’17th Precinct’ Pilot adds Smallville’s Kristin Kruek

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 14th, 2013 at 9:47 am,

17th Precinct – one of many projects being prepared by sci-fi TV staple Ronald D. Moore – has added its latest cast member. Former Smallville sweetheart Kristin Kruek will join pilot as wife to Jamie Bamber’s character.

Kruek has kept busy since her days at Smallville High. In addition to a starring role in the disappointing Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li, she’s had a well-received recurring role on Chuck and starred in the Ben-Hur miniseries. If 17th Precinct is picked up by NBC, it’ll mark Kruek’s return to a regular TV role. (Sorry, Lana fans: she’s not coming back for Smallville‘s big finish.)

Kruek joins a host of science fiction TV icons already attached to this cops-n-warlocks show. No less than three leading cast members of Moore’s former blockbuster series, Battlestar Galactica, have jumped battleship to 17th Precinct: James Callis, Tricia Helfer and the aforementioned Jamie Bamber. Callis will play the ground-pounding magical detective; Helfer will be the third actress currently playing Morgana (the other two sorceresses are on Merlin and Starz’ upcoming Camelot) and Bamber has the role of a forensic investigator.

17th Precinct is a magical spin on the typical police procedural. Initially pitched as “Harry Potter for grown-ups”, the series follows a police division in the mystical town of Excelsior. If the casting up to this point is any indication, the 17th Precinct will be a gritty one – less hippogriffs, more homicide. For example, Morgana’s necromantic abilities will be put to use as the team’s medical examiner/coroner. While not much else is known in terms of plot, expect plenty of magical maladies to befall Excelsior’s unlucky residents.

The premise sounds a lot like other magical investigation shows, such as Haven and The Dresden Files. The specifically magical elements combined with the tried-and-true cop ensemble (see CSI, Law & Order… heck, half the scripted shows on network and cable TV) could make for something new. And while lately Moore’s projects have had a habit of exploding like a Hogwarts first-year’s potions homework, 17th Precinct looks like it might just be the one that sticks.

17th Precinct is in the pilot stage at NBC. Expect an initial season order this summer.

Source: TV Line

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  1. cool looking forward to it

  2. Kreuk is A WIN

  3. Anyone know the status of Haven and Eureka? I haven’t heard either was cancelled.

    • Haven is getting a second season sometime this year, and Eureka is getting a fifth season sometime, both on SyFy. Both according to Wikipedia, so take it with a grain of community-edited salt.

  4. sweet lookin forward to this

  5. It’s good to see that “Street Fighter” didn’t destroy her career 😉

  6. It is good that her Lana character won’t come back but it is also good that Kristin is still in demand. Her Lana character problems were due to the writers, not her acting so like Yay said, Kristin is a win.

  7. Well, there’s a reason not to watch. She is gorgeous, but a terrible accent, she spent 7 years on Smallville mumbling every single line!

    • DrSam, could you say that again, because I couldn’t understand through your mumbling. 😛

  8. I didn’t have no problem at all understanding Kristin on Smallville- maybe
    its me?

  9. Kirsten Kreuk is the one of the most stunningly beautiful women in the world let alone in television. Nothing at all wrong with her performance as Lana Lang which was excellent, and agree that it was more of an issue with the writing, which diminished the quality of the character.

    I think a lot of the hate comes from the show’s fans being obsessed with seeing Lois & Clark get together, which I repeat just shouldn’t be happening at this stage fo Clark’s life.

    I think Lana was probably in the show one season too long. I think the character went as far as she could up to season 6, where she was pivotal in upping the ante of the rivalry between Clark and Lex. By the 7th season the writers struggled to keep her relevant in the scheme of things and when you start giving her superpowers, you pretty much know it’s time to go. Still would’ve liked to see her in the series finale though.

    I hope like most of the Smallville cast that she can go onto bigger and better things, she certainly has the start quality to do so. Yes she made the misstep of Streetfigher Chun Li, but she has enough presence to comeback from that.

    I personally think she would make a terrific younger version of Wonder Woman if there was ever to be a Smallville type show for that character.

  10. She is so adorable. I’d be happy to see her back on my TV. I love the sound of this show. I hope the execution lives up to the description.

  11. All this show needs now is Big Bear McReary and it will be in my loved catagory before its even aired.

  12. I will definitely check this show out. I liked Kristen the first few seasons of Smallville, but I am SOOOO glad that Lana won’t be back whining in the Smallville finale….

  13. “Haven” on the SyFy Channel is god-awful, I’m shocked it got a second season. Surely this will be better, it’d have to be.