CBS orders ‘Doubt’ drama featuring Katherine Heigl, Laverne Cox

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CBS has made one more official series pickup, and this one has some powerful, historical implications to it.

More than a year after the original pilot was created, the network has finally given the green light to legal drama “Doubt.” This series features “Grey’s Anatomy” alum Katherine Heigl making her second attempt at a new series after “State of Affairs” went south, and this show also stars Laverne Cox of “Orange is the New Black” fame. With this hire, Cox becomes the first transgender actor in network TV history to be a series regular on a network TV show as a transgender character. To have this come on CBS, otherwise known as America’s most-watched network, makes it an even larger deal.

If you haven’t heard much about the official story of this show, check out the official logline below:

“A smart, chic, successful defense lawyer at a boutique firm starts to fall for her charismatic client who may or may not be guilty of a brutal crime.”

As if Heigl and Cox on the show was not enough to have you interested in the series, know that Steven Pasquale, Elliott Gould, and former “Psych” star Dule Hill are also in the cast. There’s a lot to like here, and CBS had to be looking for something new in the legal realm given that they no longer have their former stalwart in “The Good Wife” on their roster, even if they are developing a spin-off that could go to the CBS All Access platform at some point in the near future.

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