Looks like Orange Is the New Black‘s Laverne Cox is ready to make the switch from Netflix to prime time network television. Cox, who has been on top of the world since making it on Orange Is the New Black, has found herself another home with CBS.
According to TVLine, Cox is joining the new CBS drama called Doubt. So far, the series hasn’t been ordered, and it’s only a pilot that’s scheduled to shoot, but it sounds pretty promising.
Cox will play Cameron Wirth, who is described as “fierce” and “funny.” Laverne’s character has “experienced injustice first hand.” She’s a “transgender Ivy League-educated attorney who’s as competitive as she is compassionate.” Her past experiences reflect on how she treats individuals, and she is inclined to “fight all the harder for her clients.”
If that’s not enough to catch your attention, then the talented writers surely should. Laverne’s new show comes from Grey’s Anatomy and Madam Secretary husband and wife team Tony Phelan and Joan Rater. The two are acting as the writing and executive producing team behind the new series.
It’s also said that Doubt will focus around a defense lawyer who “shockingly gets romantically involved with one of her clients — who may or may not be guilty of a brutal crime.”
For those who are worried that Laverne Cox will end her run at Orange Is the New Black, have no fear, because she’s sticking around. In fact, Cox isn’t the only star on the show that’s pulling double duty. Matt McGorry, who plays John Bennett on the Netflix show, is also on prime time in ABC’s How To Get Away With Murder.
As for Laverne Cox, she’s been turning heads for a while now. She famously made the cover on Time magazine, making her the first transgender icon to be featured on the cover. She was also the first transgender person to be nominated for an Emmy award. Both of these things gave huge visibility to transgender people and helps break barriers.
The GLAAD President said of Cox’s achievements, “Today, countless transgender youth will hear the message that they can be who they are and still achieve their dreams — nothing is out of reach. Laverne’s success on a hit series is a clear indication that audiences are ready for more trans characters on television.”
Cox told Time, “I was told many times that I wouldn’t be able to have a mainstream career as an actor because I’m trans, because I’m black, and here I am, and it feels really good.”
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