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Chicago does its best Washington, D.C. impression in 'Crisis' trailer

Luis Gomez

About Last Night

6:56 PM CST, February 17, 2014

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Don’t recognize Chicago in the trailer for NBC’s “Crisis”? You’re not supposed to. The political thriller featuring Gillian Anderson (“X-Files”) and Dermot Mulroney (“My Best Friend’s Wedding”) is filmed entirely in Chicago but set in Washington, D.C.

Here’s the premise: Students from fictional Washington, D.C. school Ballard High School (Northside College Preparatory High School in the North Park neighborhood) are kidnapped by masked men while on a field trip. Because these students have powerful parents (including the president of the United States), the kidnapping becomes a national crisis. Hence the show’s title.

While I tend to fall asleep during political thrillers, I for some odd reason am really drawn to kidnapping stories like the one in “Crisis.” It’s got creepy masks, creepy phone calls and a blonde FBI agent who is a dead ringer for Blair from “The Facts of Life.” I’d like to pretend that the former CIA agent serving as a field trip chaperon (played by Mulroney) has John McClain-like potential, but his sweater vest in the trailer makes me think otherwise.

Filming in Chicago is scheduled to wrap in early March. “Crisis” premieres March 16.

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