Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Entertaiment | By Mabel Barber

Sarah Drew and Michelle Hurd Cast in Cagney & Lacey Reboot

Sarah Drew and Michelle Hurd Cast in Cagney & Lacey Reboot

The "Grey's Anatomy" star, whose sudden exit from the long-running Shondaland medical drama was announced earlier in the week, has signed on to star in CBS' "Cagney & Lacey" reboot, according to Deadline. Hurd's Lacey is described as athletic and polished, and a former high school track and field champion.

The role of Lacey was specifically written as an African American for the reboot.

Sarah Drew was sacked from Grey's Anatomy last Friday.

Drew will star as the laidback Cagney, while "Blindspot" alum Michelle Hurd has been cast as her veteran partner. Rosemary Rodriguez (The Good Wife) will direct the pilot. MGM Television and CBS TV Studios will co-produce the show.

Drew is repped by Innovative Artists, LINK Entertainment and attorney Alex Kohner; Hurd, whose credits also include Fox's Lethal Weapon, CBS' Hawaii Five-0 and Starz's Ash vs.

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The original Cagney & Lacey ran from 1982 to 1988 on CBS and is the latest series to get another shot at primetime.

Grey's Anatomy fans were heartbroken after news broke that Drew and Jessica Capshaw would not return next season based on a change in creative direction.

In the prospective series, Drew, who has starred on the hit ABC drama as April Kepner for nine seasons, will star as Cagney.

"As writers, our job is to follow the stories where they want to go, and sometimes that means saying goodbye to characters we love", Krista Vernoff, executive producer, explains in an official statement. Like most non-original cast members, she started on the show as recurring - in Season 6 - before being promoted to a series regular the following season.

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