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Sarah Drew From 'Grey's Anatomy' to 'Cagney & Lacey'

Sarah Drew From 'Grey's Anatomy' to 'Cagney & Lacey'

How's this for timing: Five days after news broke that she'd be leaving Grey's Anatomy, star Sarah Drew has booked a pilot.

"Well, it's been quite a week", Drew wrote on Tuesday, March 13, sharing the news with fans that she will play Cagney in CBS' Cagney & Lacey pilot, a reboot of the police procedural from the 1980s.

Cagney & Lacey is about a pair of female detectives who roam the streets of Los Angeles to keep the city safe.

Drew's departure from "Grey's", along with longtime castmate Jessica Capshaw, came to light last week, when it was reported that producers did not renew their contracts due to the show's "creative direction". Tyne Daly and Sharon Gless originally played Lacey and Cagney, respectively, on the original series.

The series is being written by Bridget Carpenter, and will be directed by Rosemary Rodriguez.

Drew will star as the laidback Cagney, while "Blindspot" alum Michelle Hurd has been cast as her veteran partner.




Unlike the equal partnership of the earlier series, Cagney will be the protégée of the more experienced Lacey in the pilot, which CBS announced in January.

CBS TV Studios is co-producing with MGM Television.

The series captured multiple Emmys ― including for best drama and for Daly and Gless in the best actress category.

Brushing aside the question of whether the world needs a "Cagney & Lacey" reboot, you could argue this is an upgrade for both actresses. The duo will exit at the end of the show's current 14th season.

Drew has been on Grey's for nine seasons, eight of them as a series regular, playing Dr. April Kepner. She is repped by APA and TMT Entertainment Group.