Nielsen keeps badge for 'Fricke'


CORRECTED 9:00 p.m. PT Dec. 5, 2007

On the heels of playing Detective Dani Beck on NBC's "Law & Order: SVU," Connie Nielsen is set to play Detective Danny Fricke on another crime drama, this time on A&E.

After lengthy negotiations, Nielsen has come on board as the lead in A&E's one-hour pilot "Danny Fricke," lifting the contingency on the project.

In the Sony Pictures TV pilot, Nielsen will play a detective who is sleeping with her boss, gets a big promotion and on her first case investigates a high-profile murder while dealing with the old-school detectives who work for her.

"Fricke" was penned by "Cane" creator Cynthia Cidre, who is executive producing with 25C Prods.' Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly.

The tapping of Nielsen for "Fricke" means that all four of A&E's cast-contingent pilots will be produced after being successfully cast. Benjamin Bratt stars in "The Cleaner," Patrick Swayze in "The Beast" and Henry Thomas in "Under."

The shows, which mark A&E's re-entry into the scripted drama business, also are lining up an impressive roster of directors, including David Semel on "Cleaner," Michael Dinner on "Beast" and Charles S. Dutton for "Under."

Danish-born Nielsen made her U.S. series debut on "L&O: SVU" last season, filling in for the show's star, Mariska Hargitay, while she was on a maternity leave.