By Mandi Bierly
November 18, 2010 at 04:12 PM EST

Image Credit: Jamie McCarthy/WireImage.comAngela Bassett will topline the ABC pilot One Police Plaza, Variety reports. She’ll play the first female New York police commissioner. (Perhaps she inherited the job from Blue Bloods‘ Tom Selleck?) Should the series — exec produced by Criminal Minds‘ Mark Gordon, Deborah Spera, and the pilot’s writers, crime novelist Linda Fairstein (the Alex Cooper mysteries) and Ken Solarz (who’s penned episodes of CSI: NY, Profiler, and Miami Vice) — make it to air, it will be Bassett’s first series gig since ER. (We don’t count her voicing Michelle Obama on an episode of The Simpsons earlier this year.) ABC likes putting women in power: Geena Davis was the first female president of the United States in the one-season wonder, Commander in Chief.

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