Actress Katherine Heigl makes her television comeback in the CBS drama series Doubt. This mark’s Heigl’s first TV series project after leaving the hit medical drama Grey’s Anatomy in 2010 and pursuing the short-lived NBC show State of Affairs.
Katherine Heigl takes center stage in Doubt as Sadie Ellis, a smart and successful defense lawyer in a boutique law firm who gets romantically involved with one of her clients who may or may not be guilty of having committed a crime.
Steven Pasquale (Rescue Me), Dule Hill (The West Wing), Elliott Gould (Friends), Dreama Walker (Don’t Trust The B in Apartment 23) and Kobi Libii (Alpha House) also star. Orange Is the New Black breakout actress Laverne Cox also appears as Cameron Wirth. She is an Ivy League-educated transgender attorney. Her character is described as competitive, funny and compassionate, and her own experience with injustice encourages her to fight for her clients’ causes. The character was specifically created for the transgender actress, The Hollywood Reporter writes.
Cox’s participation in Doubt does not sever her commitment to Orange Is the New Black. She will still appear as Sophie Burset in season 4, which is scheduled to premiere on June 17.
Doubt will be penned by Tony Phelan and Grey’s Anatomy scribe Joan Rater. The duo will also pen the Nancy Drew reboot headlined by Persons of Interest star Sarah Shahi.
Carl Beverly, Sarah Timberman and Adam Bernstein, together with Phelan and Rater, will executive produce the series. Bernstein will direct.
According to Variety, Doubt was originally developed for the 2015-2016 series lineup, but the pilot episode was never ordered by any network. KaDee Strickland and Teddy Sears initially played the leading roles until they were eventually given to Katherine Heigl and Steven Pasquale. The supporting cast, however, remains the same, including Cox.