Sarah Shahi lands USA's 'Kate' pilot

Centers on a divorced lawyer who becomes a mediator

Sarah Shahi has landed the lead in USA Network's pilot "Facing Kate," lifting the contingency off the project.

The pilot, produced by Universal Cable Prods., centers on Kate (Shahi), a divorced San Francisco woman who leaves her job as a lawyer to become a mediator.

Michael Sardo wrote the script for "Facing Kate" and is executive producing the pilot with Steve Stark.

Shahi most recently played the female lead opposite Damian Lewis on NBC's cop drama "Life." Her series credits also include Showtime's "The L Word," ABC's "Alias" and the NBC comedy series "Teachers."

Shahi is repped by CAA and McKeon-Myones.

With its firm production order, "Kate" joins another female-centered pilot that USA recently picked up, "Covert Affairs" starring Piper Perabo.