Actor Taye Diggs arrives at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards held at The Shrine Auditorium on January 27, 2013 in Los Angeles

Actor Taye Diggs arrives at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards held at The Shrine Auditorium on January 27, 2013 in Los Angeles

*Taye Diggs scored himself a lead role in Steven Bochco’s mystery pilot “Murder in the First” for TNT.

The “Private Practice” alum will join “Boss” vet Kathleen Robertson in the drama revolving around two seemingly unrelated high-profile murder cases and the subsequent police investigation, arrest and trial, offering viewers a window into the inner-workings of modern justice in an increasingly complex world, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Diggs will star as Terry Seagrave, a homicide detective who is dealing with his wife’s terminal illness. For Terry, being a cop is his one chance to live right and “do good,” and the job keeps him focused and off the sadness that tends to preoccupy his thoughts.

Robertson will portray Hildy Mulligan, Terry’s partner, who is described as self-assured and sexy without knowing it. She’s divorced with a young daughter and a fearless detective who is keenly aware that her partner is grappling with a difficult situation.

Both actors received multiple pilot offers this casting season, according to THR.
Bochco will write the pilot alongside Eric Lodal (“Lawless”) and executive produce.

Diggs played Sam on “Private Practice” for six seasons, until the series finale in January. He becomes the latest “Private” grad to book a pilot, joining KaDee Strickland, who is poised to star in NBC’s Peter Berg pulp thriller “Bloodline”; and his former on-screen wife Audra McDonald, who will co-star in CBS’ drama “The Ordained,” among others.