William Petersen Returns To TV On Cinemax

The former "CSI" star will portray a hitman in "Hurt People," a new drama pilot for the premium network.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

Last month, William Petersen and former AMC executive turned screenwriter, Peter Macmanus began shopping their new project, "Hurt People" to various networks. And today it has a home.

According to Deadline, Cinemax has committed to a pilot episode for "Hurt People," a potential drama series that stars Petersen as Hollis Brown. Within the world of "Hurt People," Brown is a veteran hitman in the employ of the crime family that murdered his wife. And Brown's latest target is his own estranged daughter, a young woman who is dedicated to bringing down the people who killed her mother.

Petersen is best known for his leading role as Gil Grissom for nine seasons on "CSI," in addition to roles in Manhunter, Young Guns II, The Skulls and "Return to Lonesome Dove" among others. Petersen is also slated to appear in the upcoming film, Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World alongside Steve Carell and Keira Knightley.

Signing Petersen gives Cinemax a legitimate TV star that its dramas haven't previously had. If it goes forward, "Hurt People" will join Cinemax's current lineup of original dramas, "Strike Back," "Hunted" and "Banshee," with the latter two expected to debut sometime this year.

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