Executive producer Alexandra Cunningham's script has Bello playing a lead detective in a male-dominated New York City precinct. Aren't they all? In the original series, hard-drinking detective Tennyson struggled to manage the unruly men under her command. She earned their respect partly by being smarter and working harder and longer hours than anyone else, which put a strain on her marriage.
Cunninghan will exec produce with Friday Night Lights' Sarah Aubrey and Peter Berg (The Kingdom), who will also direct the pilot. With this group, I'm optimistic that this could turn out all right--even though TV is up to its ears in police procedurals, many of them starring women, from The Closer to Saving Grace and Mary McCormack-starrer In Plain Sight. In fact, these femme-dominated cable shows have proved robust audience-pullers for the female demo, as network's Cagney and Lacey was in its day.