"Band of Brothers" star Damian Lewis is getting a "Life" at NBC.
The British actor has signed to play the lead role in a drama pilot at the network about a cop who rejoins the force after having been wrongly imprisoned for several years. Sarah Shahi ("The L Word") has also joined the show as his partner, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Elsewhere, Benjamin King has joined David E. Kelley's FOX pilot "The Wedding Planners," and Rachael Carpani will co-star with Janeane Garofalo in an untitled legal drama at CBS.
"Life" comes from writer Rand Ravich ("The Astronaut's Wife") and director David Semel ("House," "Six Degrees"). It will be the first regular series for Lewis on American TV.
Lewis is best known for playing Maj. Richard Winters in HBO's "Band of Brothers," for which he earned a Golden Globe nomination. His credits also include "The Forsyte Saga," "Friends and Crocodiles" and the feature films "An Unfinished Life" and "Stormbreaker."
Shahi plays Carmen de la Pica Torres on Showtime's "The L Word." She co-starred in NBC's short-lived comedy "Teachers" last season and had a recurring part on "Alias" several seasons back.
At FOX, meanwhile, King ("Saving Jessica Lynch") will play the husband of Teri Polo's character in "The Wedding Planners," about three sisters (Polo, Sarah Jones and KaDee Strickland) who run a wedding business. Australian actress Carpani ("McLeod's Daughters") will play a public defender in the CBS drama from writer Barry Schindel ("Numb3rs").Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times