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Ashley Williams has been tapped to star in TNT's Bird Dog, replacing Eliza Dushku as the lead, TVGuide.com has confirmed.

Williams, 32, will play Gail McGrath, a cop who is forced to partner with her estranged father, also a policeman, who will be portrayed by Gerald McRaney (Undercovers, Major Dad). Mike Robe (Nora Roberts' Northern Lights) wrote the script and will direct the pilot.

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On Monday, Dushku broke the news on Facebook that she would no longer star in Bird Dog. "Hey guys! News to report. We have mutually & AMICABLY decided to part ways on Bird Dog due to creative differences. No worries/fears/tears!" she wrote.

Williams has appeared in such TV series as How I Met Your Mother, Saving Grace, and American Dreams.