EXCLUSIVE: Showtime orders “Chiraq” pilot, where Chicago has become… Iraq!


While Twin Peaks has been moved to 2017 and Cameron Crowe’s pilot Roadies is being rewritten after Christina Hendrick’s departure, Showtime pulls the trigger on a new pilot order for a show called Chiraq

Written by Lena Waithe, a Chicago native who previously worked on Bones as a staff writer, Chiraq is a drama project centered on the South side of a certain Midwestern megalopolis which is nicknamed Chiraq because geographically it’s in Chicago but the violence level there is straight out of Baghdad, Iraq! It follows six interralated lives, all linked by two things: the same skin color (brown) and the same omnipresence threat of deadly violence. For one young man in particular… Casting process has just started. The shooting should start on mid-October, in Chicago of course. It is produced by FOX 21 Television Studios, Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment, with Michael Pendell and actor/singer Common involved. Clark Johnson  (Homicide, The Shield, Homeland) will direct the pilot episode.


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