Eliza Dushku heads to cable with TNT pilot

eliza-dushku-gi-320.jpg Eliza Dushku has booked her next lead role in a TV project, and it's a little more conventional than the last one.

Dushku, who last starred in Joss Whedon's "Dollhouse," has taken the lead role in a TNT pilot called "Bird Dog." She'll play a small-town cop who winds up with an unlikely new partner -- her dad.

The project comes from veteran TV writer and director Mike Robe (TNT's "Nightmares and Dreamscapes," "Return to Lonesome Dove"), Deadline reports. Dushku's character is a city girl who willingly left that life in the rear-view mirror when she moved to the Pacific Northwest to become a police officer. It's working pretty well for her until her estranged dad, an NYPD veteran, shows up and becomes her new partner.

If it's picked up, "Bird Dog" would be the first cable series for Dushku, who also starred in "Tru Calling" and logged time on two other Whedon shows, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Angel." She recently guested on an episode of "The Big Bang Theory."

In other Turner pilot news, D.B. Sweeney -- late of "The Event" -- has landed the lead in a TBS project called "Brain Trust," Deadline reports. He'll play a detective who gets help on cases from three geniuses who work at a think tank.

How does Dushku's latest project sound to you? Who should play her dad?

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