William Petersen is returning to television.
The former CSI: Crime Scene Investigation star has joined the cast of WGN America’s period drama Manhattan as a series regular for it 13 episode second season. The series, which hails from Sam Shaw, Thomas Schlamme, Lionsgate Television, Skydance Television and Tribune Studios, is set to enter production on its second season this April in New Mexico for a later 2015 premiere.
William Petersen will play Colonel Emmett Darrow, the enigmatic new ranking military officer at Los Alamos. A deeply religious and patriotic man, Darrow feels called by God to usher in the atomic future, and to spread American values across the globe.
He is the latest addition to a cast which also includes John Benjamin Hickey (The Good Wife), Olivia Williams (Rushmore), Daniel Stern (Home Alone), Ashley Zukerman (Rush), Rachel Brosnahan (House Of Cards), Katja Herbers (De Storm), Alexia Fast (Jack Reacher), Christopher Denham (Argo), Harry Lloyd (Game Of Thrones) and Michael Chernus (The Big C).
This marks the second time that William Petersen has plotted a return to television since exiting his role as Gil Grissom on CSI in 2009. In 2012 he was set to topline a new drama series titled Hurt People for HBO’s sister network Cinemax, however, he backed out of the GK-TV produced drama before the pilot entered production due to creative differences. Following his exit, Cinemax opted not to proceed with the project.