‘CSI’ Star William Petersen Plans Primetime Return in ‘Hurt People’

Crime drama “Hurt People” will star, and be produced by, “CSI” alum William Petersen

William Petersen has been MIA for the last two seasons of "CSI," but the original star of CBS's procedural franchise is planning a return to primetime in the new crime drama "Hurt People."

Petersen, who will star in and executive produce "People" with GK-TV producers Graham King, Tim Headington and Craig Cegielski.

Petersen's spokeswoman told TheWrap that the Emmy-nominated actor will play Hollis Brown, a veteran hitman employed by a crime family that killed his wife. Brown has been hired to locate his employer's enemy: Brown's own estranged daughter, who's bent on destroying those responsible for her mother’s death.

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"Hurt People" is based on an original script by Peter Macmanus.

Petersen, meanwhile, who's still a "CSI" producer, co-stars in Tony Kaye's new big-screen drama "Detachment" with Adrien Brody.

He'll also star with Steve Carell and Keira Knightley in the June dramedy "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World," and will play William Tecumseh Sherman in the 2013 Civil War TV miniseries "To Appomattox."