Laverne Cox makes history as first transgender lead on primetime television with new series
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.
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.
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.