Preview: Chicago PD’s Sydney Poitier Heartsong stars in Carter

CARTER - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 101. Photo Credit: Courtesy of WGN America
CARTER - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 101. Photo Credit: Courtesy of WGN America /

Former Chicago PD actress Sydney Poitier Heartsong returns to TV tonight in WGN America’s detective series Carter. Watch a first look at the show.

Sydney Poitier Heartsong fought crime on Chicago PD, but tonight she’s back in action in a new TV series called Carter. The show premieres on WGN America tonight, and we have a first look for you ahead of the debut episode!

One Chicago fans will remember Sydney Poitier Heartsong for her recurring role as Detective Mia Sumner during the first season of Chicago PD. She briefly worked in the Intelligence Unit but Hank Voight (Jason Beghe) ultimately had her transferred.

In Carter, the actress is playing another detective—but the tone of the show and its cast could not be more different.

Her character Sam Shaw is still carrying a badge, but she’s working in a small town instead of a major city, and the show opens with her getting some involuntary help on her latest murder case.

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When Shaw’s best friend Harley Carter (Jerry O’Connell, King & Maxwell) returns to town after ruining his acting career, he decides that he’ll assist her with her cases—even though his only police training is playing a cop on TV.

Kristian Bruun (Orphan Black) also stars as Dave Leigh, the owner of a local truck stop and friend to both Sam and Harley, who inevitably is swept up in their various adventures.

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The series is a Canadian production, and originally aired on Canada’s Bravo channel (not to be confused with NBC‘s sister channel Bravo) this spring.

WGN America is the exclusive home of Carter in the United States; you can find what channel WGN America is in your area by clicking here. Watch the first look at Carter season 1 by playing the video below:

This is an interesting viewing choice for One Chicago audiences. The character played by Sydney Poitier Heartsong is similar enough to Mia Sumner that it feels familiar, especially since it’s also another detective series; that makes it an attractive appetizer while waiting for the new cycle of Chicago PD to start next month.

But at the same time, Carter is going to be much lighter than anything fans are normally used to. Jerry O’Connell is well known for his work on a number of comedy TV shows, and he has a high energy that will definitely contrast with her position as the proverbial “straight woman” to the various antics of his character. This will also appeal to anyone who’s enjoyed shows like Psych or The Grinder.

Are you planning on tuning in to Carter? Let us know if the show interests you in the comments.

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Carter premieres tonight at 10 p.m. ET on WGN America. For more on what Chicago PD actors are doing now, follow the Chicago PD category at One Chicago Center.