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

Trailer for NBC's "Crisis"

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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