Lifetime oks femme police show

Levine to exec produce, pen pilot

NEW YORK — Lifetime is looking to create a “Cagney & Lacey” for the 21st century.

The femme cabler has greenlit production on a pilot for a one-hour cop drama, tentatively titled “City Lights,” from Viacom Prods. Exec produced and written by Deborah Joy Levine (“Any Day Now”), the pilot will follow five female detectives in the San Francisco Police Dept.

“There aren’t any police shows from a woman’s point of view,” said Dawn Tarnofsky-Ostroff, exec VP of entertainment. “The last time it was done was ‘Cagney & Lacey.’ We’re trying to take what worked on that show and bring it into the millennium.”

Bob Butler (“Hill Street Blues”) will direct the pilot, which will shoot in Vancouver and S.F. in mid-late January. No casting has been determined yet. If Lifetime greenlights production on the series, it will likely premiere next summer.

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