3:00pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Sophia Bush Inks Talent, Development Deal With 20th Century Fox TV
Five months after walking away from her starring role on NBC's Chicago P.D., Sophia Bush is plotting her TV return.
The actress and activist has inked a talent holding and development deal with 20th Century Fox Television, the studio announced Thursday. Sources say Bush fielded multiple offers, including from Chicago P.D. producers Universal Television, but ultimately signed with 20th.
Under the pact, Bush will star in an upcoming comedy or drama pilot for the studio as well as develop and executive produce additional projects for the company.
"Now more than ever, vital female voices need to be heard. I’m thrilled to begin developing content that inspires and excites me at 20th Century Fox TV,” said Bush.
In addition to playing a detective for four seasons on Chicago P.D. and her longtime run on The CW's One Tree Hill, Bush has been vocal as an activist. She campaigned for former President Barack Obama, and has supported gay rights and same-sex marriage on top of environmental issues, among other causes.
"We’ve been great admirers of Sophia for years and after meeting, we knew we wanted to be in business with her," said Fox TV Group exec vp casting Sharon Klein. "She’s smart, she’s passionate and she brings great ideas and energy to the table. This deal is about developing with her as well as casting her into a comedy or drama this pilot season. She’s a giant TV star and we’re thrilled to have her exclusively at FTG.”
Bush's credits include features Marshall, John Tucker Must Die and the upcoming Acts of Violence. She is repped by CAA, Untitled and Jackoway Tyerman.