Once a Bear, Always a Bear: Screenwriter and Alumnus Returns to Baylor for Screening of NBC's Drama "Chicago P.D."

Feb. 18, 2014
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WACO, Texas (Feb. 18, 2014) - Co-creator of the NBC television drama "Chicago P.D." Derek Haas, BA '91, MA '95, will return to his alma mater for a screening of the first episode of the series' second season.

The event, sponsored by the department of communication in the Baylor College of Arts & Sciences, will take place at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19.

"Chicago P.D." is based on the real Chicago Police Department and follows District 21 of the department. This district is made up of two distinct groups: the uniformed police and the Intelligence Unit.

"Not every police department has (an intelligence unit), but they have their own special room that uniformed cops can't go up to unless they're summoned up there," Haas said in an interview with NBC. "It's not your typical bullpen where there's just people walking in and out. This is their unit."

Unlike the real Chicago Police Department, "Chicago P.D." follows the officers as they go off shift. "We see what's going on with them, the trials and tribulations that you have to carry back to work with you," Haas said.

Haas graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor and Master of Arts in English literature. He is also the co-writer of "Wanted," "2 Fast 2 Furious" and "3:10 to Yuma," editor of PopcornFiction.com and author of many books including his newest, "The Right Hand."

"Alumni like Derek Haas and others bring a wealth of experience that our students can benefit from," said Christopher Hansen, associate professor and director of the film and digital media division in the department of communications. "His knowledge of the inner workings of the film and television industries is incredibly valuable. And his success is inspirational to them as well."

Attendants are encouraged to join in a question-and-answer session with Haas before the show begins. The event will be located in Room 101 of Marrs McLean Science Building, 1214 S. Fourth St.

by Rachel Miller, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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