Geena Davis heads for Exit

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Another day, another round of new pilots given the "go ahead" by networks.

Oscar winner Geena Davis is making a return to television as the lead actress in Exit 19 for CBS, says Variety. In the drama, Davis will play a New York City homicide detective who also happens to be a single mom to two kids in Long Island. The network has ordered a pilot of the series from writer Jeff Bell.

Davis won an Academy Award for her supporting role in 1988's The Accidental Tourist and was nominated for another Oscar for Thelma & Louise in 1991. She previously gave the small screen a go in 2006's Commander in Chief as the first female US president. Her term was cut short when the show was canceled after one season.

Reno 911's Niecy Nash, who plays Deputy Raineesha Williams, gets her chance to headline a comedy, as Fox has ordered a pilot of The Inn. The staff of a swanky New York City hotel is at the heart of the half-hour comedy.

Everyone loves food. At least that appears to be the thinking at NBC. The network is entering the overbooked reality-cooking genre with The Chopping Block, starring British-Italian celebrity chef Marco Pierre White. In addition to whipping up grub, teams of two culinary contestants will design restaurant spaces for a shot at their own Manhattan restaurant.

Finally, Secret Talents of the Stars will debut on April 8 and feature 16 celebrities showing off skills viewers never knew they had in an elimination competition. Among the performers will be George Takei (Star Trek's Sulu) singing country music, Danny Bonaduce riding a unicycle, boxer Joe Frazier singing R&B;, and country singer Clint Black performing stand-up comedy.

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