Everything we know about Monica Raymund’s new series Hightown

CHICAGO FIRE -- "That Day" Episode 506 -- Pictured: Monica Raymond as Gabriela Dawson -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Morris/NBC)
CHICAGO FIRE -- "That Day" Episode 506 -- Pictured: Monica Raymond as Gabriela Dawson -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Morris/NBC) /

Former Chicago Fire star Monica Raymund is starring in a new series called Hightown, and here’s everything that’s known so far about the Starz project.

One Chicago fans still miss Monica Raymund as Gabriela Dawson on Chicago Fire, but the actress has moved on to a new project for Starz called Hightown.

The show was ordered to series last fall, though a premiere date hasn’t been announced yet. As viewers wait to watch it, here’s everything we know about what’s going to be Raymund’s first TV role since leaving the One Chicago franchise.

What’s it about?

Hightown is a crime drama centered on the current opioid crisis in America. The story is told from the perspective of Raymund’s character, Jackie Quinones, who discovers a body while working for the National Fisheries Marine Service in Cape Cod. Jackie, who has her own troubled personal life, investigates the murder and naturally uncovers more than she bargained for.

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The show was originally called P-Town, but the title was changed a short time later, most likely to avoid confusion with another new Starz series that’s called P-Valley.

Who’s it from?

The series is created by Rebecca Perry Cutter, who is currently a writer and producer on FOX‘s DC Comics prequel Gotham.

It has a long list of big-name producers attached, including filmmaker Jerry Bruckheimer (the Pirates of the Caribbean and CSI franchises), Jonathan Littman (another CSI veteran who also produces Lauren German‘s series Lucifer), and Gary Lennon (Power).

Rachel Morrison, who was the cinematographer on the Oscar-nominated Marvel movie Black Panther, is directing the pilot for Hightown. She is an Oscar nominee herself for Mudbound and comes from the Massachusetts area, so she’s from the same state where the show takes place.

How did Monica Raymund get involved?

Monica Raymund was cast to play Jackie Quinones in September. Her casting was announced in mid-September, ironically about two weeks before Chicago Fire season 7 premiered and she made her last appearance as Gabriela Dawson.

Who else is in Hightown?

The rest of the cast includes James Badge Dale (24), Riley Voelkel (The Originals), and Amaury Nolasco (Prison Break). Badge Dale, best known for playing CTU agent Chase on 24, portrays Ray Abruzzo, the state trooper who works with Jackie on her investigation. The murder victim was his informant.

Voelkel’s character Renee Shaw is a hard-luck woman who’s been born and raised on Cape Cod. She has a child with the local drug dealer, but develops another relationship with Ray. Nolasco’s then set as the aforementioned drug dealer, Frankie, who probably won’t take kindly to his son’s mother getting involved with someone else—especially someone out to bring him down.

When and how can you watch Hightown?

Starz hasn’t announced when the series will premiere. It could be later this year or as late as next year; we’ll keep you posted on a premiere date.

However, since it airs on a premium channel, Chicago Fire fans will have to pay extra in order to watch Monica Raymund’s next role. Audiences can either subscribe to Starz (and the related app) directly through their website, or the channel is available as an add-on through other streaming services like Amazon Video.

Starz does occasionally have free trial weekends, so depending on when the show starts, the first episode might be part of one of those events. But it’s too early to say for sure, and you’d still have to pay to see the rest of the episodes.

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