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Dempsey on the beat for ABC drama

Yoshimura to pen, exec produce pilot

Patrick Dempsey (“Scream 3”) is headed for ABC’s “Elizabeth Street,” inking a deal to star in the fall 2000 Martin Scorsese/James Yoshimura drama pilot.

Dempsey is set as one of the leads in the skein about a young New York cop who finds himself working the same neighborhood in which he was raised.

Show, from Cappa Prods. and Touchstone Television, will focus on the rivalry between the old school Italian Mafia and rapidly encroaching Russian and Chinese gangsters.

Yoshimura (“Homicide: Life on the Street”) will pen the pilot and serve as exec producer of the skein. Scorsese and Barbara De Fina are also on board as exec producers, with Miguel Arteta set to helm.

Dempsey’s last major series role was in CBS’ short-lived 1986 adaptation of the teen pic classic “Fast Times at Ridgemont High.” He’s been in several telepics and minis, including “Crime and Punishment,” “20,000 Leagues under the Sea” and “The Right to Remain Silent.”

In 1993, Dempsey played John F. Kennedy in the mini “JFK: Reckless Youth.”

On the feature side, thesp’s credits include “Outbreak” and “With Honors.”

Dempsey is repped by CAA, manager Joannie Burstein and attorney Mitch Smelkinson.

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