Executive produced by Western Pennsylvania native KristieAnne Reed, a veteran of other Jerry Bruckheimer-produced procedurals (“CSI: Cyber,” “Training Day”), “Hightown” offers character-driven storytelling that’s more straightforward and less complicated and pitch-black-dark than many premium cable hour-long dramas.
Series creator Rebecca Cutter said she grew up reading Boston crime novels – Robert B. Parker, Dennis Lehane – which helped inspire the tone of “Hightown” while telling the story from a female perspective. Director Rachel Morrison said producers chose to keep much of the show’s violence off-screen “which maybe would be different from a male perspective.”
For her part, star Raymund differentiated her new role from her previous character on “Chicago Fire,” firefighter-paramedic Gabby Dawson.
“[In ‘Hightown’] I’m the kind of girl that Gabby Dawson would try to save,” she said during a January Starz press conference at the Television Critics Association winter 2020 press tour. “What's really nice is that I get to play something completely different. This role is really about battling my inner demons, trying to find redemption, trying to fill something within me that I can’t fill.”