Deadline reports that the actor will play a police lieutenant in the project, which will be produced by Sony TV.
The series will feature former ER actress Sherry Stringfield and ex-Sopranos star Jamie-Lynn Sigler as police detectives Molly Collins and Brooke Kross.
The pair will "investigate the city's most high-profile crimes while navigating their divergent personal lives".
Phillips, who will play their boss, recently had a recurring role on Stargate Universe and has also starred in episodes of 24 and Numb3rs.
CSI writer Josh Berman will oversee production of the pilot episode.