Monica Raymund to star in upcoming Starz drama P-Town

CHICAGO FIRE -- "The Strongest Among Us" Episode 620 -- Pictured: Monica Raymund as Gabriela Dawson -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Morris/NBC)
CHICAGO FIRE -- "The Strongest Among Us" Episode 620 -- Pictured: Monica Raymund as Gabriela Dawson -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Morris/NBC) /

Former Chicago Fire star Monica Raymund will return to TV next year, as the main character of a new Starz crime drama called P-Town.

Just months after leaving Chicago Fire behind, Monica Raymund has signed to star in another TV show.

TVLine reports that Raymund will star as the main character of the Starz original series P-Town, which starts filming in March (and thus would presumably debut sometime next fall).

Created by Rebecca Cutter (formerly a producer and writer on FOX‘s Gotham), P-Town refers to the city of Provincetown, MA.

Monica Raymund’s character Jackie Quinones works for the National Marine Fisheries Service in the city, and her life takes a turn when Jackie discovers a dead body on the beach.

While she becomes increasingly determined to solve the murder, Jackie also has to confront her own questionable behavior, with TVLine describing her as a “hard-partying lesbian” who puts her “sobriety in danger” by probing into the drug-related death.

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No other casting has been announced, and neither was how many episodes the new series will run. But since Starz is a premium cable channel, it’s likely that it’ll be much shorter; the network’s top series Power just finished its fifth season with ten episodes.

For comparison, NBC ordered 23 episodes of Chicago Fire last season.

That makes P-Town a much shorter commitment for viewers—and for Monica Raymund as well, because she won’t have to film so many episodes.

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It’s interesting to see her sign up for another TV series so soon after opting out of Chicago Fire, but if one digs into it, the move makes a lot of sense for Raymund.

Starring in a premium cable TV show is a much smaller time commitment than a network series, because of the shorter season. So even if P-Town is a success and goes for more than one season, she should still have the time to pursue anything else that she wants to do—be it directing, or a movie, or recording more music.

In addition, though her new role has her playing another public servant, it doesn’t have much in common with Gabriela Dawson. She’s going from playing a paramedic for the city, to working for the federal government, and while Dawson got into more than a few sticky situations, she was not a recovering addict.

P-Town sounds like it’s going to be a much darker series, and will allow Monica Raymund to do a few things she’d never be able to do on NBC; if you’ve watched any show on a premium network like Starz or HBO, you know they can include more graphic content, such as explicit sex, violence and more adult language.

Especially since the major theme of the show involves drugs, both in the murder case and Jackie’s past, there’s going to be some mature topics tackled and some adult situations. Will that appeal to fans who are used to seeing Raymund on Chicago Fire? How many One Chicago fans get Starz, or will some of them pay for the channel just to watch her new show? We’ll find out next year.

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Chicago Fire returns to NBC on Sept. 26.