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Ryan Phillippe Gets a CBS Cop Show

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 11: Actor Ryan Phillippe attends the 10th Annual Chrysalis Butterfly Ball on June 11, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Ryan Phillippe will star in Greg Berlanti's upcoming CBS drama, which means his transition to TV actor — with a pit-stop on the new season of Damages — is complete. Deadline reports that Phillippe will star as a police officer on a "meteoric rise" from officer to detective to commissioner; Chi McBride will play Phillippe's partner, and Kevin Alejandro will play a detective who's suspicious of Phillippe's success. The show, fka Golden Boy but from here on out as Ryan Phillippe's Cop Show, You Guys comes from Berlanti and Nicholas Wootton, whose previous cops-and-robbers work includes Prison Break, Law & Order, NYPD Blue, Brooklyn South, City of Angels, and Blind Justice. The man likes a cop show.

Photo: Frederick M. Brown/2011 Getty Images