There may be a new administration at NBC, but they have at least one thing in common with the old administration: They remain convinced that Jimmy Smits is a TV star.
Just months after the cancellation of Smits' "Outlaw," NBC has slotted the actor into a currently untitled drama from "Traffic" scribe Stephen Gaghan, formerly titled "S.I.L.A.," reports Deadline.com.
In the pilot, Smits will play the mayor of Los Angeles -- a large decline from previous roles as Supreme Court Justice, President of the United States and whatever intergalactic thing he was in the "Star Wars" prequels.
The pilot also features Noah Emmerich as the mayor's newly higher Special Investigations Unit head and Madchen Amick as the ex-wife to Emmerich's character.
In addition to "Outlaw," Smits also had a very brief TV return in CBS' "Cane," though he had more NBC success with "L.A. Law" and "The West Wing."