CSI Vet William Petersen Plotting TV Return as Star, Executive Producer of Hitman Drama

William Petersen is taking his first steps toward a return to television.

The Emmy-nominated CSI vet (who left the CBS series in 2009, after nine years) is set to star in and executive-produce Hurt People, a drama series in development at GK-TV, a production company launched by Camelot EPs Graham King and Tim Headington.

The hour-long project centers on Hollis Brown (Petersen), a veteran hitman who is actually employed by the crime family responsible for killing his wife. In an even bigger twist, he’s been enlisted to hunt down his estranged daughter, who is hellbent on destroying those responsible for her mother’s death.

Besides a quick cameo in a 2011 episode of CSI, Petersen has laid low since his departure, only signing on to co-star in To Appomattox, an eight-hour American Civil War mini-series slated to debut in 2013.

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  1. keila says:

    I like William Petersen, but this sounds like something Liam Neeson should be starring in.

  2. JohnDoe says:

    Come back to CSI, pleeeasse?

  3. Katy says:

    Happy squeal! Would prefer if he came back to CSI, but can understand that he has moved on from the role.

    Sounds like a twisty new role. Will be interesting to see what he does with it

  4. Apryl says:

    Love Billy! Will watch him in anything!

  5. Mr Furley says:

    Love Billy!!! But in order to pull it off, he will need to get into shape for this kind of role.

  6. DenverDean says:

    Awesome. Billy P is great. Since he’s an EP of CSI, he can always do cameo when he wants. This sounds like an intriguing premise.

  7. kirads09 says:

    Y-E-S! While I still would love to see him come back to CSI as Grissom, this is welcome news.

  8. jesse says:

    As long as he makes time for an occasional appearance on CSI, I wish him luck. The project is interesting, but the title needs to be changed, IMO. ‘Hurt People’? Just call it ‘Hitman’, or anything else.

  9. billk says:

    The name Hurt People works well on two levels. One is that it describes what he does. The other is that as a killer who is working for a crime family that killed his wife and now expects him to do the same to his daughter, it describes both him and his daughter.

  10. Nursegeek says:

    He’s still Grissom–hasn’t been enough time to change that character (and its still in daily reruns)–so how long can he hunt for his daughter?
    This production company hasn’t had great luck with tv–yet.
    It’s curious that he left television because he wanted to return to Chicago and stage–so what’s happened with that? A new series and he’s not in Chicago and he won’t be on stage. Guess that plan didn’t work as well as he thought?!