9:45am PT by Bryn Elise Sandberg, Lesley Goldberg
Katherine Heigl Drama 'Doubt' Ordered to Series at CBS
CBS is adding Katherine Heigl to its drama lineup.
The network has ordered Doubt to series, a legal soap starring the Grey's Anatomy alum. It'll join CBS' previous orders for the 2016-17 broadcast season, which include Bull, starring Michael Weatherly; Jason Katims' medical drama Pure Genius; MacGyver; Training Day; Matt LeBlanc's Man With a Plan; and Joel McHale's The Great Indoors.
Redeveloped from last season, Doubt centers on Sadie (Heigl, who replaced KaDee Strickland in the role), a smart, chic, successful defense lawyer at a boutique firm who shockingly gets romantically involved with one of her clients, who may or may not be guilty of a brutal crime. The series marks Heigl's return to broadcast television, following her short-lived NBC political drama State of Affairs.
Steven Pasquale, Dule Hill, Dreama Walker, Elliott Gould, Kobi Libii and Laverne Cox co-star, with the Orange Is the New Black playing a transgender attorney in a role created specifically for a trans actress in one of the bigger signs of diversity yet.
The drama is one of two married writing duo Tony Phelan and Joan Rater (Grey's Anatomy) have in the works this season in the first year of their overall deal with CBS Television Studios — the other being the Nancy Drew reboot starring Person of Interest's Sarah Shahi.
Phelan, Rater, Carl Beverly, Sarah Timberman and Adam Bernstein will serve as executive producers on the series, with Bernstein also directing. CBS Television Studios will produce.