Actress Jennifer Beals arrive at the 6th annual SELF Magazine's Women Doing Good Awards at Apella on September 11, 2013 in New York City

Actress Jennifer Beals arrive at the 6th annual SELF Magazine’s Women Doing Good Awards at Apella on September 11, 2013 in New York City

*Jennifer Beals has been cast as the lead in TNT’s “Proof,” a supernatural medical drama executive produced by actress Kyra Sedgwick.

Beals will play Dr. Kathryn Russo, a skeptical, hard-science, brilliant female surgeon with a caustic edge who has been struggling with the devastating loss of her teenage son and a growing estrangement from her surviving daughter.

She is persuaded to investigate cases of reincarnation, out-of-body experiences, hauntings — all of it looking for verifiable proof to answer one of life’s greatest questions: Is death truly the end, or is there something else beyond?

Beals was in hot demand for broadcast pilots this season, reports Deadline.com. She previously starred in Showtime’s “The L Word” and Fox’s “Chicago Code.” She also co-created and is executive producing “Laughs Unlimited,” in development at HBO.

Competing for talent with dozens of broadcast drama pilots, TNT has been able to successfully cast all three of its pilots, with Beals toplining “Proof” and Julia Stiles as the lead of “Guilt By Association.” The third drama, “Agent X,” snagged Sharon Stone before the beginning of pilot season.