"L Word" vixen starring in USA legal drama

Mon Mar 15, 2010 2:45am EDT
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By Nellie Andreeva

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Sarah Shahi, who played Carmen the DJ on Showtime's lesbian drama "The L Word," will headline "Facing Kate," a legal drama at USA Network.

Shahi will play a top litigator who, frustrated with the bureaucracy and injustice she witnesses in legal system, decides to become the ultimate anti-lawyer: a mediator. USA has ordered 11 episodes in addition to its 90-minute pilot.

"Facing Kate" is the second female-centered drama to get the greenlight from USA this year. The cable channel earlier ordered the Piper Perabo drama "Covert Affairs."

The launch plan for the new shows is still being worked out but it is expected to follow the pattern of 2009 rookies "Royal Pains" and "White Collar," which premiered in the summer and in the fourth quarter, respectively.

<p>Actress Sarah Shahi smiles for the media as a UAE local passes in the background during her arrival for the inaugural Cinema Against AIDS Dubai event, held in association with Dubai International Film Festival, to benefit amfAR, The American Foundation to AIDS Research, December 10, 2007. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah</p>