Nellie Andreeva

UPDATED: Jennifer Beals and Paula Marshall are set to co-star opposite John Corbett in the CBS drama pilot Widow Detective, written by David Hubbard and produced by CSI maven Carol Mendelsohn. The CBS TV Studios project, directed by Davis Guggenheim, centers on Denny Brennan (Corbett), a decorated police detective who, after losing three partners in the line of duty, becomes surrogate husband, lover and father to their families. Beals and Marshall will play two of the widows. Beals will play Lainey, the sexy, wry-humored owner of a San Fernando valley hair salon whose LAPD detective husband was partnered with Denny and died on the job. Married again but about to be amicably divorced, Lainey knows Denny the best out of all the wives, and has the best shot at a real relationship with him. The L Word and The Chicago Code alumna Beals, repped by APA and Greenlight Management, recently did an arc on ABC’s Castle. Marshall will play Jill, a restaurateur and the mother of three daughters who has accepted Denny’s willing participation in her family with relief, gratitude and love (and occasionally annoyance). This marks Marshall’s return to CBS where she starred on the comedy Gary Unmarried.

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