The legal drama Doubt has been picked up as a CBS series, co-starring Orange Is the New Black’s Laverne Cox. And in a breakthrough for trans actors in Hollywood, it will be the first time a broadcast TV series will have a transgender person playing a recurring transgender character.

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Doubt (its two producers Tony Phelan and Joan Rater previously worked on Grey’s Anatomy) also marks another TV return for Katherine Heigl, who seems to be having tons of fun selling us cat litter as a spokeswoman for Cat’s Pride. (The original series leads were swapped after an initial pilot last year.) According to Deadline:

Doubt, from CBS TV Studios and Timberman/Beverly, was originally piloted by CBS last season. It didn’t go to series but CBS ordered a new pilot, with the two leads replaced by Katherine Heigl and Steven Pasquale. With today’s series pickup, Orange Is the New Black‘s Laverne Cox, who was in both the original and the second pilot, is breaking new ground for transgender performance.

Cox plays an Ivy League lawyer named Cameron Wirth in the series, which focuses on the relationship between a lawyer (Heigl) and one of her potentially guilty clients (Pasquale).


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