Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Windsor, Ont.-Born Oliver Platt on Seeing a Shrink for 'Chicago Med'

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Windsor, Ont.-Born Oliver Platt on Seeing a Shrink for 'Chicago Med'

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Windsor, Ont.-born Oliver Platt on 'Chicago Med'


CHICAGO - Oliver Platt knew what to do when executive producer Dick Wolf asked him to star in "Chicago Med." He went to see a psychiatrist.

Actually, he saw the top shrink in the United States: Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman, chairman of psychiatry at Columbia University.

Platt went to get help -- with a part. He'll be playing psychiatrist Dr. Daniel Charles when the series premieres Tuesday on NBC and Global.

"The second thing he did after I walked into his office was hand me a fascinating book he had just written on the history of psychiatry," says Platt. "So that was really hitting the jackpot for me."

Platt is joined on "Chicago Med" by a large ensemble, including S. Epatha Merkerson ("Law & Order"), who play medical professionals working together in extreme situations in a city known for having the busiest trauma centres in America.

This is the third Chicago-based series created by Wolf, already famous for the "Law & Order" brand. The other two, "Chicago Fire" and "Chicago PD," have just been renewed for next season.

Actors were in the middle of shooting a special three-series crossover when reporters visited the adjoining Chicago soundstages earlier this week. In January, a ripped from the headlines story about three women who died, suspiciously, from overdosing on chemotherapy will begin on "Chicago Fire," continue an hour later on "Chicago Med" and conclude the next day on "Chicago PD." Actors from all three series will mix into a super-sized ensemble.

"What Dick is doing here is remarkably simple, yet brilliant in a sense," says Platt.

"People have spun shows off before but they've never spun them into a living matrix. Everyone who's working on any one of these shows is actually working on three television shows."

Platt and Wolf go back, and worked together on the actor's first TV series, the short-lived "Deadline" (2000-01).

"Dick is a rare dude," says Platt. "He has an understanding of the network television business that is truly pretty unusual. Working with a guy like Dick makes you feel very safe just knowing you have all of that knowledge backing you up."

Wolf says he never considered anyone else for the part of Dr. …

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