Sarah Drew was a familiar face on primetime for nearly a decade as Dr. April Kepner on Grey’s Anatomy. April went through a lot of highs and lows over the years, with love and loss and heartbreak. Unfortunately for fans of the character, April and another doctor will soon leave the hospital, as Sarah Drew was let go from the series. The good news is that Drew has already landed a new TV gig, and it’s a co-leading role this time around. She’ll play Cagney in the upcoming CBS pilot for the Cagney and Lacey reboot.
The Cagney and Lacey reboot pilot was given the official order from CBS back in January, along with a Magnum P.I. reboot and a few other projects. The reboot will be a fresh take on the dramatic format introduced back in the original 1980s run of the series. Cagney and Lacey will follow two female police detectives and friends who work together to fight crime and protect the innocent in Los Angeles.
As Cagney, Sarah Drew will be the more easygoing of the two women. She’s nimble where her partner is athletic, and she sees Lacey as a mentor, which can only be a good thing. Lacey is an experienced detective whose high school track and field success turned her into a cop who can undoubtedly chase down the bad guys of L.A. Polished and straightforward, Lacey sounds like she should be a fun foil for Cagney. Of course, Cagney and Lacey will be a drama and police procedural, so we may not want to expect too much fun.
Lacey will be played by none other than Michelle Hurd, who will be a familiar face to many TV fans. In the last few years alone, Hurd has held recurring roles on Lethal Weapon, Hawaii Five-0, and Blindspot. She and Sarah Drew are both experienced TV actresses, although they’ll bring very different TV experiences to the table. It should be intriguing to see how the two bounce off of each other. Cagney and Lacey will almost certainly flop if there’s no chemistry between the leading ladies and partners.
Interestingly, Deadline reports that Sarah Drew is only able to participate in the pilot because the Grey’s Anatomy team was willing to adjust her shooting schedule so that she would have time to film the CBS pilot. Perhaps fans who are upset that Drew got the boot from Grey’s will feel a bit better knowing that the folks behind the scenes were willing to help her in the next stage of her career.