Katherine Heigl Joins Laverne Cox Drama Pilot

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After the one and done series run of State of Affairs, Katherine Heigl is taking another stab at a comeback. The 36-year-old actress is switching networks, though, in hopes of a different outcome.

Heigl heads over to CBS to star in the upcoming legal drama, Doubt. If the show name sounds familiar, this isn’t the first attempt. The eye network greenlit a pilot last year, but didn’t pick up the series for their upfronts presentation. Instead of ditching it completely, CBS decided to recast some key roles.


Katherine will play “Sadie Ellis, a smart, chic and successful defense lawyer at a boutique firm who gets romantically involved with one of her clients who may or may not be guilty of a brutal crime,” according to Variety. KaDee Strickland (Secrets & Lies) played the part in the first pilot.

Laverne Cox, Dule Hill, Dreama Walker and Elliott Gould all managed to keep their parts after the retooling. As previously reported, if picked up. It will mark the first leading role for a transgender in broadcast television history. She’ll play a fierce “trans Ivy League-educated lawyer who’s both competitive and compassionate. [Her] own experience with injustice causes her to fight even harder for all of her clients.”

Doubt reunites Heigl with Grey’s Anatomy executive producers Tony Phelan and Joan Rater for the project. Clearly, Katherine didn’t piss everyone off on the ABC medical drama.

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