The Emmy winner and five-time Oscar nominee, who starred in "The Shield's" fourth season, has signed on to her first-ever TV pilot. It's also at FX, and it will star Close as a "high-stakes litigator," the showbiz trade papers say.
The show, untitled at the moment, comes from writers Todd A. Kessler ("The Sopranos"), Glenn Kessler ("Robbery Homicide Division") and Daniel Zelman. It will focus on Patty Hughes (Close), a successful New York attorney. Other details of the story are scant at the moment.
The three writers will also serve as executive producers of the pilot. Another "Sopranos" hand, Allen Coulter, is set to direct the pilot, which is scheduled to shoot early next year.
Close earned Emmy and Golden Globe nominations in 2005 for her turn as Capt. Monica Rawling on "The Shield," which was her first regular work on a TV series. Her credits also include "Dangerous Liaisons," "Fatal Attraction," Showtime's "Lion in Winter" and "101 Dalmatians."
She's currently at work on the feature film "Evening," due for release in mid-2007.