Jessica Biel will take on her first regular TV role in more than a decade in a USA series called “The Sinner.” The drama got a formal series order on Tuesday.

Biel is also an executive producer of the show, a planned anthology series based on a novel by German author Petra Hammesfahr. She’ll play a woman who commits a grisly murder but is at a loss to explain why she did it, which pushes the man investigating the case (Bill Pullman) to uncover her motive.

Subsequent seasons would explore different variations on that theme, making “The Sinner” a why-dunit rather than a whodunit.

“We are pleased to announce ‘The Sinner’ as our first series pickup of 2017,” USA Network president Chris McCumber says in a statement. “The series’ unique perspective intrigued us from the very beginning, and Universal Cable Productions, Jessica Biel and the entire team behind and in front of the cameras have delivered something very special.”

The role will be Biel’s first regular presence on TV since she left “7th Heaven” in 2003. She has done a handful of guest appearances and some voice work for television in the years since but has focused primarily on film work.

Derek Simonds wrote the pilot script for “The Sinner” and is also among the show’s executive producers. There’s no word yet on a premiere date.

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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