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Angie Harmon set to star in TNT's 'Rizzoli'

Actress to play title role of Boston detective in crime drama

Meet TNT's new leading lady.

"Law & Order" alumna Angie Harmon is returning to the crime-drama beat with a starring role on the cable network's pilot "Rizzoli."

Harmon's casting in the pilot based on Tess Gerritsen's popular Jane Rizzoli mystery novels lifts the contingency on the Warner Horizon-produced project.

In the pilot, written by Janet Tamaro ("Bones"), Harmon will play the title role, Jane Rizzoli, a Boston detective.

The books and the TV adaptation center on Rizzoli, who works on her cases with medical examiner Maura Isles, a role that has not been cast.

Tamaro is executive producing with Bill Haber and "The Closer" executive producer Michael M. Robin. Robin, who helmed the pilot for "Closer," also a female-centered cop drama, has signed on to direct the "Rizzoli" pilot.

In addition to her role as assistant district attorney Abbie Carmichael on "Law & Order," Harmon starred on ABC's "Women's Murder Club" as Detective Lindsay Boxer.

"Angie Harmon is a favorite of crime drama fans," TNT head of programming Michael Wright said. "She will bring a combination of toughness and sensitivity to the challenging lead role."

Harmon, who most recently co-starred opposite Harry Connick Jr. in the Lifetime movie "Living Proof," is repped by Carrabino Management.