Actress Jennifer Beals attends the 5th Annual ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Feb. 23, 2012 in Beverly Hills

*Jennifer Beals will co-star in the upcoming CBS pilot “Widow Detective.”

“The L Word” actress will play Lainey, the owner of a San Fernando Valley hair salon and the widow of a Los Angeles Police Department officer who the title character takes under his wing.

The pilot, from CBS Television Studios, centers on a decorated police detective who, after losing three partners in the line of duty, becomes surrogate husband, lover and father to their families.

“An Inconvenient Truth” director Davis Guggenheim is directing and also producing.

Beals most recently appeared on two episodes of ABC’s “Castle,” and starred last year in Fox’s canceled police drama “The Chicago Code.”