Chris O'Donnell, Erica Hubbard and Jane Lynch went from Chicago upbringings to Hollywood.
What do Chris O'Donnell, Jane Lynch, Zach Gilford and Gary Sinise have in common?
1. They're all on TV this fall, and 2. They're all from the Chicago area.
With new shows starring O'Donnell, Lynch, Colin Egglesfield, Danny Pudi and Aimee Garcia joining old standbys starring Gilford, Sinise, Cassidy Freeman and Jeff Garlin, you can't turn on your TV without watching a former Chicago resident.
Factor in non-Chicago natives who went to school or worked here--Misha Collins, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, for example--and prime-time TV is bursting with Windy City ties.
Many of the actors from freshman series with whom I talked didn't have a definitive explanation for the Chicago mafia's takeover of the TV schedule, but they do have theories.
Aimee Garcia and Danny Pudi worked in Chicago theaters before landing TV roles.