tn2_tom_selleck_1EXCLUSIVE: Tom Selleck is negotiating to return to episodic TV in the first hour-long drama he has headlined since Magnum, P.I. And he’s back with CBS. I’m told that Selleck is close to a deal to star in Reagan’s Law, a drama about three generations of a stories New York cop family. Len Cariou will play the family patriarch, an ex-chief of police. Selleck will play his son Michael, a handsome widower who is the current NYPD chief of police. Donnie Wahlberg will play his son, a detective who returned to the force after a tumultuous stint as a captain in Iraq. The series is casting up quickly — Flex Alexander and Bridget Moynihan seem likely to get roles — and Michael Cuesta will direct a pilot that’ll shoot later this month for CBS Television. Studios Leonard Goldberg, Mitchell Burgess & Robin Green are the exec producers.

Selleck hasn’t headlined an hour-long drama since ending his signature role on Magnum, P.I., which ran from 1980-1988. Selleck most recently played a recurring character on Las Vegas, and has done multi-episode arcs on Las Vegas, Boston Legal and Friends, and starred in the half-hour sitcom The Closer. He has also played lawman Jesse Stone in periodic telepics based on the mystery series by the late author Robert B. Parker.