CBS passes on Cagney & Lacey starring Grey’s Anatomy star Sarah Drew

CBSUnfortunately, Sarah Drew won’t be returning to TV right away following her run on Grey’s Anatomy — at least in the form of a Cagney & Lacey reboot.

Late Friday, the network officially passed on the project, which was going to feature her and Blindspot actress Michelle Hurd in a retelling of the classic series from many years back. This show had some fan support behind it because of both the original series and then also Drew’s work, but in the end CBS seemed to decide that they only wanted to pick up one reboot and went with Magnum PI instead. Personally, we wanted both shows to be given the green light.

Obviously, it would have been great to see more of Sarah on TV sooner rather than later — beyond just that, it would also be great to see CBS get some more female-led drama projects. As of right now, Madam Secretary, Code Black, and Criminal Minds are the only three drama series topped by a female lead at the moment. We know that Drew would have been perfect for this series and we’re sad to see it go.

Yet, there will certainly be plenty more opportunities for both her and fellow departing Grey’s Anatomy actress Jessica Capshaw. There are roles that could become available via recastings over the summer or they could simply recur somewhere or wait until pilot season next spring. Given the success of the ABC series and their longevity on it, both of them have the luxury now of being able to pick and choose more of their next project. They don’t have to hurry to select something in the same way some other actors might. We just hope that their next roles are meaty, interesting, and exciting — and that they also have large viewerships.

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