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Actress Laverne Cox speaks onstage at the 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York on May 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for GLAAD)
Actress Laverne Cox speaks onstage at the 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York on May 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for GLAAD)
Laverne Cox arrives at the 22nd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Actress Laverne Cox attends InStyle and Warner Bros. 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards Post-Party at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Bad girls: (L-R) Danielle Brooks, Lin Tucci, Natasha Lyonne, Yael Stone, Emma Myles, Laverne Cox in a scene from Season 2.
Actress Laverne Cox arrives for the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner in Washington April 25, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Laverne Cox arrives for the 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at The Waldorf=Astoria on May 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
Actress Laverne Cox arrives at the 73rd Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California January 10, 2016. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Actress Laverne Cox attends the amfAR Inspiration Gala New York with FIJI Water at Spring Studios on June 16, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for FIJI Water)

Transgender actor Laverne Cox has once again landed a spot in the history books after her new series Doubt was ordered by bosses at U.S. network CBS.

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The Orange is the New Black star has already paved the way in Hollywood for members of her community, as she was the first openly transgender person of all time to have landed a Primetime Emmy Award nomination in the acting category for her work in the Netflix jailhouse show.

And now Deadline reports Cox has earned yet another major career feat with her casting in Doubt, as being part of the ensemble means she will be the first ever transgender actor playing a series regular transgender character in a broadcast television programme.

The upcoming version of Doubt is a redevelopment project - a new pilot was filmed for the series after it failed to get picked up by networks during the last TV pilot pitch season.

Laverne Cox arrives at the 22nd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Laverne Cox arrives at the 22nd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

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Entertainment Weekly reported on Saturday the redeveloped pilot was a big hit with bosses, as CBS network executives were so impressed, they executed a series order for the legal drama.

Doubt also stars Katherine Heigl and she will be portraying a hot shot defense lawyer who falls for a client who is suspected of committing a brutal crime. Heigl's involvement in the show marks her first return to primetime television following the cancellation of her espionage series State of Affairs last year.

Cox and Heigl will be joined on the cast of Doubt by Elliot Gould, Steven Pasquale, Dule Hill and Dreama Walker. The programme will be executive produced by Tony Phelan and Joan Rater, who worked with Heigl before on medical drama Grey's Anatomy.

Actress Laverne Cox arrives for the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner in Washington April 25, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Actress Laverne Cox arrives for the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner in Washington April 25, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Bad girls: (L-R) Danielle Brooks, Lin Tucci, Natasha Lyonne, Yael Stone, Emma Myles, Laverne Cox in a scene from Season 2.
Bad girls: (L-R) Danielle Brooks, Lin Tucci, Natasha Lyonne, Yael Stone, Emma Myles, Laverne Cox in a scene from Season 2.

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