Katherine Heigl To Topline CBS Drama Pilot ‘Doubt’

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State Of AffairsCBS has found the new lead for Doubt.

State Of Affairs alum Katherine Heigl has signed on to star in the hour-long drama pilot, which is being re-worked and re-shot after it was produced last development cycle and came very close to scoring a series order. Heigl replaces KaDee Strickland, who was the lead in the first pilot.

Doubt hails from Grey’s Anatomy and Madam Secretary scribes Tony Phelan and Joan Rater and follows Sadie Ellis (Heigl) 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.

With Heigl set as the new lead, producers are focussing on finding an actor to take on the role of Billy, who was played Teddy Sears is the original pilot. The rest of the cast from the previous pilot will be returning, including Dule Hill, Laverne Cox, Dreama Walker, Elliott Gould and Kobi Libii.

The script for Doubt (previously known as Untitled Phelan/Rater Project) was penned by Tony Phelan and Joan Rater, both of whom executive produce alongside veteran producers Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly. CBS Television Studios is producing in association with Timberman/Beverly Productions. Adam Bernstein is returning to direct.