By James Hibberd
Updated February 28, 2014 at 12:00 PM EST
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Dean Winters (Law & Order: SVU, Oz, 30 Rock) has landed a starring role in CBS’ promising drama Battle Creek.

Winters will play Detective Russ Agnew of the Battle Creek PD, one of the two lead detectives with very different world views who are teamed up to solve crimes. His character is described as a “smart, tough, impatient, and pragmatic guy who gets results but whom no one wants to partner with because he prefers to cut through any nonsense, and this has earned him a reputation for being mean and gruff.” He joins previously announced co-stars Kal Penn, Janet McTeer, Edward Fordham Jr., and Aubrey Dollar on the show.

Battle Creek comes from the heavy-hitting producing team of Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan, who wrote the pilot, and House creator David Shore, who will act as showrunner.