Sela Ward Lands Lead Role on FBI

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Sela Ward is returning to CBS. 

The esteemed actress has joined the cast of the network's upcoming fall drama, FBI, Deadline reports. 

While little details have been revealed about who Ward will be playing on the new drama, the report confirms that she will be playing a different character to that of Connie Nielsen, who exited the series after the pilot. 

Sela Ward Smiles

Ward joins a cast that includes Missy Peregrym, Zeeko Zaki, Jeremy Sisto and Ebonée Noel. 

The show is a fast-paced drama about the inner workings of the FBI. 

Related: FBI Trailer: Missy Peregrym Is Back!

It comes from Dick Wolf, the mega-producer behind both the Law & Order franchise and the Chicago franchise. Both of which are currently still going strong at NBC. 

That means he's branching out with this series by taking it over to CBS. The first trailer was released earlier this year, and we think it's fair to say, that it's going to be as action-packed as initial reports suggested. 

Sela Ward Attends Event

It will benefit from an NCIS lead-in on Tuesdays after being penciled in to replace Monday-bound Bull. 

Ward most recently appeared on Westworld Season 2 and is expected to pull double duty on both series. She's a recurring player on the HBO sci-fi epic. 

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Sela is probably most well-known for her role on ABC's Once and Again. She won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for her role on the series. 

Sela Ward Attends Graves Premiere

Sela also starred on final three seasons of CSI: NY opposite Gary Sinise. 

What are your thoughts on this exciting casting news? Are you happy Sela is headed back to the small screen on a more permanent basis?

Do you plan on watching FBI, or do you feel like there are too many procedurals on the air?

Hit the comments below!

FBI premieres Tuesday, September 25th. 

Paul Dailly is the Associate Editor for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.

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