ultimately, Sigan is aware of the special place “Chicago PD” holds for many. When asked why she thinks the show is resonating with audiences, she replies, “I think we were able to tell character stories in a police show format … we have a good cast that portrays these people: They feel just really look at … . Adding that to a case that has momentum and commitment evokes a lot of emotion.”