March 13, 2012 4:17pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
William Petersen Plots TV Return with GK-TV
More than two years after departing CBS' CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, William Petersen is plotting his return to the small screen.
Petersen has teamed with GK-TV to develop an hourlong crime drama series titled Hurt People, in which he would star and executive produce, GK-TV said Tuesday.
Based on an original script by Peter Macmanus (Hollywoodland), the series revolves around Hollis Brown (Petersen), a longtime hitman employed by the crime family who killed his wife. Brown has been brought in to hunt down his estranged daughter, who is intent on destroying those responsible for her mother's death.
Petersen and Macmanus would exec produce alongside CSI EP Cynthia Chvatal as well as GK-TV's Graham King, Tim Headington and Craig Cegielski. Beth Stine is on board as a supervising producer.
Hurt People would mark Petersen's first starring gig since he departed his role as Gil Grissom on CSI. The series has featured a number of high-profile actors -- Laurence Fishburne, Ted Danson, Elisabeth Sue -- in its bid to fill the void left by his departure from the series.
Petersen and Macmanus are repped by UTA.
In addition to Hurt People, GK-TV is also developing Port Royal from The Walking Dead EP Gale Anne Hurd for FX. Its Camelot effort for Starz was canceled after one season despite record ratings for the cable network.