‘Good Sam’: Sophia Bush Says Sam Has a ‘Complex Experience’ as Chief of Surgery

by Taylor Cunningham

The time has finally come for Sophia Bush’s newest series, Good Sam, to debut.

Five years after leaving her spot on Chicago PD, Sophia Bush is heading a new medical drama on CBS. In it, Bush stars as Dr. Sam Griffith, a talented heart surgeon at Lakeshore Sentinel Hospital, who works under her domineering father, Dr. Rob “Griff” Griffith.

In the pilot episode, Griff will fall into a coma. And with him out of commission, Sam will take over as the Lakeshore’s new chief of surgery.

But months later, Griff will wake up and demand his daughter to step down so he can resume his chiefly duties. But Sam will go against her father’s wishes and hold her title. Through the series, the two surgeons will have to mend their broken relationship and learn to survive their new professional dynamic.

Ahead of the Good Sam premiere, Sophia Bush sat down with TV Insider to offer some inside into her complicated character.

And she shared that Sam has surprised herself by excelling as the chief of surgery. So we should expect to witness a major on-screen transformation for the star character.

“It’s a complex experience to be thrust into a position that you looked at as ‘down the road,'” she explained. But patient satisfaction goes up under her leadership. The happiness, and success rates, of her doctors too.”

Why ‘Good Sam’ Star Sophia Bush Left ‘Chicago PD’

In 2017, Chicago PD suddenly lost its biggest star, Sophia Bush. And it turns out that the actress had been trying to quit for years.

In the series, Bush played Detective Erin Lindsay. The character debuted with the pilot episode and was pivotal to the storyline.

But during season four, Lindsay abruptly accepted a job with the FBI and moved to New York City. And after she made the career change, the detective has never returned to the One Chicago world.

Fans of the NBC procedural were shocked that the star made such a quick exit and wondered if behind-the-scenes drama fueled the decision. In 2019, those suspicions were confirmed when Dax Shepard invited Sophia Bush to chat on his Armchair Expert podcast.

“It was a consistent onslaught barrage of abusive behavior,” The One Tree Hill alum revealed. “I realized that as I was thinking I was being the tough guy, doing the thing, showing up to work, I programmed myself to tolerate the intolerable.” 

Bush explained that she accepted the treatment for years. But she finally had an epiphany moment where she realized how much the job was affecting her.

“I quit because, what I’ve learned is I’ve been so programmed to be a good girl and to be a workhorse and be a tug boat that I have always prioritized tugging the ship for the crew, for the show, for the group, ahead of my own health … My body was, like, falling apart, because I was really, really unhappy,” she admitted.