Pilot Scoop: Katie Holmes to Star in ABC's Dangerous Liaisons-esque High Society Drama

Katie HolmesIn a major coup for ABC, Katie Holmes is plotting a return to TV in the network’s Dangerous Liaisons-esque high society drama pilot written by Richard LaGravenese (Behind the Candelabra), TVLine has learned.

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The potential series, which will be set in modern day New York, finds Holmes playing Ann, a woman of education and breeding, who has never used those advantages for power over others. She’s smart, stylish and genuinely down to earth (it’s basically the Michelle Pfeiffer role). Ann runs a philanthropic foundation with her husband. When Philip (Rufus Sewell) and Margot (still uncast) make a bet and destroy Ann’s perfect marriage, Ann learns to play the game and becomes the ultimate match for Philip.

Taylor Hackford will direct the pilot.

If the project gets picked up to series, this would mark Holmes first full-time TV gig since her Dawson’s Creek days. The actress will next be seen in the Tribeca Film Festival-bound dark comedy Miss Meadows, and the utopian drama The Giver (out Aug. 15).