Sunday, August 14, 2016 / 9:29 am
On Wednesday, August 10th, CBS showcased their slate of upcoming programs to the Television Critics Association during the Summer Press Tour held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.
Katherine Heigl was joined by her Doubt co-stars Elliott Gould, Kobi Libii, Dreama Walker, Laverne Cox, Dulé Hill, and Steven Pasquale and executive producers Carl Beverly, Tony Phelan and Joan Rater at the event, to present the legal drama to the press through a series of panels and interviews.
Doubt is from former Grey's Anatomy husband and wife executive producing team Tony Phelan and Joan Rater, and it follows Sadie Ellis (Katherine Heigl), a brilliant attorney who works for a prestigious boutique firm. But her life becomes much more complicated when she starts to fall for her charismatic client, Billy Brennan (Steven Pasquale), an altruistic pediatric surgeon recently accused of murdering his girlfriend 24 years ago.
"We've always been intrigued by the law," Phelan said at the press conference. "In America right now, there seems to be a movement afoot, a new idealism."
The show will feature a wide range of legal cases, ranging in intensity from sexual assault and hate crimes to disputes over dog droppings.
"Our cast and the stories we want to tell are multicultural, multigenerational... That's the world we're in," Phelan added. "We're going to be telling stories from a broad swath of America."
"We wanted to tell a story about attorneys who believe in their clients' innocence, and while the show will focus on serious issues, fans can expect much more than just procedural drama" Rater noted. "I think it's sort of like life," she mused. "There will be humor and drama in all the episodes."
Katherine jokingly bemoaned the she couldn't negotiate an executive producer credit on Doubt, like she had for NBC drama State of Affairs. "I actually loved being a producer. It was so fun for me and it was so engaging in a totally different way. I really tried to let them let me be one and they said no – so I'm just an actor."
Asked about the process of joining a new show Katherine explained, "It's always kind of thrilling. You can't deny that fact that over time this opportunity happens and this coalescing of events takes you to this moment right here... just to get the pilot made and then to get it picked up... it's a whole exciting process but it's also terrifying and stressful. I think I'm really just trying to stay focused on how much fun it's been and how much I love Tony and Joan and their stories... We're tying to keep it relatable and human. I'm really excited for people to see this, and I think people are really going to love it."
Regarding her character Sadie, Katherine told reporters "What I find fascinating about Sadie is that she is an idealist", and with respect to her conflict of interest she added, "She's trying to separate herself emotionally, but struggling with it."
Working on other cases at the practice is Cameron Wirth (Laverne Cox) a transgender Ivy League graduate; Tiffany Simon (Dreama Walker), a second-year associate learning the ropes; and Nick (Kobi Libii) who earned his degree in prison. Elliott Gould plays Isaiah Roth, the team's legendary mentor.
Doubt will debut mid-season on CBS.