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.