April Kepner may be punching out of Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital for good, but Sarah Drew is already scheduled to get back to work outside the operating room. Yep, Sarah Drew will be trading in her scalpel for an LAPD detective badge as the titular Cagney in CBS’s Cagney & Lacey pilot.
The OG Cagney & Lacey ran on CBS for seven seasons in the 1980s, and this time around, the police procedural that follows two badass female detectives as they keep L.A. safe will get a new energy thanks to Drew and her new on-screen partner, Michelle Hurd (Blindspot, Daredevil, early seasons of SVU), who’ll play Lacey. In this version of the show, Lacey will be “athletic, polished, a former high school track and field champion,” according to Deadline, which broke the casting news. Drew will play the protégée to Hurd’s more experienced character.
With Hollywood going reboot wild, it’s honestly surprising that it took them this long to tackle the female-powered detective show that landed two Best Drama Emmys back in the day, as well as four Lead Actress in a Drama Series awards for original star Tyne Daly (who played Detective Mary Beth Lacey) and two for Sharon Gless (who played Christine Cagney). Central to the show’s popularity were the partners and friends supporting one another and combating sexism in a male-dominated work environment, so it might just be the perfect fit for our #TimesUp moment.
Plus, Grey’s Anatomy fans will probably be relieved to see Sarah Drew going onto big things after the drama of her exiting the show she’s spent nine seasons on, along with fellow fan-fave Jessica Capshaw.
Personally, we can see April, er, Sarah Drew jumping right into her role as a no-nonsense detective, and we already know Hurd’s got what it takes to take down the bad guys. Now we’re just waiting on a younger, hipper reboot of Murder, She Wrote starring Ellen Pompeo. Whenever you’re ready, TV execs.