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Bonnie Bedelia (“Die Hard”), Marg Helgenberger (“China Beach”), Gary Basaraba (“Brooklyn South”), Wendy Moniz (“Guiding Light”) and Johnathon Schaech (“That Thing You Do!”) have been cast in Columbia TriStar TV’s new CBS drama “Partners,” which will be helmed by director Carl Franklin (“One True Thing”).

From Christopher Keyser and Amy Lippman, the creators of “Party of Five,” “Partners” is a unique take on a cop drama. While most cop shows focus about 80% on the work life of cops and 20% on family, “Partners” will reverse that.

The family lives of most cops are “volatile,” Keyser said, with high divorce rates and spouses and children who often live in fear. “Partners,” which explores those family stresses, has a six-episode penalty commitment from the Eye web.

Bedelia plays the wife of a cop and is a psychologist for the police department. Her credits include films “Presumed Innocent,” “Die Hard” and “Die Hard II.” Helgenberger, who starred in “China Beach” and has had roles in such films as “Species” and “Species II,” will play a cop and divorced mom of two girls.

Schaech, who starred in “That Thing You Do!” “Houdini” and “How to Make an American Quilt,” plays a cop married to the character played by Moniz.

Basaraba starred in last season’s Steven Bochco drama “Brooklyn South” and has had roles in such films as “Striptease” and “The Last Temptation of Christ.” In “Partners,” he plays the cop married to Bedelia’s character.

Franklin directed and wrote the film “Devil in a Blue Dress” and directed “One True Thing” with Meryl Streep. He also has had acting roles, including a stint on “Roseanne.”

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