February 06, 2012 3:00pm PT by Lacey Rose, Lesley Goldberg
'Pushing Daisies' Alum Chi McBride Joins CBS Cop Drama 'Golden Boy'
CBS has found one of its golden boys.
Pushing Daisies co-star Chi McBride has been cast in the ensemble drama about the making of a man that tracks one cop's meteoric rise from officer to detective to police commissioner. McBride will play the gruff Detective Don Owen in the project, which some have dubbed The Good Wife with a young cop. Owen becomes the new partner to a young, ambitious police officer who rises quickly through the departmental ranks -- maybe too quickly -- after breaking up a major drug ring and becoming a hero.
Nicholas Wootton, who got his start as a young writer on NYPD Blue, will pen the project and executive produce alongside Greg Berlanti for Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television. Melissa Kellner Berman will co-executive produce with Richard Shepard directing the pilot.
McBride, repped by UTA and The Collective, most recently appeared on Suits, Hawthorne and How I Met Your Mother. His series credits include Human Target, Boston Public and Pushing Daisies.