Earlier this year, news broke that William Petersen would be both starring in and executive producing a pilot for a new Cinemax crime drama entitled "Hurt People". Petersen was a big fan of the original script written by former AMC executive Peter McManus, and personally lead the charge to make the show a reality. Unfortunately, the former Gil Grissom has now elected to leave the project over creative differences with writer-producer McManus, as detailed by Deadline in an exclusive report.
"Hurt People" would have marked Petersen's return to series TV, after he departed his long-term CSI gig back in 2009. He was set to star as veteran mob hitman Hollis Brown, who happened to be employed by the same crime family responsible for the death of his wife. Hollis' job was about to get even more complicated, when his employers sent him off to hunt down his own daughter, who was trying to bring the criminal organization down.
Petersen's name and clout were said to be big factors in Cinemax's decision to order the pilot, and it is currently unknown whether production will continue without him. The lead role could obviously be re-cast at some point, but Cinemax may not be interested anymore without Petersen's involvement. Neither side has issued an official statement at this point, so I'll refrain from further speculation about the show's future post-Petersen.
Are you disappointed that we won't get to see William Petersen "hurt people"?